If you are concerned that you may be at risk for osteoporosis, plan to attend an informative program on Thursday, April 3, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland. This free program will feature Linda Altizer, an orthopedic-certified registered nurse and the Orthopedics and Joint Care Coordinator at WMHS.
Osteoporosis is a progressive medical condition in which bones become progressively weaker to the point of being very fragile. This means that bones can break more easily, and a fall can often lead to a broken wrist, hip, or spine. Osteoporosis is the most prevalent bone condition among Americans and affects 50 percent of women over 50 and 20 percent of men.
This program, "Are You Fit to a T?” is part of the U. S. Bone and Joint Initiative to reach people before they have a fracture. The goal is to help people take the necessary steps to prevent progression of the bone disease and make changes in their lives to alter the course of the condition. There will also be information for young people about how to prevent the disease.
Aimed at the general public, the program provides information about risk factors for osteoporosis and helps participants assess their living environment and risk for fracture. Understanding the basics about bone health also enables participants to talk with their primary care provider about their specific risk and any next steps.
To register for this program, please call WMHS Community Health and Wellness at 240-964-8422. It’s never too late to make changes to improve your bone health.