World Osteoporosis Day is October 20

Osteoporosis Awareness

Every year, millions of older adults will have painful hip fractures simply by an accidental fall. Many more will experience wrist, spine, pelvis, or shoulder fractures. Much of the time, this is the result of osteoporosis. Typically, someone who has suffered a bone fracture is two times likely to have another fracture if no diagnoses or treatment were made. Additionally, about 50 percent of people treated for a hip fracture in a hospital have previously had another fracture. The initial fracture is considered a warning. Once a fracture occurs, it’s always best to get screened for osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Facts:

  • Worldwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over 50 suffer fractures due to weak bones each year
  • 33 percent of senior adults who have hip fractures are unable to live independently a year after their fall (we frequently service these clients in home care NJ situations)
  • About 1 in 5 will not live a full year after the fracture
  • Spine fractures are extremely painful, causing a significant decrease in the quality of life
  • Without osteoporosis treatment, the risk of having new fractures is very significant

How can you slow or prevent osteoporosis?

  • Eat a calcium and vitamin D rich diet
  • Exercise regularly: walking, climbing stairs, hiking, dancing, climbing stairs
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages in excess
  • Do not smoke

Ways to prevent falls:

  • Have your vision checked
  • Use a cane or walker
  • Wear well-fitting shoes with rubber soles and low heels
  • Avoid slick surfaces
  • Remove clutter from walking areas
  • Remove throw rugs in the home
  • Add lighting in walking paths
  • Use grab bars in bathroom: tub, shower, toilet
  • Always use handrails on stairs
  • If floors are slippery, use plastic or carpet runners

For more information, visit www.worldosteoporosisday.org.