This guest post was written by Occupational Therapist, Azeena Ratansi 

When you think about Osteoporosis, do you picture the following?


Or does this come to mind?

Osteoporosis:  signs and prevalence

Osteoporosis often conjures up images of frail, elderly individuals – some of whom have a stoop or “Dowager’s Hump. However, its’ prevalence may surprise you. Approximately 1 out of every 4 women over the age of 50, will develop osteoporosis. The incidence doubles once you hit 60 when it becomes 1 out of every 2 women. It can affect younger individuals as well; particularly those with intestinal conditions such as Colitis or celiac disease, as well as people on certain medications such as long-term corticosteroid therapy and anticonvulsants.

Often, a broken bone is the first sign that you have a problem, though many people will tend to rationalize why their fracture occurred. Take for instance, the woman who slipped on her icy driveway and ended up fracturing her wrist. As she explained, “anyone would have broken their wrist, I landed on such a hard surface”. This example is a classic one illustrating a typical osteoporotic fracture. Fortunately, our bones are designed to withstand these types of stresses, which is why fractures due to falls, are often the first sign that your bone health may be compromised.

Bone Mass Density

How does one test for osteoporosis? A bone mass density (BMD) test is the gold standard and consists of a simple type of dual x-ray imaging of your spine and hip area.

When should you get a BMD?

Usually, your first bone mass density (BMD) occurs once you have hit menopause – this is often referred to as your baseline BMD. The results help to establish your fracture risk in addition to guiding management.  BMD alone, does not guide fracture risk but in conjunction with other factors, it is an important marker of bone health

Osteoporotic fractures of the spine

Falls and fracture prevention are going to be the key focus of my presentation on Friday ‘Osteoporosis: Prevention strategies for falls and compression fractures’. I’ll be explaining how fractures of the spine (commonly referred to as compression fractures) occur. Hint: most are NOT due to falls.  You’ll also learn practical strategies on how to change the way you perform many of your routine daily activities to lower the risk of these compression fractures.

Falls and their risk factors

In addition, we’ll learn about falls and which muscles are key to strengthen to reduce your falls risk, what some of the common environmental hazards are (not always ice or snow) and which behaviours play a key role in preventing falls. For instance, did you know there is a right and wrong way to position a chair when you stand on it to reach for things? Another frequent consideration is whether you’ve had a fall in the past 12 months. This is important because the evidence shows that once you’ve had a fall, your risk of another fall increases by 3 times.

Curious to learn more about how to minimize falls and osteoporotic fractures? Please join us on Friday May 13th at the Active Living Centre for an interactive and informative workshop.

I look forward to seeing you there………..

For more information and to sign up for this workshop, please contact reception at 416 733.4111

Azeena Ratansi is an Occupational Therapist with over 20  years of experience in the area of Osteoporosis. She is the past recipient of a Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation research grant and has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the International Osteoporosis Foundation. She is a Lecturer with the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.

NYSC Speaking Series

Join us for an informative speaking series featuring various professionals from the community every Friday at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for the month of May 2015. This series is FREE to attend! To register, visit ALC Reception or call 416 733.4111! 

Friday May 1: Emergency Preparedness & Fire Safety for Seniors This informative presentation will give seniors and older adults the tools and information to be better prepared for emergencies. During this interactive session, participants will be reminded of the importance of fire safety, how to make their homes fire and carbon monoxide safe and what to do if a fire occurs. 
Presented By: Jude Kelly & Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal & Emergency Management 
Refreshments sponsored by Canterbury Place 

Friday May 8: A Conversation on Senior’s Health & Fitness Learn more about assessing your “functional” age, safe lifting and exercise techniques, as well as common management strategies for your joint pain relief. With National Physiotherapy Month in May, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the profession and recognize the expertise and care that physiotherapists provide to promote good health, prevent injury and improve physical function and well-being. 
Presented By: Owen Wong, Physiotherapist, Judith Guide 

Friday May 15: Accident Awareness Accident Awareness is an educational organization targeting motor vehicle collisions, fatalities and ways to prevent them by knowing what and how they happen. This presentation addresses senior issues regarding the highways and will also look at the new testing for license renewal. 
Presented By: Bob Annan, Accident Awareness 
Refreshments sponsored by Canterbury Place 

Friday May 22: Naturopathic Approaches Naturopathic medicine is a complementary and integrative approach to primary health card aiming to address the cause of disease while supporting your body’s ability to heal itself. Learn about the naturopathic approaches to common senior’s health conditions as naturopathic doctors across Canada share the value of naturopathic medicine, healthy living and disease prevention for Naturopathic Medicine Week (May 11-17). 
Presented By: Teresa Tsui, Naturopathic Doctor 
Refreshments sponsored by Canterbury Place 

Friday May 29: Share Your Dreams, Build A Legacy It’s important to develop your estate plan to help share the future and ensure that your wishes remain intact. Join us to hear a fresh perspective on strategies to consider for preserving everything you’ve worked hard to build. Learn the value of having an estate plan – beyond a simple will, four key building blocks for an effective estate plan and what to consider when creating or updating your estate plan 
Presented By: Mac Mekawi, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones 
Refreshments sponsored by Edward Jone 

40th Anniversary

We're celebrating our past and growing into our future

It was in 1974 when a group of seniors asked Mayor Mel Lastman for a meeting place so they could socialize and enjoy recreation.  A modest storefront in Newtonbrook Plaza was found for them.  Over time we relocated to Empress Walk.

Through the years, we continued to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of people aged 55 years and older.  By 1987 we moved to our present home at 21 Hendon Ave. which is located on the Yonge subway line near Finch station. One year later, the popular Adult Day Services expanded and moved to its present home at 80 Sheppard Ave. West.

 We continued growing in 2009 through funding received from the Central Local Health Integration Network to provide a supportive housing program in two buildings; 5430 Yonge St. and 35 Park Home Ave.  In 2013, we became one of the first senior adult centres in Ontario to become an accredited organization. That’s quite a transformation coming from such a humble beginning.

 2014 marks our 40th anniversary and we’re celebrating with special open house events throughout the month of June. Stay tuned for more details about that. Oh! And there will be cake.

 Mayor Mel Lastman was a big supporter of NYSC.

Mayor Mel Lastman was a big supporter of NYSC.

 In 1979 with five years under our belt, it was time to celebrate with cake.

In 1979 with five years under our belt, it was time to celebrate with cake.

 By 1994 it was time to celebrate 20 years and going strong. Time to celebrate with - what else? Cake!

By 1994 it was time to celebrate 20 years and going strong. Time to celebrate with - what else? Cake!