Op. ed.–Healthy eating and physical activity are important – especially for older adults
In a recent op ed. featured in the Globe and Mail, authors Dr. John Muscedere, Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod voice their concern about reduced activity levels, especially in older adults, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A sharp decline in physical activity can set a number of interlocking health issues in motion, including loss of energy, muscle strength, and balance, especially among older adults. The result is increased frailty, which undermines the body’s ability to cope with minor illness and can lead to more serious health deterioration that requires acute care.