Our ability to care for ourselves relative to activities of daily living as we age is directly correlated to our body weight, body fat percentage and muscle strength. An article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (56:558-560, 2008) entitled Fat and Inflammaging: A Dual Path to Unfitness in Elderly People discusses the idea that obesity enhances the risk of functional decline, physical frailty and disability in older adults. This is really not new information, for years we’ve been told to maintain a good weight and to exercise to improve cardiovascular ability and muscle strength. It’s just interesting to see scientific research describing how we will all decline if we don’t heed this advice. After all, the state of our current health is the result of years of caring or not caring for ourselves. The future state of our health will be no different, however changes we make today can change our future.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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