What You Should Know About Osteoporosis

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Whether you have been caring for your aging parent for many years or you have just gotten started on your caregiver journey, it is likely that you have heard a considerable amount about the risks of osteoporosis. This potentially devastating disease can develop for years before it is detected, which means that your aging parent could be at serious risk. By understanding this condition and how it could impact your parent you can better understand how to care for your senior to keep them safer and healthier throughout their later years.

Some things that you should know about osteoporosis include:

  • More than 200 million women throughout the world are currently living with osteoporosis
  • Approximately 10 percent of women over the age of 60 have osteoporosis
  • Approximately 20 percent of women over the age of 70 have osteoporosis
  • Approximately 40 percent of women over the age of 80 have osteoporosis
  • More than 60 percent of women over the age of 90 have osteoporosis
  • Nearly 9 million fractures are caused by osteoporosis throughout the world each year
  • 30 percent of women over the age of 50 will experience a fracture due to osteoporosis
  • 20 percent of men over the age of 50 will experience a fracture due to osteoporosis
  • Just a 10 percent loss of bone density can more than double the risk of experiencing a fracture in the vertebrae
  • Experiencing one fracture increases the risk of another by approximately 86 percent
  • Approximately 20 to 25 percent of hip fractures occur in men
  • The lifetime risk of death for a woman who has suffered a hip fracture is equivalent to that of breast cancer

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 Leesburg, VA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands today. (703) 982-0050.