Older mother with significant osteoporosis, what to expect
March 11, 2012 8:19 PM Subscribe
Mother, 80 years old, with significant osteoporosis -- what should we expect?
posted by ClaudiaCenter to health & fitness (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My mother is 80 years old with significant osteoporosis. She's lost inches of height and is very frail and slow and bent over. She's had at least one fracture in her spine. She's been given all kinds of treatments but nothing has helped. She has chronic back pain treated with Tylenol. Other than the severe bone loss she has no significant health problems. She lives in a one-bedroom unit that is part of a tiered retirement community. She still goes out about three times a week (e.g. church, movies, concert) with transportation provided by friends or the retirement place. She is mentally sharp.
What can we (her children) expect over the next months and years? Quality of life? Pain management? Life expectancy?
If any of you have gone through this with your mother (or father, but more common with older women), what should I know? (I tried to google, but it didn't really help me understand.)