Osteoporosis Patient Society of Turkey
Last updated on 12/01/2003
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World Osteoporosis Day 2004 Activities
World Osteoporosis Day activities were organized by the Osteoporosis Patient Society of Turkey and the Turkish Osteoporosis Society in Silivri, a small town of 30,000 people about 70 km outside of Ýstanbul. The mayor of Silivri welcomed participants to the dayís activities, which included:
1- Osteodensitometric Evaluation
2- Concert by a popular group 1.5 hours
3- Conference 1.5 hours
4- Interactive session 2.5 hours
5- Short Play by an Actress Dilek Türker
6- Ceramic Exhibition by Lerzan Öke
7- Media Session
The one-minute risk test was distributed and osteodensitometric evaluations were carried out in those at risk and women over 65 years of age. About 150 people were tested.
Persons found to have osteopenia or osteoporosis received expert advice.
The conference, which drew 750 people, was open to the public. Four Executive Committee Members of the two societies, also working at the Osteoporosis Centers of three Universities in Ýstanbul, were the speakers. There was an interactive discussion.
in which participants were invited to ask questions. Advice was given, especially how to prevent the disease, and stressing the importance of sunshine and dairy products.
Participants were treated to a short play performed by famous Turkish actress Dilek Türker and a ceramic exhibition by well-known ceramic artist Lerzan Öke (who is also member of the Osteoporosis Patientís Society).
Osteoporosis Patient Society of Turkey's grand events for World Osteoporosis Day
Filiz Akin, a famous Turkish actress,is the new Honorary President of the society. Her participation and those of other high profile celebrities and leading business people helped to draw attention to World Osteoporosis Day events.
From left: the Osteoporosis Patient Society's Honorary President Filiz Akin; President of the Society, Gulseren Akyuz; Social Committee Chairwoman, Fidan Cetin.
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Rotary club award for founder of new patient society
Dr. Gulseren Akyuz, President of the Osteoporosis Patient Society of Turkey was given an award by the 2420. District Rotary Clubs, for her work on behalf of osteoporosis and the establishment of the new patient society
Dr. Akyuz was also elected as one of the only 38 board members worldwide of the International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ISPRM).