It's never too late to look after your bones! That's the message we want seniors to hear in the fight against the silent disease, osteoporosis, a brittle bone disease that is the leading cause of hip fractures.
This program is focused on the early identification of patients at risk of repeat fracture. Patients seen in the Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Orthopaedic & Plastics Centre at North York General Hospital will be referred for a bone mineral density test to identify their fracture risk. High-risk patients receive follow-up at the Osteoporosis Clinic by a geriatrician and nurse. In collaboration with Osteoporosis Canada, the Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention Clinic supports risk reduction and early intervention.
Seniors’ Care at NYGH: Osteoporosis
Seniors' Care is a six-video series about common health challenges in older adults. As you age, it's important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and be aware of early signs and symptoms of health issues so preventative measures and early interventions can be taken. Watch the video Seniors' Care at NYGH: Osteoporosis and view other videos in the series.
Osteoporosis is a brittle bone disease that is the leading cause of hip fractures in older adults. Monica Lee, Pharmacy Practitioner at NYGH, says men over 50 and women post-menopause are at greater risk of osteoporosis. With early diagnosis, interventions and an assessment for falls, you can reduce the risk of fractures so you can continue to live a safe and active life.
Seniors’ Care at NYGH: Falls prevention
Falls can happen to anyone, but the risk of falls and their impact on your health is greater as you get older. About one in three people over the age of 65 who live at home will experience a fall — 40% of falls cause hip fractures. Renee Heitner, Physiotherapist at NYGH, says you can reduce your risk of falls with an assessment of your health and by learning how to stay safe in your home with the proper supports. Renee stresses the importance of maintaining your strength and endurance by exercising, and recommends those at risk join a falls prevention program.
For more information, please see Falls Prevention - 7 Simple Steps