Healthy Bones, Healthy Body: Osteoporosis in Long Term Care
December 7, 2010•15 min
Host: Eric Tangalos, MD
Guest: Alexandra Papaioannou, MD
Millions of Americans have osteoporosis, but too often, a broken bone is the first indication of this common condition. What osteoporosis screening strategies can help diagnose osteoporosis in its early stages, and what treatment regimens are the most effective? Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou, professor in the department of medicine, and past-director of the division of geriatric medicine with a joint appointment in the division of rheumatology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, says it's important to target and prevent both falls and osteoporosis in tandem to reduce fractures. What are optimal amounts of calcium and vitamin D for older, less mobile patients? How can long term care facilities incorporate osteoporosis prevention into their screenings? Dr. Eric Tangalos hosts.