The Douglas County Senior Center is hosting Barton Health's, Dr. William Cottrell, who will be conducting a free, hour-long discussion on osteoporosis.
Cottrell is focusing on the make-up of healthy bones versus bones with osteoporosis, causes of and the diagnoses of osteoporosis 2:15-3:15 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Douglas County Senior Center, located at 2300 Meadow Lane in Gardnerville.
This event is free and open to the public.
As people age, their bones may thin and weaken to produce a medical condition called osteoporosis. When this occurs, the skeleton is prone to break from minor trauma.
"Fractures after 50 years of age are a warning that your skeleton may be weak," Cottrell said. "Osteoporosis is a silent medical condition, meaning that you have no warning until a bone breaks."
Medical organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons say that 50 percent of second fractures can be prevented with appropriate evaluation and treatment.
During his presentation, Cottrell also will address the nutritional requirements and treatment options for fracture prevention.
For directions or more information, contact the Douglas County Senior Center at 783-6455.