Managing Life: Your Parent Living With Osteoporosis

Managing Life: Your Parent Living With Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is common amongst elderly folks and it changes the way they live their lives. Once the diagnosis of osteoporosis is completed, certain lifestyle changes cannot be avoided. From eating a specific diet to help strengthen their bones, to suitable exercises that are gentle on joints yet good for mobility. These are necessary.

Understanding osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a type of degenerative disease by which the bone deteriorates. This form of deterioration is usually the case of bones becoming porous or thinner, hence the name. With weaker bones, a fall could lead to high fracture risk and even a break.

Who is at risk?
In most cases, older women are at higher risk of osteoporosis. The risk also increases if the disease is family-related and thus it can be hereditary.

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Doctors will do tests to determine the bone mineral density of the patient. They do this with special machinery and equipment. A bone x-ray will help determine bone density. The patient may also undergo an MRI of the spine and a CT scan during diagnosis.

Lifestyle changes for people living with osteoporosis

When it comes to making sure that your elderly mother or father is well, certain changes must be made.

Help prevent falls
Less clutter will leave more room to walk without the risk of stumbling over something. It’s also helpful to add skid-proof material to the floors of the shower tiles and surfaces that make it easy to slip.

They must quit smoking
Kicking the habit of smoking isn’t always simple. But quitting will help slow down the bone density that is already in place with osteoporosis.

They need a bone-healthy diet
Their diet must be rich in vitamin D, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals. Both vitamin D and calcium are vital to the health of bones.
A doctor will advise and check their prescription medication as well. Sometimes certain medications can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Their doctor may prescribe medication to help manage osteoporosis.

They need exercise to strengthen their bones
Our bodies were designed to move. Your elderly loved one should try to slot regular exercise into their daily lifestyle. You could help them by drawing up a daily schedule that will make things simpler to remember. There are many low-impact exercises that will help strengthen your bones.

Where can I get help for my mom or dad with osteoporosis?

While you may not have 24hours in a day to be there for your dear parent, you can get the help you need from Brooklyn Care. With a variety of frail care services from dedicated health professionals, your parent is always in good hands.

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