How to Reduce the Risk of Osteoporosis?
May is National Osteoporosis Month and a great time for older adults to take a closer look at their bone health. Although Osteoporosis can happen at any age, it is more common in the elderly. However, having this condition doesn’t have to limit your quality of life. As long as you’re taking the necessary measures to stay safe, you can remain active & do the things you love.
For example, staying active is a great way to strengthen your bones and reduce the risk of falling. Balance exercises such as tai chi, strength training, weightlifting, running, dancing, and coordination exercises are all good for strengthening bones. However, you need to make sure that you’re doing these exercises the right way so you don’t end up getting injured. Practicing good posture & building your core strength also reduce the risk of falls by promoting improved balance.
Besides that, your diet also plays an important in reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Older adults should make sure that their diet includes adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D (which helps the body to effectively absorb and use calcium) to support stronger bones. Apart from calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt; incorporate lots of non-dairy foods in your diet, such as collard greens, kale, spinach, legumes, lentils, tofu, chia seeds, and almonds.
Making adjustments to your home like improving lighting, adding handrails and grab bars, clearing away the clutter for creating open walkways, securing cords & rugs for preventing tripping are some of the other ways to make sure osteoporosis does not stop you from enjoying things you love. To avoid having to climb or bend too much to fetch commonly used items, keep them at easy-to-reach places.
Working with an in-home care provider can also be advantageous for seniors living with osteoporosis. A caregiver can help with daily tasks, assist with meal planning and preparation, schedule appointments, & provide accompaniment when out on walks or running errands. To find the best in home caregivers in Contra Costa County, contact us today @ (925) 210-0323!