It is best to avoid Osteoporosis before it begins to set in if at all possible! One it does, there is no reversing it, only treating it. Prescribed or OTC (Over-The-Counter) medications, as I have previously alluded to, can help to treat Osteoporosis and help to prevent future bone fractures, but if spinal bones have already collapsed, your client is out of luck so to say because there is no reversing this type of loss.
Osteoporosis is nothing to scoff at because it can lead to disablement! The ordinary thing many of us have to help with – or the reason that we get hired – is that our clients have fractured a hip. After rehabilitation, they are still not 100% and cannot seem to get back to their former self as easily. They move slower and in cases where the person has been previously diagnosed with dementia, this, too, can worsen with the trauma!
Like I have been stating over and over, the best proof is in the pudding and that is to prevent Osteoporosis from setting in in the first place! If you have any say up front, push the calcium and Vitamin D. If your client also avoids drinking large amounts of alcohol, quits smoking, exercises regularly and follows a well-balanced, healthy diet, they will be much better off in the long run. Of course, you will most likely get a lot of push-back on some of these (or maybe all) things, but the important thing for you to remember is that With Age Comes Respect and keep in mind why you decided to be a caretaker in the first place. Once you recall why you go to all the effort, you will get back on track.