AGS and NIA Bench-to Bedside Conference Summary: Osteoporosis and Soft Tissue (Muscle and Fat) Disorders.

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This report summarizes the presentations and recommendations of the eleventh annual American Geriatrics Society and National Institute on Aging research conference, "Osteoporosis and Soft Tissue (Muscle/Fat) Disorders," on March 11-12, 2019, in Bethesda, Maryland. Falls, fractures, and sarcopenia have a major impact on health in older adults, and they are interconnected by known risk factors. The link between osteoporosis, which is common in older adults, and the risk of falls is well known. Sarcopenia, the age-related decline in skeletal muscle mass and function, is also associated with an increased risk of falls and fractures because it reduces strength and leads to functional limitations. In addition to increasing the risk of falls, sarcopenia and osteoporosis can lead to frailty, reduced quality of life, morbidity, and mortality. The conference highlighted the impact of bone and soft tissue disorders on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality in older adults. Presenters described factors that contribute to these disorders; health disparities experienced by various subpopulations; and promising biological, pharmacologic, and behavioral interventions to prevent or treat these disorders. The workshop identified many research gaps and questions along with research recommendations that have the potential to enhance the prospect of healthy aging and improved quality of life for older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 68:31-38, 2019.

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Cited Authors

  • Colón-Emeric, C; Whitson, HE; Berry, SD; Fielding, RA; Houston, DK; Kiel, DP; Rosen, CJ; Seldeen, KL; Volpi, E; White, JP; Troen, BR

Published Date

  • January 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 68 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 31 - 38

PubMed ID

  • 31791114

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7316395

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-5415

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jgs.16248


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States