Every year, the world celebrates World Osteoporosis Day. We spread awareness of the benefits of healthy bones, educate others by sharing stories, and speak of the causes, prevention, and treatments.
Although the condition can strike at any age, residents in independent living for seniors are more prone to osteoporosis. Living with the condition can be challenging. It is crucial for everyone to maintain healthy bones to help fight Osteoporosis.
On October 20, everyone is encouraged to dedicate time to spreading awareness and knowledge about this silent disease.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease, a condition that weakens the person’s bones or when the body fails to produce more bone cells. People with osteoporosis are more prone to breaking their wrists, backbone, and bones in the hip. For someone with Osteoporosis, daily activities can become challenging due to the frailness of their bones.
So, when a person reaches the age of 30, the bone mass stops increasing. It is crucial around this age to keep the bones as healthy as possible as breaks become harder to treat.
Many people suffering from osteoporosis do not feel their bones are breaking down over time. Thus, bone health is crucial regardless of age. And that is when World Osteoporosis Day comes in, to retain healthy bones as people age and prevent bone loss.
World Osteoporosis Day
The number of people with osteoporosis is rising. This bone disease is also increasingly becoming a burden to society, the healthcare community, families, and residents in independent living for seniors.
The annual occasion is a constant reminder for everyone to be proactive in ensuring healthy bones. Regardless of age, it is crucial to improve and maintain the prime health of your bones to remain active and mobile even in your senior years.
World Osteoporosis Day only happens every October 20, but this should not limit everyone’s awareness of the causes of the disease, diagnosis, and treatment. Every day, we all must be reminded of the importance of bone health.
Independent Living For Seniors and Osteoporosis
First, independent living for seniors must employ staff who are trained to understand the disease and the challenges it presents. Staff must also be qualified to care for residents with osteoporosis.
Senior care facilities must also provide services tailored to meet the unique needs of residents with osteoporosis. Facilities must also be osteoporosis-friendly when it comes to medical assistance, food menu, and carefully-planned activities.
Independent living for seniors must strictly follow preventive steps to ensure a clutter-free environment for their residents. Educating residents about the facility layout will keep them aware of the furniture and other things that can cause slip and fall accidents from happening.
Staff must remind and assist residents in taking their medication as prescribed in helping with bone maintenance. Besides, getting residents enough sunshine, the natural source of vitamin D is important to metabolize calcium.
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