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Care About Dad on Father’s Day

June 21, 2020 @ 6:37 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Fathers Day is a time to remember your Dad.  Those young enough and fortunate enough to have a living Dad today should take time to connect and honor him, even if the best available is waving through a window or using Zoom.  Even if he is gone, take time to remember the good times and what he got right.  Repeat those yourself.

Wish your Dad a fulfilling and healthy life.  Avoid unnecessary problems, like fractures.  One in four men over 50 will have osteoporosis and unnecessary fractures unless they are treated for their osteoporosis.  Most fractures are a major inconvenience.  The majority of hip fractures in men over 70 result in complications leading to death or nursing home.

Detect osteoporosis early to start treatment to prevent fractures.  In many cases the only treatment necessary is improved nutrition and lifestyle.

Start with a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  That includes DXA/VFA, blood tests, focused history and physical, and focused consultation.

We find major and minor nutritional issues.  We help Dad correct them with enough calcium, vitamin D3, protein, other vitamins and minerals.

Improved lifestyle can improve diabetes, high blood pressure, strength, balance, and overall enjoyment of life.

Really care for your Dad by helping him to a happier, healthier life.  Help him Take Control of his future.

Jay Ginther, MD

NOF is being cute by suggesting you help specifically 31 patients.  The practical message is clear.  You can help others by directing them to: https://www.nof.org/national-osteoporosis-month-may-2020/ or https://cdn.nof.org/wp-content/uploads/NOM-Digital-Calendar.pdf

Cedar Valley Bone Health Institute of Iowa has additional handouts, as do most bone health practices.  www.BoneDocBlog.com has over 475 posts on various bone health topics.

Take Control of Your Future.

Jay Ginther, MD

All of us will die some day.  Many of us will not be able to fully express our wishes in our last days.  How do we want to spend our last days?  How do our parents want to spend their last days if they cannot speak for themselves at that time?

NOF has a brief video about deciding ahead of time who will speak for you if you cannot.  Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTxv-20ULwQ&feature=youtu.be .

Much better is the next video – a TED talk by Ellen Goodman at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbWcLYOniWU about The Conversation Project.  Talk about end of life care.  What YOU want to happen.

Given our medical backgrounds, my wife and I clearly know what we do not want and have made it clear to our kids.  Most people never have The Conversation because it is too early – until it is too late. 

Take control.  Decide how you would like to spend your last days.  Choose a health care proxy.  Talk about it.  Do the necessary paperwork.

Jay Ginther, MD

Print your Doctor Visit Checklist at https://www.nof.org/patients/communication-with-your-doctor/doctor-visit-checklist/

The listed questions are a good start for a conversation about your personal bone health.  A complete bone health evaluation involves: DXA with VFA, blood tests, examination, and a visit dedicated solely to discussing how you can improve your bone health.

The goal is to prevent fractures by preventing or treating osteoporosis.

Jay Ginther, MD