CARP Halton Chapter Virtual Meeting with Osteoporosis Canada ” Speaking of Bones”

COVID-19 restrictions continue to prevent us from holding in person community meetings. Despite this at CARP Halton Chapter we believe there is a need to continue to inform and educate our demographic on the many issues that continue to affect our daily lives.

As many of you will know, as an alternative to in person meetings, we have therefore successfully explored the ZOOM virtual platform as a means of holding our Chapter meetings. We will therefore continue to use ZOOM for the foreseeable future and will continue to present topics that we feel are important to seniors. As these meeting are arranged we will be announcing details on an ongoing basis in this newsletter.  

To that end at CARP Halton Chapter we are very pleased to announce our next virtual meeting using the ZOOM platform. This will be held in the afternoon on Thursday August 6th from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. You will find details on how to join the meeting below.

For this meeting we will have guest speakers from the national speakers’ program of Osteoporosis Canada who will be:   

 “Speaking of Bones”. 

The presentation will be interactive and will allow for both a visual presentation as well as audience participation.   

The following is quoted from the Osteoporosis Canada website

“Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which can lead to increased risk of fracture. Known as the “silent thief”, bone deterioration can occur over a number of years without presenting any symptoms. Unfortunately, if detected at the time of a break, the disease is already fairly advanced. The most common fractures associated with osteoporosis are in the hip, spine, wrist, and shoulder. Today, no single cause for osteoporosis has been identified.

Osteoporosis is a disease that slowly, quietly weakens bones, often going undiagnosed – even when it breaks them. Osteoporosis is caused by low bone mass and the weakening of bone, which can lead to increased risk of fracture. At Osteoporosis Canada, we’re on a mission to defeat it. We educate, advocate, and strategically invest in research.

 While Osteoporosis can affect people at almost any age, it is most common among Canadians 50 years of age or older.

  • 2 million Canadians are affected by osteoporosis
  • At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime
  • Fragility fractures represent 80% of all fractures in menopausal women over the age of 50
  • Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined

Given the prevalence of this disease we feel that this is a very timely presentation which will cover 

  • What osteoporosis is,
  • Risk factors.
  • How osteoporosis is diagnosed.
  • What you can do to maintain healthy bones.
  • How osteoporosis is treated.
  • How to live well with osteoporosis.

Our virtual meeting will take place on Thursday August 6th from 2.00pm to 3.00pm

To join our Zoom meeting please click on this Registration link and fill in the requested information. If you register in advance you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the meeting. You can also register just prior to the start of the meeting and simply follow the prompts on your screen.

Notes about ZOOM

As described above we will be using the Zoom online platform. It is FREE to all participants and is safe and easy to install.  For this meeting you will be able to see our speaker and presentation.

If you have not already done so you will need to download either the Zoom software to your computer or the Zoom app to your tablet or smart phone. Then simply click on the link above and follow the prompts on your screen. This meeting will not be accessible via normal land line phone in.

You may also find it useful to make a note of the meeting ID for ease of reference once you have downloaded the software or app and begin to click on the link. 

Please join us for this virtual meeting as we look forward to continuing our use of this new technology to communicate with our members and friends.