Picture Caption: At the All-Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group event, attendees were invited to try on an ‘osteoporosis suit’ that uses a system of harnesses, braces and bands to allow the wearer to experience the physical impact of the condition. It imitates a spinal stoop caused by compression fractures, along with other restrictions in movement and instability commonly experienced by people with severe osteoporosis who can suffer multiple fragility fractures. Mike is pictured with James Cooper, Political Relations Manager of the National Osteoporosis Society.
Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has witnessed the impact of severe osteoporosis at a drop-in session in Parliament for the launch of the new Falls & Fractures Alliance.
Age UK and the National Osteoporosis Society are establishing the new Falls & Fractures Alliance in England. By working together, members of the Alliance will be better placed to achieve the common goals of reducing the rate of hospital admissions for hip fractures and falls-related injuries among older people. These aims are now Government policy and are set out in the Department of Health’s Public Health Outcomes Framework for 2013-16.
Commenting, Mike said: “Osteoporosis is an incredibly debilitating disease and it was really enlightening to see how it affects someone’s life, making everyday tasks extremely difficult to carry out. I want to praise the work of Age UK and the National Osteoporosis Society, who both do a tremendous job in helping people with osteoporosis and highlighting the effects with the general public.”