To start your new year off right, take a read below on some tips to strengthen your bones and joints.
Bones can become susceptible to osteoporosis, loss or erosion of bone, which most commonly affects women. Osteoporosis is called the silent killer because you may not know that you have it until a fall or injury. To help prevent or treat osteoporosis, make sure to get your daily dose of Vitamin D and Calcium. If your diet falls short of the recommended amount, supplements can fill in the blanks. Visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation for more information outlining the disease.
Joints can become victims of arthritis. Some symptoms are pain, swelling, stiffness and difficulty moving the joint. Although scientists do not have a full understanding of the disease, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and refraining from smoking are known to help reduce the risk of arthritis. Learn more with the Arthritis Foundation.
Rheumatoid arthritis is also a cause of joint damage, where the body's immune system attacks its own tissue, and in extreme cases, one's internal organs. Over time, the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can cause bone erosion and joint deformity. Learn more about the Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network.
To prevent slips, trips, and falls:
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- Look out for rugs or uneven ground
- Wear shoes that have good traction
If your loved one has gotten to the point that they can no longer walk without assistance you may want to look into getting them a walker or cane. Walkers can be great for storage in the hanging compartments and some even have a fold down seat in case walking becomes too strenuous. Canes can also be a fun fashion statement. I know many older men who collect canes and pride themselves on their collections.
Secure Aging wants to make sure your loved ones are safe inside and out. We can help make life easier by tracking monthly income and expenses, as well as fully advocating for our clients’ well-being and safety. We are here to help make your life easier and keep your loved ones safe.
Reba Rogers, CPA, is the founder of Secure Aging, a group of care managers who preserve the independence and protect the assets of seniors by helping them with financial management. She is also a Director Consultant for BNI (Business Network International), a referral marketing organization which gives her access to many trusted business professionals in the community.