Osteoporosis can be a scary topic for your loved one because it can mean that she’s at risk of injuring herself or breaking a bone, which can lead to bigger problems. How can you tell if your loved one is at greater risk of developing osteoporosis?
Being Over 50 Years Old
As your loved one ages, she’s more likely to experience weakening in her bones. Your loved one’s bones stop growing and replenishing themselves as she ages and they become weaker. Diet, exercise, and other factors do make a difference, but the initial culprit can often be your loved one’s age. If your loved one’s family members have osteoporosis, that can be a factor to consider, too.
Being Deficient in Vitamin D or Calcium
Both vitamin D and calcium are crucial to your loved one’s skeletal system. Both of these nutrients help your loved one’s body to maintain and to repair her bones. Being deficient in these nutrients, both in the past and now, can lead to weakening in your loved one’s bones and eventually osteoporosis.
Having a History of Avoiding Exercise
Exercise, particularly weight-bearing exercise, helps your loved one’s bones to strengthen. It’s better if your loved one has been exercising for years, but even if she starts now, she can gain some benefits. Always be sure to talk to your loved one’s doctor before beginning an exercise routine to make sure it’s safe for your loved one.
Having a Health Condition that Causes Bone Weakness or Loss
Some health conditions, such as arthritis, can cause your loved one’s bones to weaken. Other health conditions that cause her to need to take specific medications, such as corticosteroids, can cause weakening bones. Always talk to your loved one’s doctor to weigh the risks of some treatments against your loved one’s other risk factors when you’re considering specific medications.
If your loved one does have osteoporosis, consider hiring elderly care providers to give her an extra hand with household tasks. This can help your loved one to focus on doing what she needs to do in order to keep herself healthier.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Princeton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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