Policy ImpactThe ‘Mind Your Bones’ program piloted in the retirement village setting is a unique and sustainable option to translate osteoporosis and preventative bone health messages to the population group who are most at risk from this silent and potentially debilitating disease.IntroductionOsteoporosis is a disease of weakened bones that often remains ‘silent’ until a debilitating fracture occurs . It is a major public health issue worldwide which will increase in prevalence as the population ages. In Australia in 2012, 66% of people aged over 50 years had osteoporosis, osteopenia or poor bone health and many do not know they have it . Fracture often precipitates lifestyle limitations including restricted mobility, causing changes in the ability of older people to remain living independently .Despite publication of clinical guidelines by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners , instigation of public health campaigns (http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/) and education for medical professionals , a considerable gap still remains in consumer knowledge about osteoporosis as a chronic disease, its consequences and prevention strategies . Studies conducted in different countries have shown that patients diagnosed with osteoporosis displayed limited knowledge about the disease and they did not consider it to be very serious even though there
Australasian Journal on Ageing – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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