October 12-20, 2017 hosts Bone and Joint Action Week, a global event raising awareness of prevention, diseases management and treatments for various disorders that affect bones and joints, including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma.
Did you know?
- Over 50 percent of Americans 18 years of age or older are affected by musculoskeletal conditions (The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States).
- Bone and joint diseases and disorders are the most common cause of long-term pain and disabilities physically worldwide (Bulletin of the World Health Organization).
We are joining the conversation this week, as many bone and joint injuries can be avoided by home modifications that increase visibility, accessibility and safety, such as:
- Easy-to-reach clothing rods and storage.
- Kitchen appliances and sinks set up for easy access.
- Hard-surface flooring or low-pile carpeting.
- Hand rails on both sides of the stairs.
- Shower seats and grab bars in the showers.
- Raised toilet seats.
With the holidays nearing and friends and family members of all ages visiting, now is the time to increase home safety! Take action to bone and joint safety this week by starting the process to home modifications that assist with Aging-in-Place.