Joint Pain Common Ailment Among Seniors

October 12, 2012

Osteoporosis and bone and joint pain are common among aging parents and other senior adults.  The National Osteoporosis Foundation states that more than half of adults over age 50 have some degree of osteoporosis.

Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week, which occurs this year from October 12 to October 20, is a global event aimed at highlighting the need for preventive measures, early diagnosis, and proper treatment.

An aging parent's active lifestyle can offset issues associated with bone and joint pain

What do you know about bone and joint health?

How much do you know about bone and joint health?  Take this quick quiz and see.  (Don’t worry: You won’t be graded!)

  • True or False: There are more than 100 kinds of arthritis, including at least one which also causes skin problems.

True:  Sweet’s syndrome is a rare form of arthritis that can cause lesions on the skin.

  • True or False: Too much caffeine may contribute to bone loss.

True:  Scientists think caffeine may interfere with the body’s ability to use vitamin D, which is important for bone health.

  • True or False: Postmenopausal women, and men over age 65, need 1,200 – 1,500 mg of calcium and 400 – 800 international units of vitamin D per day to help prevent bone and joint issues.

Calcium is essential for good bone health.

True:  But you should always check with your doctor to see if this applies to you and to discover the proper way to get this amount of vitamin D and calcium.

  • True or False: Only the very elderly need to worry about osteoporosis.

False:  Although osteoporosis is most often associated with seniors, people of any age can develop the condition.

  • True or False: Men are more likely to develop arthritis than women.

False:  Actually, more women (almost 25%) than men develop arthritis (about 18%).

  • True or False: Exercise can help to slow down or prevent bone and joint issues.

True:  A moderate exercise program can make a big difference; however, as with vitamin D and calcium supplementation, always consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Take Advantage of Bone and Joint Week

Whether you earned a perfect quiz score or not, take advantage of Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week to learn more about what you can do to prevent bone and joint problems and to improve any issues that you may already have.  Certain days of this special week of awareness will emphasize specific issues; for example, October 12 is World Arthritis Day and October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day.

For more information, visit the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative.

Other resources for information on bone and joint matters:

National Osteoporosis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation

NIH Senior Health

U.S. National Library of Medicine

 

 

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