Feb 24, 2017 by Diane Genovese
If you are providing in home care to a family member or loved one with osteoporosis, there are a few things that you should know about this condition and how it impacts seniors. This can help any home caregiver provide quality home care to an aging loved one while insuring that they are getting the attention they need to thrive during this phase in their lives.
What is osteoporosis and what are the symptoms?
Simply put, osteoporosis is a condition where the bones weaken and lose mass over time, making them weak and susceptible to cracking and breaking. This disease is often known as a silent condition, because symptoms are rarely noticeable. Typically, it isn’t until a senior has cracked a bone that they know they have this disease. Seniors can get a bone density test though to determine if they have this condition.
What are the causes?
Age is the number one cause of osteoporosis. It is also much more common in women, especially after menopause. Approximately 80% of individuals with osteoporosis in the United States are women.
What are the other risk factors?
Besides gender, osteoporosis is also genetic. Seniors with poor diets, those with IBS, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes are all at a higher risk of developing this condition.
How do I provide quality home care to someone with osteoporosis?
One of the best things that you can do is to make sure that your loved one is eating a healthy diet and that they are getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D. You also need to take fall prevention very seriously, as a seemingly simple fall can cause any senior to break a bone or end up hospitalized.
The more you know about some of the basics of osteoporosis, the better off you will be as you continue to provide quality home care to an aging senior loved one with this condition.
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