There is no doubt about it: obesity is on the rise and has been for decades, and it can affect anyone. While obesity is not considered a chronic condition, it is a risk factor for other severe chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and several forms of cancer. Obesity in older people is a serious condition. It leads to a less active lifestyle, feelings of low self-worth, and a quality of life that is lower than those who are not obese. Help is available for those who seek it out. Through lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise under the supervision of a physician, it is possible to make a change in a positive direction.

Obesity also affects cognition, which includes the way we process information, memory, comprehension, problem solving, and decisions. Because proper cognition helps seniors to live fuller and more independent lives, the effect of obesity is more relevant than ever as we age. 

McHARRIE LIFE SENIOR COMMUNITY offers independent retirement care, assisted living, memory care, respite care, skilled nursing care, and short-term rehabilitation. We welcome you to arrange a tour of our senior community at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville, by calling (315) 638-2521.  

P.S. Many seniors have access to free or low-cost nutritional and exercise programs at senior centers nationwide.