Osteoporosis affects 1 in 4 women ages 65 and over, and is more common in women than in men (osteoporosis affects 1 in 17 men ages 65 and over), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many people with osteoporosis do not know that they have osteoporosis until they break a bone.
Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle. A fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. “Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist, or spine”, according to Mayo Clinic. “Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone.”
It’s possible that your senior parent may have osteoporosis without knowledge, making them susceptible to potential bone breaks or fractures. Typically, there are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss, according to Mayo Clinic. But once your aging parent’s bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, they may have signs and symptoms that include:
- A stooped posture
- Loss of height over time
- Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
- A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected
There are many causes and risk factors that can lead to osteoporosis, which include age, race, lifestyle choices, and medical conditions and treatments.
SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills in-home home health caregivers can help your senior parent prevent or manage osteoporosis by providing top-notch care that includes housekeeping (to help ensure that your senior parent enjoys a clean, well-kept, and fall-proof home), medication management, healthy meal preparation, and exercise encouragement.
Mayo Clinic suggests that a healthy diet and regular exercise are essential for keeping your aging parent’s bones healthy. SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills caregivers can ensure that your senior parent receives the proper nutrition, exercise, and health care to help your senior parent prevent or manage osteoporosis. The following tips can keep your senior parent’s bones healthy:
Eat protein. Protein is one of the building blocks of bone. In addition to healthy animal proteins such as fish and white-meat poultry (chicken and turkey), soy, nuts, legumes, dairy, and eggs can provide your senior parent with essential, bone-strengthening proteins.
Maintain a healthy body weight. Being underweight increases the chance of bone loss and fractures while being overweight puts stress on your bones and joints and increases the risk of fractures in your arm and wrist.
Get enough calcium. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 50 need 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. This daily amount increases to 1,200 milligrams when women turn 50 and men turn 70. Good sources of calcium include:
- Low-fat dairy products
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Canned salmon or sardines with bones
- Soy products, such as tofu
- Calcium-fortified cereals and orange juice
- Calcium supplements
Exercise regularly. Exercise helps build strong bones and slow bone loss. Strength- and balance-training exercises including weight-lifting, walking, jogging, yoga, and Tai Chi practice help promote bone health.
Call SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills and work with a trustworthy, professional, and experienced in-home home health caregiver to help ensure that your aging parent leads an independent, healthy lifestyle that enhances bone strength and reduces osteoporosis symptoms and risk.
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Anaheim Hills
SYNERGY HomeCare of Anaheim Hills is the name you can trust in Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange and Placentia for personal home care. SYNERGY HomeCare of Anaheim Hills is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ca/anaheim-hills/ca25 . The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 714- 706-1613 and [email protected] .