COPN, the Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network, is the patient arm of Osteoporosis Canada, a national network of people living with osteoporosis
Founded in 2004 by four friends who were determined to overcome the challenges of living with osteoporosis, this group felt living with osteoporosis need a strong voice to provide the patient’s perspective in all areas including medical matters, research initiatives, communication, public relations and education.
Sharing … supporting … informing: COPN connects people affected by osteoporosis coast-to-coast.
In support of Osteoporosis Canada’s vision of a Canada without osteoporotic fractures, COPN represents the interests of people living with osteoporosis within Osteoporosis Canada’s programs and activities. COPN connects individuals affected by osteoporosis, communicating information about how to live well with the disease and advocates for comprehensive access to diagnosis, treatment and care.
As a membership benefit, you will receive COPING, a free newsletter offered in an electronic format. COPING provides information you can trust and contains the latest medical information on osteoporosis and treatment options, reviewed by Osteoporosis Canada’s Scientific Advisory Council. Each issue features a main article, a recipe from our sponsor, and other information such as notices about upcoming virtual forum presentations.
- Too Fit to Fracture
“A new booklet, called Too Fit to Fracture: Managing Osteoporosis through Exercise, is now available from Osteoporosis Canada. The approach to exercise recommended in this booklet is based on new recommendations that Osteoporosis Canada released at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Congress, June 18-21. 2014. The recommendations focus on multicomponent exercise programs . . .”
Read about Too Fit to Fracture in this issue here (third page).
- “You CAN Prevent Falls and the Injuries they Cause” series
“You CAN Prevent Falls and the Injuries they Cause” is a four-part series.
“Falls and the injuries they cause are a major health concern for older Canadians. Because they have more fragile bones, individuals with osteoporosis have a higher risk of breaking a bone when they fall than those without osteoporosis. . . In this four-part series on preventing falls and fall-related injuries, we will discuss what causes falls, what you can do to reduce your risk of falling, and some simple home exercises that can help you improve your balance and reduce your risk of falls.”
Read the first part of the series here.
- Drug Holidays
“Should I go on a drug holiday? This is one of the questions we hear most often from individuals who are taking osteoporosis medications. Sometimes the question is prompted by a concern about potential side effects. Others wonder whether medication is still needed even when they have been fracture-free for many years. Of course the answers are complicated, but by explaining the potential benefits and risks of bisphosphonates . . .” This article is an adaptation of the article published in Canadian Family Physician vol.6, April 2014. Read this issue here.
Click Here to view past issues of COPING in the archives
These live, interactive, on-line education forums feature topics that interest you with experts you can trust. To learn more about upcoming presentations, click here.
Here are some positive feedback we’ve received from the last Bone Matters:
- “Loved all the information covered, especially the emphasis on food sources for calcium.”
- “Excellent presentation and level of detail.”
- “Very informative!”
With more than a year in the making and extensive consultation with members of the Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network (COPN), Osteoporosis Canada is proud to present the Osteoporosis Canada Patient Bill of Rights. The Patient Bill of Rights is an important advocacy tool for our organization, and reflects putting the vision and mission of Osteoporosis Canada into action.
Is your life in any way affected by osteoporosis? Are you interested in representing people with osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis Canada and its patient network have many opportunities for you to join us.