Recovering from a fall can be much easier for elderly people in an assisted living center. Often the resulting injuries from falls or accidents are caused by osteoporosis or weak bones, unbeknownst to many of the injured. Based on data from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis causes 2 million broken bones annually.
What and When is National Osteoporosis Month?
The NOF dubbed May National Osteoporosis Month in an effort to reduce rates of the condition and raise osteoporosis awareness. Currently more than half of adults over the age of 50 are at risk for osteoporosis. It’s predicted that by 2020, half of the adults in America will have low bone density. As a result, the NOF wants people to know their degree of risk and how to reduce it.
Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. In fact, the risk for heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined is less than osteoporosis risk for females. Weak bones can result from inactivity, a poor diet and smoking. Factors outside of an individual’s control that can increase risk are family history and having a low body weight. Bone density tests at the doctor’s office can identify people at risk before injury occurs.
Certain lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, can improve or maintain bone strength and density. Weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises are best for osteoporosis. Eating foods that contain calcium and vitamin work well with bones to improve mass. Healthy fats, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins are good things to have in your diet. Calcium and vitamin D supplements are popular. There isn’t any benefit to taking more than the daily recommended dose because whatever can’t be absorbed by the body just passes.
If loved ones have osteoporosis or low bone mass, consider taking these steps to protect them from injury. In the event of a fall or accident, it may be best to look into senior assisted living to ensure individualized and attentive care.