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Preventing Future Fractures - Once is enough

Story of a relative who is diagnosed with Osteoporosis and fracture her arm.

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How does your research relate to the Challenge?

Friends and family member around me are mostly 50 and above. I took care of my aunt who has osteoporosis and fractured her arm due to an accident. Also, one of my friend who is in her early 50s has just diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Tell us about your research:

Interview an Osteoporosis patient: 1. Age: 69 Female Asian 2. Current situation: Independent and live in an apartment by herself 3. Diagnosed Osteoporosis over 15 years and Broke her arms once 4 Comments she made during the interview: I had no idea what Osteoporosis is before. When the doctor said my bone density is lower than normal so I am more fragile compare to other people and easily get fractures. I was very shocked as it was the first time I heard about Osteoporosis. If I know osteoporosis earlier, I can take steps to prevent this from happening. The slipped and fell on the floor has caused a lot of pain. I was unable to work at that time and I have a 24-hrs carer to help me with my daily activities. It took me a long time to recover. I won't go out when it's raining outside. I will pay special attention when I walk because I really scare of falling again. I will ware shoes that are non-slip only. 5. Any family members diagnosed with Osteoporosis? No. Observation from my research: So far only women. I have not heard or met male patient.

What is an insight, question, or provocation that might inspire others during this challenge?

Early education on osteoporosis is very important. Not many people know about osteoporosis and how to prevent osteoporosis at an early age. For the osteoporosis patient, it will be good to have some professional or social workers and etc. to talk with. Maybe Osteoporosis patient to connect between them to share their story or everyday life?

Tell us about yourself

I am new research and development manager who is working for an entrepreneur. My background is Chinese Asian. I am a caregiver as my dad is a senior and disable. Also, I took care of my aunt who has osteoporosis and fractured her arm due to an accident.

If you participated in a Research Event, tell us which Chapter or city you came from:

Sydney, Australia


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Thanks Maggie Fung for sharing your insights in the Research Phase! What ideas did your findings spark? Now is the time to share them in the Ideas Phase!

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