Wednesday 21 August 2019

Elderly at risk of poor health due to obesity and a lack of exercise

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Many older people in Ireland risk spending their later years in poor health because they are obese and inactive.

Nearly four in 10 are not taking exercise and one in three is obese, a new report on positive ageing reveals today.

The country's senior generation, from the mid-fifties onwards, presents a mixed picture. There is a big rise in voluntary work and an increase in people in paid jobs over the past two years, with 11pc of people in their early 70s in employment. This cohort rate their life satisfaction as high, with good neighbours.

But there are warning signals about lifestyle habits.

The report from the Department of Health found growing numbers are suffering ill-health. A woman who is 65 today can expect to live another 21.1 years and a man an extra 18.6 years.

For women, 13.2 of these years will be healthy, and for men it will be lower, at 12 years.

Irish Independent

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