Approximately 200 million people throughout the world are currently living with osteoporosis. This condition puts your elderly parent at much higher risk of suffering from a fracture that can threaten their health, well-being, and even longevity. Understanding the risk that your aging parent faces when it comes to osteoporosis can help you to create a course of care that can help to reduce their risk, allow you to detect when your aging parent might be showing signs of this condition, and allow you to manage it more effectively if it does arise. This can help to prevent serious consequences related to this condition as your parent ages in place.
Some of the risk factors of osteoporosis include:
• Age. Everyone over the age of 30 is already experiencing loss of bone density. This loss increases with age, and the older your parent gets, the higher the risk that they will develop osteoporosis.
• Sex. While men can and do experience osteoporosis, women are far more likely to develop it. In fact, women are four times as likely as men to develop the condition.
• Genetics. There is evidence that family history plays into the risk of developing osteoporosis. If your elderly loved one had a parent who had osteoporosis, they are at increased risk of suffering this condition. Keep in mind that they might not have received a diagnosis of this condition, but may have suffered increased instance of fractures, such as hip fractures, or might have suffered serious injuries as a result of minor accidents.
• Size. Small women are far more likely to develop osteoporosis. Women of short stature or thin frame have less bone density to begin with, which makes the loss more serious when the density begins to diminish.
• Lifestyle choices. Poor lifestyle choices such as drinking alcohol and smoking, as well as eating an unhealthy diet, increase the chances that your aging parent will develop osteoporosis.
If your aging parent is at increased risk for osteoporosis or they have been diagnosed with this condition, starting homecare for them can be a fantastic way to encourage them to continue living an active, engaged, and fulfilling quality of life while managing their condition. This homecare provider can work with you to create a highly personalized approach to their care, support, encouragement, and assistance that helps them to not only deal with their condition, but keep their body healthy and safe, and keep pursuing the independent and enjoyable lifestyle that they desire and deserve.
This can include helping them to understand the risks that they face as well as the instructions that were given to them by their doctor, and then offering reminders to help them stay compliant and make the best lifestyle choices for their needs. If your elderly parent has not been diagnosed with this condition but is at increased risk, this homecare provider can help your parent make good lifestyle choices that will reduce their risk and help to keep them safer and healthier as they age in place. Especially if you are a distance caregiver or your schedule is busy and you are not able to be with your parent as frequently as you want to, this can give you peace of mind knowing that they are getting the care that they need, are staying active, and are remaining safe.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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