Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects bone density, making for weaker and more fragile bones. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, over 54 million people have low bone mass and are at an increased risk for osteoporosis. It is estimated that 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over 50 years of age will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

What is Osteoporosis?

Our bodies are constantly building new bones and replacing old ones. When we are young, our bodies build bone at a much faster rate than we lose it. Between ages 18 and 25, humans reach “Peak Bone Mass”, which means that we have built the most bone and have the highest bone density. Over time, our bodies start to lose bone mass at a faster rate than they can form new bone. In women, particularly after menopause, the speed at which bone density is lost can dramatically increase–sometimes by as much as 20%.

Osteoporosis occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too much bone, or both. All bones are porous, which means they have a honeycomb-like structure. In people with osteoporosis, the holes and spaces are bigger or further apart, which makes the bones less dense and more fragile. Therefore, those with osteoporosis are at a much higher risk for breaks and fractures after even a minor fall.

This disease most commonly affects the bones in the hip, spine, and wrist and can prevent older adults from moving around easily or participating in activities they enjoy.

Preventing Osteoporosis

Because our peak bone mass occurs at around age 20, it is very important that children take steps to build strong bones before their rate of bone growth starts to decline. In older adults, however, there are still preventative measures to reduce bone loss and improve the body’s ability to rebuild bones, such as:

  • Eating a healthy, nutritious diet with fruits and vegetables
  • Consuming Vitamin D and calcium-rich foods
  • Maintaining an active lifestyle and exercising regularly
  • Avoiding smoking and alcohol

Managing Osteoporosis Symptoms:

To manage osteoporosis and slow its effects, you can start by…

  • Taking prescription medications to slow bone loss or help rebuild bone
  • Increasing the amount of calcium and Vitamin D in the body
  • Preventing falls by reducing hazards
  • Maintaining activity and practicing good posture with balance exercises

How Our Home Care Team Can Help

We provide seniors with a range of personal care services to promote health and independence, making it possible for the elderly to age where they want to age⁠—at home.

Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. With our personalized care plans, our clients choose the amount and type of care they prefer.

Home Care Services

Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising overall care on a regular basis
  • Providing assistance with activities of daily living
  • Assisting with personal care
  • Assisting with exercise and mobility
  • Reminding clients to take medications
  • Keeping records
  • Preparing meals
  • Doing laundry
  • Shopping for groceries
  • Running errands
  • Escorting clients to appointments
  • Providing companionship and conversation
  • Providing respite care
  • Assisting clients with confusion, disorientation, or mental health issues
  • Light housekeeping
  • And many more!

Care Management

Our care management solutions include but are not limited to:

  • Initial assessment and routine evaluation to develop a Plan of Care
  • Coordination, communication, and collaboration with the care team and the family
  • Providing education about treatment options and serving as a resource to clients and their families
  • And many more!
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