Seniors: The Importance of Eliminating or Preventing Obesity

Obesity is a challenge for any segment of the population, but it is of special concern to seniors. Coupled with the possible existence of other issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., obesity works against the senior in limiting their range of motion and their ability to be active. Physical activity helps lessen the affects of many chronic conditions, and of course, helps to ease obesity, but with the loss of muscle mass as people age, this becomes more and more difficult.

It’s been estimated that 3 out of 4 men over the age of 64 is obese, and over 6 out of 10 women are either overweight or obese in the same age category. Being overweight or obese increases the odds of developing chronic issues so it’s important that people start as early as possible (and it’s never too late to start!) to maintain a healthy body weight. In addition to this, the families of obese seniors often have a difficult time caring for them, or moving them around, which may make assisted living a necessity before the senior is ready for it.

Issues that Obesity Can Create-

Obesity is a problem all its own, with causing the individual to be sedentary because it’s more difficult for them to move, but it also has a hand in creating these issues:

  • Certain cancers
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Gallstones and Gallbladder disease
  • Gout
  • Breathing problems: asthma, sleep apnea, etc.


Physical Activities Often Available to Seniors-

  • Swimming
  • Bike riding
  • Walking/non-vigorous jogging
  • Aerobics
  • Water aerobics
  • Yoga
  • Gardening

In addition to physical activity, it’s also important for seniors to practice nutritious eating habits. As people age, their nutritional needs change, and depending on the existence of certain issues, your doctor may have a specific diet plan in mind, so discuss this with your doctor, first.

Always Best Care has been providing exceptional and compassionate in-home care to seniors in the United States and Canada for the past 20 years. If you live in the Greater Cleveland area, and are interested in finding out more about in-home care in Lorain, or in-home care in Grafton, you can contact the Always Best Care Grafton location at 440-791-7177 or email them at jbechtold@abc-seniors.com and schedule a free consultation.

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