Millions of aging in place Americans aged 65-and-over suffer from the degenerative bone disease known as osteoporosis. Unfortunately for many seniors with osteoporosis, enjoying the daily activities they once did has now become a painful and dangerous undertaking.

If you’re currently caring for an elderly loved one with the disease, ensuring their continued health, wellbeing and independence can be quite challenging. But it is possible when you use these proven ways to care for a senior with osteoporosis.

What is Osteoporosis?

In the average person’s body, living bone tissue is constantly being broken down and replaced. But when someone has osteoporosis, the production of new bone tissue doesn’t keep up with the loss of old tissue. Once that starts to happen, their bones become so brittle and weak that falls, or even minor activities like bending over or coughing, can cause fractures.

Osteoporosis-related fractures occur most commonly in the hip, wrist or spine areas. The disease affects men and women of all races, but white and Asian women who’ve gone through menopause are placed at higher risk for bone loss. There are several age-related causes for osteoporosis including hormonal changes, having a calcium deficiency, Vitamin D deficiency or combination thereof.

Osteoporosis Symptoms

Osteoporosis is hard to diagnose because at first it has no apparent symptoms. But once a patient’s bones get weakened, they usually start exhibiting these signs:

  • Stooped posture
  • Loss of height
  • Bones that break much more easily than expected
  • Back pain caused by collapsed or fractured vertebra

And although there’s no cure for osteoporosis, it can be managed with medications, diet and we