As many individuals age, they mistakenly believe that bone loss and fracture is an inevitable consequence of the aging process. This is not true! There are measures that seniors can take to help keep their bones strengthened and to avoid fractures. Below are some of the best ways to monitor and promote bone health for seniors, presented by Philadelphia Home Care Assistance.
Just as muscles get larger when a person lift weights or participates in exercise, the bones also respond to exertion. Regular activity, such as participating in weight-bearing exercise, encourages the bones to become stronger and may help improve bone density. Good activities include walking and weight training. In addition, the muscle strength that is gained through exercise helps to support the skeletal system and acts as a safeguard against fractures. Many older patients may not respond well to some types of physical activity, so an individual’s physician should approve any new exercise routine.
Nourishing the Bones
Good nutrition is a key factor in maintaining good bone health especially in the older population. Several important vitamins and minerals are crucial to keeping the bones replenished.
- Vitamin C has been shown in studies to reduce the fracture rate in seniors by up to 50%.
- Calcium is an essential mineral that is needed for bone growth.
- Vitamin D acts as a catalyst during cellular uptake of calcium.
- Protein is an important building block in cells.
While many of these vitamins can be obtained through supplements, the best way for seniors to take advantage of these vitamins is through the diet. If your aging parent or loved one does not have access to fresh produce because they are no longer able to drive, or struggle to prepare meals because of immobility or an age-related condition, it may be time to seek help from a professional Philadelphia hourly caregiver who can assist with nutritious meal preparation and other household and personal care activities.
Monitoring Bone Loss
Bone density testing is an important tool that seniors should use to keep an eye on their bone health. Routine scans are a good way to monitor an individual’s bone status, and if significant loss begins to occur, a medication regimen that prevents further bone loss may be initiated. Women are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis than men and should receive diligent scans especially if there is a family history of hip fracture.
Interested in learning more about senior care? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Philadelphia today and schedule a complimentary, in-person consultation with a friendly Care Manager. We are available to help 24/7 and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Simply call 215-645-4663.