Osteoporosis Education and Support
A nutritionist will meet with individuals or small groups to discuss the role of nutrition in building bone mass and maintaining bone health. Physiological functions of a variety of nutrients important to bone health are reviewed, including calcium, vitamin D, sodium and caffeine. The nutritionist discusses recommended daily intakes, food sources and available supplements for each of these nutrients.
A physical therapist will discuss and demonstrate weight-bearing and resistive exercises that optimize bone health. Proper posture is reviewed and ways to prevent falls and fractures are discussed.
A social worker discusses psychosocial aspects of bone health, including suggestions for dealing with chronic pain, living with fractures and preventing falls in the home environment. Information about support groups is provided.