Osteoporosis is common among the older people in the society. More often than that, this medical condition is the result of the degenerating tissues in the body that comes with aging. This is not a surprise to those who undergo the process simply because our body normally change and would eventually slow down as we aged.
Apparently, it is not like everyone has to experience osteoporosis. As early as now, you can find a way out to avoid this. For our elderly people in adult day care center in Greenacres Florida, we’ve come up with three different ways to combat this debilitating disease.
- Eat right!
It is the time that you give up on eating unhealthy foods that can make you prone to having osteoporosis. There are so many kinds of food being sold in the market today, but oftentimes we forget to classify them according to their benefits.
We at Greenacres Adult Day Care are very careful with the kind of food that we provide to our elderly patients. Since most of them have health and body problems – including osteoporosis – we give them food rich in vitamins and minerals. Foods that are rich in vitamin D and calcium are helpful to make bones stronger and firmer.
You don’t have to wait until you have osteoporosis to start eating right. As early as now, you can start changing your diet and commit yourself to doing it!
- No smoking and heavy drinking
Aside from changing your diet, you must also avoid smoking – including secondhand smoke – and heavy drinking. Smoking cigarette and drinking too much alcohol won’t do you any good. The substance called nicotine – found in tobacco smoke – will flow directly into your bloodstream causing some major problems to your bones, heart and lungs.
If you began smoking at an early age, you would most likely develop bone cancer or osteoporosis later in life.
The free radicals generated from cigarette smoking can cause a significant decrease in bone mass causing the bones to grow weaker and more prone to breakage. Moreover, these free radicals can also destroy a lot of tissues and cells in the bones which are potential risks for osteoporosis.
We at Greenacres Adult Day Care in West Palm Beach, Wellington, Lakewood and Royal Palm Beach keep these free radicals away from our patients. For many years, we have supported this campaign together with others in our community because we believe it is necessary for the optimum health of our patients. That is also one of the reasons why our day care has always been a “No Smoking” facility ever since.
On the other hand, drinking too much alcohol can also cause osteoporosis. Our bones are very delicate and for it to stay strong and healthy, it must have enough calcium deposit. The problem with alcoholic drinks is that it can significantly decrease the amount of calcium content in the bones – eventually deteriorating it in no time – especially if you cease to do something good about it in the end!
So how do we prevent this? It is simple – we don’t give them alcoholic drinks!
- Do some exercise!
We believe that numbers are not just taught in school solely for business or measurement purposes but also for exercise routines! That 1 2 3 of yours can actually help a lot in building muscles and making bones stronger.
In our facility at Greenacres Adult Day Care, we offer appropriate exercises for our elderly patients. Part of our role is to assist them in doing their regular exercise so that they can keep up with the routine and get used to it eventually. We also understand the hassle of having to do the routine over and over again that is why we commit to giving them emotional support – by being their cheerleaders every time – to keep them motivated always.
There are different types of exercise but for this particular purpose – combating osteoporosis – we provide resistance exercise, flexibility and weight-lifting to increase their bone density. If we are able to achieve this, we could reduce their risk of having bone fractures.
Do you know anyone who is up for hiking and walking one of these days? Call that person right away – it is actually better to be with a companion when doing these muscle-building and bone-strengthening activities.