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Can You Protect Your Senior from Osteoporosis?

By Dr. Uchechi Wosu Isirimah – Owner | March 08, 2018

Elder Care in Burke VA: Caregiver Osteoporosis Tips

More than 200 million women throughout the world are currently living with osteoporosis. Though the risk is lower, men can also suffer from this potentially devastating condition. Seniors with osteoporosis are at greatly increased risk for suffering fractures that could diminish their functioning, mobility, and quality of life, and even increase their risk for death.

These statistics can seem shocking, but as a family caregiver, it is important for you to recognize the risk and what you can do to protect your parent. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and guard them against the potentially devastating consequences.


Some ways that you can protect your parent from osteoporosis include:

-Know their risk. Understanding the specific risks that your parent faces can protect them in two ways. First, it can help you to give your parent the care that they need to address their specific risk factors. Second, knowing the risk can help you to give your parent the care and support that they need to reduce the chances of serious injury if they do develop the condition.

-Encourage protein. Protein is an essential nutrient that is responsible for many functions throughout the body, including building and repairing tissue.

-Maintain proper bodyweight. Being underweight increases the risk both for the development of osteoporosis and the instance of serious injury. It is important that your parent maintain a healthy weight to reduce strain on the body and to ensure proper bone mass.

-Support calcium. The importance of calcium for bones is one of the best-known health recommendations, but many people don’t get enough. Dairy products are not the only source of calcium, and, in fact, dark green leafy vegetables, soy products, and edible bones such as those in canned fish are even better for providing calcium that strengthens and protects the bones.

-Get them exercising. Bones are living tissue. They grow, change, repair, and strengthen according to lifestyle choices and health. Staying physically active and getting enough exercise is extremely important for keeping their bones strong and also protecting their body, such as reducing the risk for falls and other accidents.

How can elder care help?

Starting senior care for your aging parents can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your caregiver driving. A senior home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule that ensures that they have continued access to the level of care, support, and assistance that is right for them.

Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider will help your parent to manage their needs and challenges in the way that is right for them while encouraging them to pursue a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and engaged as possible as they age in place. This care can be particularly beneficial if your senior is suffering health challenges or issues that need support and care or are focused on reducing their risk factors for other health problems. As their family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your senior has everything that they need both when you are with them and when you are not.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Burke, VA, please contact the caring staff at BrightHope Home Care and Senior Care today.
Call us at 703-595-2878  ~ We serve all of Northern VA.



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