Osteoporosis Awareness and Fall Prevention
May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month and an important time to remind you of the risk factors associated with low bone density.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the skeletal system classified by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. The condition commonly leads to an increased risk of bone fractures in the wrist, hip and spine. Many of these injuries come as a result of falls.
It is extremely important for seniors and caregivers to know about all of the issues that could put your health at risk. At HealthCare Partners, we provide you with comprehensive coordinated care that can help you learn how to stay safe and avoid potential dangers like a bad fall.
Studies indicate nearly one in every three adults over the age of 65 falls each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20-30 percent of seniors who fall suffer injuries like cuts, fractured hips or head trauma. These injuries can make it harder for seniors to live independently and continue their day-to-day routines.
One of the most effective ways you can minimize your risk of falling is to maintain a regular exercise schedule. The CDC recommends adults engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week. Walking, stretching, yoga and pilates are also great options for increasing balance and coordination. Remember, no matter how old you are, everyone can benefit from regular physical activity.
Environmental factors around the home can also impact the likelihood of falls. Make sure bathrooms and hallways have safety features like grab bars. Any area rugs in the home should be secure. You should also try to avoid shoes with thick soles and opt for non-slip shoes instead.
Closely monitor medications because certain drugs may cause dizziness or sleepiness which increases the risk of falls. HealthCare Partners' unique Total Care model provides senior patients with a team of doctors, nurses and care coordinators that can oversee all aspects of a patients' health and ensure proper use of medications.
HealthCare Partners Nevada is committed to helping you lead a healthy, active and fulfilling life. Our patients currently have access to a network of nearly 300 primary care physicians and 1,700 specialists throughout Las Vegas, Pahrump and Mesquite.