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Upcoming Women’s Health talk to focus on Osteoporosis

March 19, 2019

Broken bones from osteoporosis are a serious health issue and leading cause of disability for older Americans, particularly women. Yet, according to a local orthopedic specialist, many people live with the progressive condition for many years without symptoms.

“Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become porous,” explained Melissa Tworkowsky, RPA-C of UHS Orthopedics Norwich. “This happens silently in the body over time and, because there are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss, people are often unaware they have osteoporosis until they suffer a fracture.”

Tworkowsky will speak on the topic Tuesday, March 26 at Bohemian Moon, 103 W. Main Street in Norwich. The program is part of UHS Chenango Memorial’s 2019 Women’s Health Series, held monthly at the Norwich restaurant.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with an optional $15 buffet and cash bar. The presentation and discussion will follow at 7 p.m.

“I’ll be explaining what osteoporosis is, how it’s diagnosed, risk factors, treatment options and outcomes,” Tworkowsky said. “I’ll also share tips on avoiding the disease and preventing factures.”

Lisa Greene of UHS Diagnostic Imaging Norwich will also be on hand for the event, performing free bone density screenings from 6 to 7 p.m.

“The bone density screenings are a great adjunct to our conversation on osteoporosis, and I hope many of our participants will come early to take advantage of the opportunity to have the screening at no charge,” Tworkowsky said.

According Melissa Stagnaro, who coordinates the series, the program will have a relaxed atmosphere, with an open dialogue between the audience and presenters.

“This series is about connecting women, bringing forward topics that are relevant to them, and giving them the opportunity to learn from both medical providers and from each other,” Stagnaro explained. “Our goal is to share information on how we can all live healthier lives as we age.”

Events in the series are free and open to the public and, while the focus is Women’s Health, both women and men are welcome to attend.

Reservations are not required, but are accepted. For more information on the series or to reserve a seat, contact Melissa Stagnaro at (607) 337-4183 or via email at melissa.stagnaro@nyuhs.org.

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is a member of UHS. UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services throughout New York’s Southern Tier.

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