Fractures are a public health issue that severely affects people, their caregivers, and the healthcare systems. As people age, a failure to ensure good bone health can cause fractures and lead to a loss of mobility and independence. Older adults who sustain a fracture are at very high risk of sustaining subsequent fractures. Interventions are needed to address fractures in general and secondary fractures specifically.
The Global Coalition on Aging’s Bone Health Initiative released “Improving Bone Health in the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing,” providing a snapshot of the importance of bone health to healthy aging and the need to implement effective intervention in the form of Fracture Liaison Services, a proven, integrated model of care which provides personalized care to help prevent secondary fractures. The Bone Health Initiative calls on global and national policymakers, officials in age-friendly cities and communities, healthcare professionals, patient advocacy organizations, employers concerned about the health and employability of older employees, and other societal stakeholders to join in advocating for the adaptation and prioritization of Fracture Liaison Services to prevent secondary fractures. FFN is participating actively in this Initiative.
Global Coalition on Aging Bone Health Initiative
The Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) convened its Bone Health Initiative (BHI) in 2022 with the goal of elevating bone health on the global public health agenda. By bringing together a partnership of leading scientists, clinicians, policy experts, advocates and business leaders with expertise from across osteoporosis, aging and public health, the BHI aims to leverage the UN/WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing as a unique moment to emphasize the importance of bone health through the healthy aging lens, with a focus on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of fragility fractures. Through communications, education, advocacy and cross-discipline collaboration, the BHI is focused on aligning policy change and healthcare practice with 21st-century healthy aging realities to thereby ensure the highest quality of life possible for those with or at risk of osteoporosis and to reduce the costly impact of osteoporosis and fragility fractures on health systems.
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