Awareness is one of the most powerful tools that you can have in your journey as a family caregiver. By understanding the challenges that your parent faces you can better prepare yourself to give them the care that they need should these challenges become a part of their life as they age in place. For many elderly adults, one particular challenge that they might face is osteoporosis. This potentially devastating condition can lead to decreased function, mobility, and quality of life, and even increased risk of mortality. Protecting your parent from these consequences starts with recognizing if they may be at increased risk for the condition.
Some risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- Being a woman, though men can and do develop osteoporosis as well
- Age, with the risk increasing the older your senior gets
- Being of white or Asian descent, though other ethnicities can and do develop osteoporosis as well
- Having a parent or sibling who also had osteoporosis, particularly if their parent suffered a hip fracture
- Having a small frame or small bones, as these have less mass to begin with and suffer more serious effects from any loss
- Certain hormonal imbalances
- Not getting enough calcium
- Having a history of eating disorders or other circumstances that included severe restriction of food over a period of time
- History of gastrointestinal surgery, particularly if the goal or result of the surgery was to restrict intake of food or absorption of nutrients
- Suffering certain medical conditions, including cancer, lupus, Celiac disease, kidney disease, or inflammatory bowel disease
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Use of tobacco
Starting senior care for your aging parents can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your caregiver driving. A senior home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule that ensures that they have continued access to the level of care, support, and assistance that is right for them. Through a set of highly personalized services this care provider will help your parent to manage their needs and challenges in the way that is right for them while encouraging them to pursue a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and engaged as possible as they age in place. This care can be particularly beneficial if your senior is suffering health challenges or issues that need support and care, or are focused on reducing their risk factors for other health problems. As their family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that your senior has everything that they need both when you are with them and when you are not.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN KNIGHTDALE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TODAY. CALL (919) 761-5346.
Kathy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) who is active in several other senior related organizations, including Alzheimer’s State Champion program, Friends of the Northern Wake Senior Center board member, Ambassador for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Health Affairs Round Table (HART), and Senior Information Networking Group (SING).