Osteoporosis is condition where bones lose strength, making you more likely to break or fracture a bone than the average person. This break can be after a minor bump or fall. The disease effects people of all ages including children and is not just a disease of the elderly. It is known that 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will suffer an osteoporotic fracture.

The most common osteoporotic fractures are of the wrist, spine and hip. It is known as the ‘Silent Disease’ as it does not cause any pain until the person fractures their wrist or hip. Spinal fractures are often painless and usually present as the person having a loss of height or marked curvature of the spine.

Living with osteoporosis means you are at higher risk of breaking a bone. But not everyone with osteoporosis goes on to break a bone. It’s not inevitable and it is treatable with changes in lifestyle and/or medication.

Please see below the Royal Osteoporosis Society’s web page for further information about the disease, risk factors, tests and treatments and the Guernsey Osteoporosis Support for local support and meetings.

The Royal Osteoporosis Society https://theros.org.uk has a FREE telephone helpline run by their specialist Helpline nurses 0808 800 0035 (NB. This is free only if you use a Guernsey landline phone). Their email is nurses@theros.org.uk

Guernsey Support Group

The Guernsey Group https://theros.org.uk/information-and-support/support-in-your-area/find-your-local-support-group/guernsey/ was founded in 1996. We offer support and information to those Islanders affected by osteoporosis and to anyone else who is interested in the subject.

Informal meetings are held throughout the year with talks on a variety of subjects concerning health or of general interest; an annual walk or special event; and fund raising activities. Two lunches are held each year that provides an additional informal opportunity to meet other people affected by the disease.

The Guernsey Osteoporosis Specialist Nurse, Jayne Welbourne, is usually available at each meeting to discuss any concerns that attendees may have.

Meetings, unless otherwise stated, are held monthly and start at 10:30. They are advertised in the Guernsey Press in the ‘What’s On’ page and broadcast on local radio.

Admission £1 – this includes coffee, tea and biscuits.

The Harold Collas room is at the rear of the building. There is plenty of parking on site and Route P2 bus passes the door. There is disabled access.

Very important: The Douzaine’s address is incorrectly identified on the Google map for the Support Group. Please see Perry’s P10 D1 for the correct location.

If you’re interested in coming to our meetings or have any other queries, please contact:

Linda Toulson, Development Manager, Royal Osteoporosis Society

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Address: Harold Collas Room at Vale Douzaine, Maraitaine Road, Vale

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