You think that your family home will be yours forever: it’s the place you raised your children, made countless happy memories, and now it’s where you can see your grandchildren grow up. But in a split second, osteoporosis can take that all away. Sadly, over half of all hip fracture patients discharged from a hospital...

On your way to the doctor’s office? Good for you! Regular check-ups are key to remaining happy and carefree well into your later years. But routine visits alone aren’t enough to guarantee good health. You also need to ask the right questions. Bone loss is a natural part of aging, but if you fail to consider it, you run...

Few people are aware of the true impact of osteoporosis, and yet many will suffer from it at some point in their lives. Related to a decline in bone mass density that can result in fractures, the condition currently affects about two million Canadians. It’s chronic, it’s hard to detect, and its effects can be...

Having “the talk” is never easy. It’s difficult, it’s uncomfortable, and it can be a downright awkward  experience if you’re not properly prepared. No one ever wants to broach that particular subject with their parents, but it’s often a crucial responsibility that comes with growing older. So while it may seem uncomfortable...

Osteoporosis currently affects about two million Canadians, but many more are at risk of developing this debilitating condition. Generally, young women achieve peak bone mass by the age of 20, and young men reach this milestone around the age of 25. But in their mid-thirties, both of these groups begin to experience...

Osteoporosis can sneak up on a person. Without a way to “check in” on your bones the way you can with other ailments and body parts, it’s possible that your bones can deteriorate over a number of years without any signs or warnings. That’s because bones tend to weaken with age, increasing the risk of fractures. Women over...

Financial experts will tell you it’s never too early to start saving for retirement. Many Canadians take that advice to heart, dutifully contributing to RRSPs, TFSAs and other investments. Their goal: to one day enjoy a comfortable retirement and the flexibility to do things like travel, spend time with family, pursue...

It’s easy to take one’s mobility and independence for granted. Climbing onto a chair to reach the highest cupboard – no problem. Descending a flight of stairs to get to the restaurant’s restroom – piece of cake. Rolling out of bed and stepping into the shower – a daily routine that isn’t given a second thought....

This article, describing and debunking some of the common myths about osteoporosis, appeared in The Huffington Post in November 2016. It has been republished with permission. Byline: Dr. Famida Jiwa, President and CEO, Osteoporosis Canada   November may be Osteoporosis Month, yet just five per cent of Canadians...

Going to the hospital is rarely a pleasant experience. Whether you’re the patient or visiting a loved one, being in a hospital can often be stressful and disheartening. And for someone with osteoporosis, it can be especially scary if you’re there after suffering an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporotic fractures, also...