As we age, our bones progressively become weaker and less dense, making osteoporosis a common, yet serious concern for the elderly. Few seniors, however, are assessed or treated for osteoporosis and low bone density. At Renaissance, we have expertise on common health issues related to aging, including osteoporosis, and are dedicated to its prevention and maintenance. We make sure we raise awareness of osteoporosis and bone loss with our seniors and their families and provide appropriate exercise and nutrition programs to combat the disease.
What to Know About Bone Loss in Seniors
Unfortunately, bone loss doesn’t have obvious symptoms, so many don’t realize they are experiencing it until they’ve suffered a bone fracture or vertebrae collapse. These are injuries that can significantly impact a senior’s mobility and may require physical rehabilitation, making measures of prevention crucial. The first step in prevention is very much educating oneself on why osteoporosis is so prevalent among the senior population. Common reasons include:
- A decrease in appetite, which in turn, can lead to not consuming enough of the nutrients that support bone health, such as calcium and Vitamin D.
- Not getting outside enough, which limits exposure to natural sunlight, another great source of Vitamin D.
- Limited physical activity. A lack of movement means the muscles, joints, and bones aren’t getting the exercise they need, which can lead to decreased coordination and a loss in balance.
Osteoporosis Prevention Techniques for Senior Citizens
There are a few components to proper management of osteoporosis in elderly loved ones. Keep the following elements in consideration to ensure your loved one is leading as healthy a life as possible.
- Diet– A balanced and versatile diet will include ingredients rich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein, all necessary nutrients that support overall bone health.
- Limit Alcohol Consumption– Your loved one’s daily intake should not exceed two alcoholic drinks per day.
- Restrict Smoking– Cigarettes accelerate bone loss, and of course, bring other serious health complications.
Your loved one should also get regular exercise, which will help them increase strength and balance, so they are less likely to fall, and less prone to injury. In addition to these osteoporosis treatment and prevention guidelines, keep your loved one’s residence secure from falls by removing loose rugs or cords and having handrails installed in rooms. make sure that your loved one’s residence had had all loose rugs and cords removed and is well lit, as a fall prevention measure.
Bone Care and Management with Renaissance
Renaissance provides support to clients in preventing and treating osteoporosis. Our meals consist of healthy, nutrient-rich food, and our properties are well maintained to prevent falls. Home care clients can even get home assessments and recommendations for home modification from our experienced caregivers, as well as help with activities of daily living.
Through our comprehensive adult day care program, clients are encouraged to and participate in a variety of physical activities, including chair and stretching exercises, fitness and wellness classes, and very fun senior day trips and excursions, many of which include some form of physical activity. We also throw dances and similar special events, helping to keep seniors healthy, happy, and active.