In honor of Women's History Month, Synergy HomeCare of Inland Empire wants to educate the women in our community about the "silent disease," otherwise known as osteoporosis. Osteoporosis , a disease in which the bones become weak and brittle, is called the "silent disease" because bone density decreases without any signs or symptoms, and may not be detected until you or your loved one endures a strain, bump, or fall that causes a bone to break. Men and women with osteoporosis tend to break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Osteoporosis and Related Bone Disease National Resource Center .
In January 2011, NIH reported that more than 40 million people in the United States either have osteoporosis or are at a high risk of developing the disease due to low bone mass - eight out of 10 of these individuals are women, and small, thin elderly women are at a greater risk of developing this disease. In order to check your or your loved one's bone health, ask your doctor about a performing a bone mineral density test.
Listed below are a few tips to help you or your loved one prevent and manage osteoporosis. If you or your parent struggles with managing a healthy diet and exercise regime, consider hiring a Synergy caregiver to alleviate the stresses of living with osteoporosis.
Prevention and treatment for osteoporosis includes:
• A balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D: Synergy caregivers can assist your elderly loved one prepare a well-balanced grocery list and assist your parent with grocery shopping to ensure proper diet. As our trained caregivers assist with meal preparation, they will also monitor the food and fluid intake of your senior parent to ensure healthy nutrition. If your loved one is unable to cook a nourishing meal, our caregivers can prepare a well-balanced meal, as well as ensure thorough cleanup to prevent the spread of bacteria or food-borne illness.
• An exercise plan: Staying active and mobile is important to your elderly loved one's health and independence. Synergy caregivers can accompany your family member on walks and encourage regular exercise.
• Medications, if needed: Synergy understands that some individuals are unable to properly and safely manage their medication. Synergy caregivers are able to assist with pre-dispensed medication reminders when needed, eliminating confusion or stress due to restrictions. If remembering to take medications is a challenge for you or your elderly loved one, consider hiring a Synergy caregiver to relieve stress and ensure safe and proper medication supervision.
• Use a cane or walker
• Wear rubber-soled shoes
• Walk on grass when sidewalks are slippery
• In winter, put salt or cat litter on icy sidewalks
• Keep rooms free of clutter
• Use plastic or carpet runners on slippery floors
• Wear low-heeled shoes that provide good support
• Do not walk in socks, stockings, or slippers
• Be sure carpets and area rugs have skid-proof backs or are tacked to the floor
• Be sure stairs are well lit and have rails on both sides
• Put grab bars on bathroom walls near tub, shower, and toilet
• Use a rubber bath mat in the shower or tub
• Keep a flashlight next to your bed
• Use a sturdy step stool with a handrail and wide steps
• Add more lights in rooms
About SYNERGY HomeCare- CORONA, CA
Synergy HomeCare of Inland Empire is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. Synergy HomeCare of the Inland Empire SW 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 Inland Empire Southwest can be found online at http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected] .