When offering specialty care to an older person, the senior care provider should be aware of the signs of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis literally means porous bones and it can have very serious repercussions if it isn’t identified and properly treated.
Around the age of thirty the bones stop getting stronger and can actually begin to lose density. Bone density depends on the amount of calcium and phosphorus and other minerals contained within the bones. The onset of this diseases can depend on how much bone density you have built up over the years.
Since these factors aren’t always easy to identify it is important for senior care professionals to be aware of the symptoms of osteoporosis. The symptoms include a stooped posture, loss of height, and possibly back pain caused by small fractures in the vertebrae. Good communication between a senior care provider and a patient is critical in identifying and treating the diseases.
Any senior displaying these symptoms should have a bone density test to help in determining what steps to take to reduce the risk of unwanted fractures. After the bone density test a proper diet and some exercise each day can help to slow the damage caused by osteoporosis. A specialty care provider can be very valuable in helping seniors who have this debilitating condition.