Riderwood's Bone Program to be Featured May 15 at National Osteoporosis Summit in Washington, D.C.

SILVER SPRING, MD (May 1, 2012) - Shirley Roberts, RT(R)(BD), CDT,  the Bone Health Coordinator for Riderwood retirement community's nationally-cited bone program, will present an overview of the program and bone density testing May 15 at the Osteoporosis Educational Summit in Washington, D.C. This summit is sponsored by the National Bone Health Alliance. The Riderwood bone program is designed to allow enough time for each participating resident in it to receive counseling on calcium and vitamin D supplements, exercise, nutrition and medication compliance.   The presentation by Roberts will include video testimonials by residents who have maximized their independence as a result of the program. Roberts will give an audience of more than 200 health care professionals and members of the United States Congress a glimpse into an effective Bone Health Program by explaining what the test is for (measuring bone mineral density), what the results look like and what the results mean (T-score; diagnosis of osteopenia/osteoporosis). She will also show how test results help a physician. The residents in the videos will speak about how important it is to receive the test and how test results have helped them adjust their lives by taking more supplements, eating the foods that give them calcium and structure exercises they need to keep their bones strong.