Obesity can increase significantly after the age of 65. Obesity puts seniors at risk, as it elevates their risk of heart disease, stroke, and other illnesses. Senior care providers can help mitigate the risk by encouraging healthier habits.
Obesity rates among all ages have climbed in recent years, and the elderly are no exception. According to the American Nurses Association, more than 15 percent of the older adult population is obese. Older Americans are already at greater risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and hypertension, because of their age. Adding obesity to the mix only increases their risk of illness and death.
Hormonal changes and decreased activity are key causes of obesity in older persons. While little can be done about age-related physiological changes, caregivers of older adults can influence their physical activity.
Elder care professionals can help ward off obesity and its related health problems by encouraging seniors to exercise and eat healthy. There are appropriate physical activities for seniors of just about every fitness level. Non-medical home care professionals can work with their seniors’ doctors to find exercises that will help them maintain a healthy weight. They can also work to encourage seniors to eat healthfully.
With a little understanding about the risks of obesity in seniors, and with practical, achievable exercise and dietary goals, seniors can avoid the obesity epidemic and related illnesses.
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