Growing old is inevitable. Eventually, our bodies will age and before we know it, we find ourselves having a difficult time in standing up, sitting down or even walking. This everyday struggle is not just tough for ourselves but for our family as well.
A common situation in which elderly adults find themselves in is having the condition termed as Osteoporosis. In this condition, a person’s bone strength decreases and becomes fragile and brittle to the extent of possibly breaking. Typically, back bones, hip bones and forearm bones are the ones broken.
There are not much symptoms until a bone breaks. By then, the bones may have weaken and eventually, will result to chronic pain as well as the disability to carry on with normal daily activities. Although osteoporosis manifests very much later in life, it actually develops at a younger age of 20-35.
Osteoporosis may be due to several reasons such as bone loss, treatments of alcoholism, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, anorexia or even surgeries. Fortunately, osteoporosis may be prevented.
The prevention of osteoporosis generally includes adopting a proper diet throughout childhood. An effort to avoid intake of medications that causes osteoporosis will also help. A proper diet and exercise will also be needed. Habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking should also be put to an end if you are looking into preventing this condition.
However, for those who are already in the situation and has found themselves with this condition, there are ways to make life easier.
First and foremost, falls should be prevented. An elderly with osteoporosis already has a very fragile bone and so, a fall is the last thing we want to happen. Avoiding falls will include having their vision checked so as to make sure they would not slip and fall on the floor. Their clothes should also be in accordance to their body and height—they should not trip on their dresses or pants as this may cause them to fall.
Another way to avoid falling and make everyday movements easier is to give them walking aids. A three wheeled walker is a great walking aid for an elderly with osteoporosis. Compared to a typical cane, a three wheeled walker will offer more support.
Not much different from a four wheeled walker, the three wheeled walker gives elder adults better maneuverability. Turns are easier to do and their movement will be more fluid. Three wheeled walkers are also lighter.
Most three wheeled walkers have storage bags in the front so as to allow elderly adults to carry, without a hassle, whatever they want to carry when walking around. Although three wheeled walkers seem to be less stable, they have been equipped with locking brakes so as to avoid accidents and falls.
Furthermore, improving the diet of the elderly will also help them cope with the condition. Salt intake should be lesser and food with more calcium and protein shall be given. An appropriate exercise program will also be pleasant for them as it will keep their bones stronger.