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  • Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.

  • Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone.

  • Osteoporosis affects men and women of all races. But white and Asian women — especially older women who are past menopause — are at highest risk. Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.

  • Women make up 80% of those with osteoporosis. Find out how to prevent and treat this disease.


The following online resources for seniors provide access to reliable information about osteoarthritis: 

Osteoporosis Patient Education

Information from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, a health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, promoting strong bones for life and reducing human suffering through education, advocacy and research. It is the nation’s only health organization solely dedicated to osteoporosis and bone health.

Osteoporosis Basic Facts and Information

Information from, created by the American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation, to provide consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging.

Osteoporosis In-Depth

Information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a federal health agency that supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis, and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; and informing the public about these conditions.

Osteoporosis Medications

Information from the National Library of Medication

Osteoporosis Fractures/Fall Prevention

Information from the National Osteoporosis Foundation. If you have osteoporosis, you can take steps inside and outside your home and in your daily routine to prevent falls. Taking these steps can help you enjoy an active and healthy life.


For more information about preventing falls visit the Neighborhood Falmouth Physical Injury & Falls page.

Bone Density Test

A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. This test helps to estimate the density of your bones and your chance of breaking a bone.

Learn about the bone density test from the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

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