As stated by the National Osteoporosis Foundation:
Osteoporosis is a disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result bones become weak and may break from a fall or in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.
- An older adult falls every second of every day.
- Falls are the #1 cause of hip fractures.
- More than 7 million of those falls required medical treatment or restricted activity for at least a day.
- Vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for both falls and broken bones.
- Regular physical activity that includes muscle strengthening exercises and balance helps reduce the risk of falls and improves the health of your bones.
- Eat healthy.
- Don't Smoke.
- Take Vitamin D supplements.
- Limit your alcohol
- Talk with your doctor about potential screenings, such as a bone density test.
- Pick up a home safety checklist from Healthy Aging Association
- Get regular physical activity. An exercise program that is a combination of posture exercises, functional strength exercises, and balance exercises are ideal for healthy people as well as those with osteoporosis. Our Young at Heart classes target all of those areas.
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is 9/22/17
The NCOA National Council on Aging at www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-day