Since the COVID-19 lockdown began and even now as things begin to open up across the country, many health professionals have been consulting with their patients on-line or on the phone to maintain social distance and help prevent the spread of the virus. Here are some tips to help you make those appointments more successful. Note that these tips are meant primarily for patients with osteoporosis.
Whether you have had a new diagnosis or been prescribed a new medication. Some conditions and medications may contribute to bone loss or fall risk. If you are on an osteoporosis medication, are you taking it according to directions and are you experiencing any side effects.
During this lockdown, hospital emergency departments are still open. If you are having an emergency and need help, do not hesitate to go to the emergency department. Do not feel that you must wait for your virtual appointment.
I am 75 years old. Six months ago, I thought that “zoom” was a word that little boys and girls used when they were playing with toy cars. However, since the COVID-19 lockdown began, the word has taken on quite a different meaning when, like thousands of others, I turned to Zoom, an online video communications tool to stay in touch with others. There are many other such tools, but Zoom is the one I am most familiar with and it is used by many organizations and individuals.
I have participated in Zoom meetings for work, with book club members, with friends, and to continue my involvement with various organizations to which I belong. I don’t know how to set up a Zoom meeting, but I have gotten pretty good at being a participant.
At first, I was anxious. I didn’t know if the link would work, if I had to download the app, which devices would work (I have a smartphone and a laptop). I didn’t know how to mute or unmute to take part in the discussion; how to turn off the video if I was having an awful hair day (that happened a lot). I didn’t know how the “raise hand” function worked. I got frustrated and confused when everyone talked at once. I didn’t know what “chat” was for, and when I did figure that out got very irritated with participants who kept chatting and distracting me from the presenter. I read disturbing stories about hackers, privacy concerns and unwanted guests interrupting meetings. But now that I’ve become more familiar with Zoom, I realize my worries were unfounded; Zoom is an effective way to stay personally and professionally connected.
During these challenging times, Osteoporosis Canada has increasingly turned to virtual tools like teleconferencing, videoconferencing and other Internet-based applications. For instance, support groups, educational sessions and other events are now being offered virtually, often via Zoom. Are you interested in participating but nervous about how to get started? Read on for some helpful hints, based on my experience, that may help you feel less anxious about accepting the next invitation to an Osteoporosis Canada Zoom event.
There are many reasons to learn to feel comfortable with Zoom: connection with family and friends, education, entertainment. One of the most important is to take care of your health. There is no need to wait until the pandemic is over; exercise programs, private physiotherapy sessions, counselling sessions for mental health and appointments with your healthcare provider(s) can all be offered through such platforms as Zoom.
For tips on how to have a successful virtual healthcare appointment, click here.
This is a very basic introduction to using Zoom. The Internet has many well-illustrated websites to help you. Google Zoom for Seniors, Help with Zoom, or just Zoom as their website has tutorials. Good luck and have fun. You know the saying – it’s never too late to teach an old dog (like me) new tricks.
Senior Manager, National Education
During this challenging time, more of us are home and are cooking more meals than ever. But not everyone has the time – or likes spending their time in the kitchen which can be a barrier to individuals getting the nutrients they need for good health, including bone health.
Whether you are cooking for just one or two or a few more – cooking once so you can eat twice is a great strategy to simplify meal prep and save time in the kitchen. Recipes like Dairy Farmers of Manitoba’s Taco Rice Skillet make enough for two or even three meals. Made with Canadian dairy, each serving contains 28 g protein and 368 mg calcium which you need to keep bones strong and healthy.
In this Cooking Demo with Registered Dietitian Nita Sharda you will learn:
– To prepare a recipe that can be made once and used for two or more meals
– Strategies on saving time in the kitchen
– Tips on switching ingredients to suit your taste and budget
– Information on calcium and protein
You will also hear as Nita answers many of your cooking and nutrition questions.
As we work to adjust to our new normal during COVID-19, now more than ever, staying fracture-free is critical for anyone with osteoporosis.