Take action with these four simple steps to help reduce the risk of falls and bone fractures.
- Stay Moving: Walking, stretching and simple flexibility exercises like yoga or Tai Chi can help you avoid injury. Help keep your bones strong with low-impact activity like the chair exercises offered at the CommunityCare Senior Center.* Ask your doctor about the best activity for you.
- Talk to Your Doctor: Broken bones are more common when bones are thinned or weakened. Osteoporosis is a disease in the bones that causes them to become weak. Talk to your doctor about how diet and exercise affect bone health. If it is right for you, your doctor may discuss starting medicine for osteoporosis.
- Ask about a Bone Mineral Density Test: If you or a loved one is a woman over the age of 65 and has broken a bone, get a bone mineral density test. This is a painless test that can tell your doctor how strong your bones are. The bone mineral density test is the only way to know for sure if you have osteoporosis.
- Take Caution: Look through your house for anything that could cause you to fall. Remove objects from stairs, remove rugs, wear hard-soled shoes, keep paths well lit and use handrails on stairs and in the bathroom. Also talk to your doctor if any of your medicines make you light-headed or dizzy because these side effects could cause you to fall.
Working with your doctor is the best way to treat osteoporosis and help prevent future falls or breaks.
Sources: CDC, American Academy of Family Physicians