Bone scans aren’t just for 55 and older


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – 70-year-old Mary Chaney keeps up with her exercise.

“We’re regular mall walkers. We walk about a mile and a half to two miles a day,” said Mary.

That doesn’t keep her from concerns about her bone health.

It’s a common problem as everyone grows older.

“The physiology of your body, the bone marrow density starts to decline at a more rapid rate…
As bone density declines, the risk for osteoporosis increases,” said Jenna Hannan, PAS.

Mary wants to be up and running for the rest of her life.

That’s the reason she stopped this weekend for a bone scan.

“At my age, it’s very important that i not break a hip because that would probably incapacitate me for the rest of my life,” said Mary.

But these free scans aren’t just for people Mary’s age.

It’s an effort to show that bone strength needs checked at all ages.

“Peak bone denisty age is between 25 and 30 years old. Once you’re at the peak mineral bone density age, your bones start to decline, slowly, but progressively,” said Hannan. “Once they get the screening they can take it to their physician and talk to them about that.”

Mary’s not too worried just yet.

She came out just fine from her screening.

“For a woman my age, I’m on the good sign of the research, so that’s good,” said Mary.

The students are offering free bone scans next weekend as well.

That’s at the Honey Creek Mall in Terre Haute, just inside the main entrance.

It only takes about 15 minutes.

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