It’s National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month 2014. Osteoporosis is significant reduction of bone density that occurs over time and is often not noticed until painful symptoms surface.
We encourage our readers, both patients and caregivers, to stay informed on bone health and to take note of risk factors for osteoporosis, such as osteopenia (low bone mass not as severe as osteoporosis), eating disorders, low calcium intake and small stature. Women are more likely than men to have osteoporosis.
Prevention is important for those who are at risk and for those wanting to lessen the effects of already-existing osteoporosis. Prevention includes diet, exercise and higher calcium intake through food or calcium supplements.
Increase exercise, even if only a small amount
Getting a workout video, such as A Fitness Experience, for your loved one with osteoporosis will help strengthen their bones through movement and bearing weight. A Fitness Experience is perfect for the elderly and those who are frail. The exercise routines for this video will also increase your loved one’s ability to balance, reducing the likelihood of serious falls.
Consult literature on osteoporosis
In observance of Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, we also want to take note of our book 100 Questions & Answers About Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.
This authoritative book on osteoporosis written by two health care professionals provides practical and emotional support for those with osteoporosis and caregivers. It will empower you to prevent the progression of osteoporosis and recognize fractures and other symptoms of the condition.
“Building strong bones and enhancing bone health must be a lifelong focus for every woman and man,” said Amy Niles, President and CEO of National Women’s Health Resource Center. “In an easy-to-read format, Ivy Alexander and Karla Knight offer readers comprehensive information on a range of osteoporosis-related topics.”
Persevere through planning, discipline
Consistency and perseverance are the winning combination for managing low bone density and osteoporosis.
The Complete Eldercare Planner not only answers questions to guide you through osteoporosis and an array of other conditions our elderly family members may be going through. It is also a one-stop location to keep up with appointments, checklists, worksheets, action plans, names, phone numbers and much more.
It’s the perfect tool for remembering to take calcium supplements and other osteoporosis related treatment. Keep track of your loved one’s exercise habits and routines.
If you have osteoporosis or are caring for someone who does, we hope our books and videos will help you stay informed and keep on track.