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Bone health and care

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:26 pm

For seniors and anyone with bone health issues, a fall can be a step to further loss of independence unless there is some understanding of how to make spaces free of obstacles in the home or in the yard. There is reason to be neighbourly and keep yard,pet and food debris off sidewalks, driveways and public walkways-they are trip and slip hazards for the mobile and those using mobile devices.

Falls prevention classes tend to come up after a fall but for some people, prevention is uppermost in their minds as they age and realize maybe a class or talk can help point out what to do to make a residence safe for older adults.

One article addressing falls and seniors was published in a caregiving column in a Canadian daily newspaper. It offers a few things to consider about falls:
Research has shown that people fall for a variety of reasons such as, muscle weakness in the legs and changes in gait patterns as people age, which can be due to lack of exercise, arthritis or neurological causes. Changes in blood pressure, especially when standing up, dehydration and certain medications can also increase one’s risk of falling. Inappropriate footwear is a huge culprit too — especially backless shoes, smooth-bottomed shoes or heels. Sensory problems with one’s vision — cataracts and glaucoma to name just two — can lead to poor depth perception or difficulty adjusting to light changes. Poor sensation in the feet can result in not knowing what you are stepping onto or into.

https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2016/10/23/falls-are-main-cause-of-hospital-visits-for-seniors-caregiver-sos.html

The Additional Resources at the bottom of this care provider's website offers some tips on how to handle a fall and how to make one's home safer.e
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http://www.stjosephshomecare.ca/client-services/help-at-home/falls-prevention-safety-at-home

Falls Prevention toolkit posted on a Canadian website for Ontario residents.
http://www.hamiltonfht.ca/en/managing-my-health/Trips-and-Falls.aspx

November is Osteoporosis month and the cause wears purple! Lead article is about diabetes and the link with fractures.
http://www.osteoporosis.ca/osteoporosis-and-you/copn/latest-coping/?utm_source=Sexuality%20Read%20More%20Text%20Link&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=COPING%2002-18-2015&utm_source=COPING%20Feb%2018,%202015&utm_medium=Social%20Media&utm_campaign=COPING%20Feb%2018,%202015%20Sexuality,%20Osteoporosis%20and%20you%20pt.1

Distinguishing between osteoporosis and osteoarthritis:
http://www.osteoporosis.ca/osteoporosis-and-you/osteoporosis-and-osteoarthritis/
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Re: Bone health and care

Postby Tsukihime on Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:14 pm

Something called bone broth comes up now and then in magazines as a way to get more nutrition. It involves meat bones and vegetable scraps being cooked together to make a souplike result to eat.

Really, bone health is being aware of what your bones need as you age and change in ability and movement. A cast or bedrest is not fun for long.
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Re: Bone health and care

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:26 pm

Is there a right way to fall? How does one do THAT?

“As physical therapists we talk a lot about preventing falls, but what we don’t talk about is what to do when you actually do fall,” said Jessica Schwartz, a physical therapist in New York City who trains athletes and people with prosthetic limbs to fall without hurting themselves. “It’s almost inevitable you are going to fall, so you really should know what to do.”

The number one thing to remember, she said, is to protect your head. So if you find yourself falling, pivot to your side and tuck in your head.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/well/move/the-right-way-to-fall.html?_r=0
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Re: Bone health and care

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:17 pm

When we age, why does it seem it takes longer to recover from bruises or cuts or scrapes? Well, our skin's fat layer seems to age too by thinning of its layer.
Because our bodies may not work as efficiently as we get older — and skin cells take longer to repair and replace themselves as we age — bruises stick around, Sinha says. So it looks like it takes more time for them to turn from black to brown to yellow.

But even in younger people — by the way 60 is younger — there are other culprits that make us bruise more easily and make those bruises linger longer, Sinha says. These include drugs, medication and herbal remedies.

Anticoagulants, such as warfarin, which reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by thinning the blood, and antiplatelets, such as Aspirin, which prevent our blood cells from sticking together and forming clots, make it harder for the body to repair itself.

https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2017/11/06/bruises-get-worse-and-last-longer-with-age-qache.html

I noticed at the end of the article, there is mention of zinc and pineapple (bromelian). Magnesium is also known to assist in the recovery of bruises.
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