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Beginning on October 12th will be Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week. This observance week was created in order to bring to light the importance of musculoskeletal health and what can be done to prevent and care for these conditions. This is an especially critical topic for the senior population because during the aging process bones lose density, making them more susceptible to fractures. For adults over the age of 60, one minor fracture could be life-threatening. If you are providing senior care for a love one, here are some preventative measures that can keep them healthy and reduce their chances of fracturing a bone.
Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight can cause a huge strain on joints, resulting in chronic pain in the knees, back, and hips. The best way to relieve this pain and reduce pressure on these areas can usually be done by losing the extra pounds.
Light to moderate exercise on a daily basis will strengthen both the joints and bones. Swimming or biking are great activities to get the heart rate up and reduce joint swelling and increase bone strength, but if your loved one wants to take their workouts to the next level, aerobic exercises will get them in great shape. The worst thing elders can do for their health is sit still because without moving the body for long periods of time, the joints will become stiff.
Seniors should know their body's limits because by exercising beyond those limits, they could cause more damage to their joints or bones. Keep the exercises light if your loved one experiences any joint pain or discomfort by going for walks, gardening, or doing household chores.
Quit drinking and smoking
Bone mass can be greatly reduced by heavy drinking and tobacco usage, increasing the chances of bone fractures. The best way your aging loved one who is accepting in-home care can keep their bones and joints healthy is by eliminating these toxic products.
Get plenty of calcium
From the time we were in elementary school we learned that milk would give us strong bones. The same holds true for aging adults; women over 50 should consume 1,200 mg of calcium daily, while men over 50 should consume 1,000 mg of calcium daily. Some excellent sources of calcium include:
- Dairy products, such as low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt
- Foods fortified with calcium, including cereals and orange juice
- Dark green, leafy vegetables
- Nuts, salmon with bones, tofu, and soybeans
Calcium supplements can also be used to help your loved one get the calcium his or her bones need to stay strong.
Get plenty of vitamin D
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, but is something many elders do not get enough of. Adults between the ages of 51 and 70 should consume at least 600 international unites (IU) of vitamin D daily, while adults over 70 should consume at least 800 international units (IU).
Many seniors are plagued with joint pain or fragile bones, so during Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week consider this tips in order to keep your loved one healthy and pain-free.
WebMD. "Caring for Your Joints."
NIH Senior Health. "Maintaining Bone Health."
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Weston, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.