Winter Warning from the IOS

The National Experts on Osteoporosis

The weather is starting to turn cold and icy. It is at this time of year that slips, trips and falls occur.

Every year A & E departments are overflowing with multiple broken bones,
please help prevent this from happening to you or a family member this year.

To help prevent falls and broken bones this winter

  • Get a DXA scan if you have one or more risk factors for bone loss, as preventing or treating Osteoporosis, will significantly reduce your risk of breaking bones.
  • Take the daily amounts of calcium and vitamin D3, to help prevent and treat Osteoporosis, preferably through food.
  • Buy some imperishable goods so that if the weather is appalling, you are not forced to venture outside.
  • Only go out in the ice or snow if you have no other choice. If possible, ask a family member, neighbour or friend to pick up your groceries for you. Take small steps and lean slightly forward at your waist.
  • Buy a pair of the detachable shoe grips before they sell out. They slip onto the soles of your shoes and help improve traction on ice and snow.
  • Buy salt now for your driveway
  • Always have a list of any allergies you may have and any medication you are taking in your purse or wallet. This because if you have an accident, you will be able to be treated more quickly as they will know your medical history.
  • Plan ahead: Make sure to set aside additional time to get to your destination. Never rush, as this is when accidents can happen.
  • Always look around the floor areas in supermarkets. There is a higher risk of items being spilt or dropped on their floors.

If you or a loved one has a fall –

  • Check if you can move your arms and legs, slowly without pain.
  • If you fall and experience pain, do not move and have someone call for assistance.
  • If you are on your own, try to crawl slowly to the nearest phone. Preferably, always keep your mobile on you.
  • If you are a senior citizen living alone, consider getting a life alert pendant. This device connects to your phone system, which means if you have a fall, you can request help right away.

 

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