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Published on May 05, 2014

Don’t let your age define you

It’s never too late to develop some healthy habits, thanks to Mercy LIFE.

joggingWhen we let age limit us, our health can be affected, says Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, a senior physician at Mercy LIFE. Dr. Stefanacci says he often sees older adults who have the mindset of, “I’m 80; I’m not going to walk as much, or control my diabetes.”

In turn, they restrict their activity levels. This outlook can put seniors at risk for a range of health issues such as diabetes, stroke, falls, and loss of cognition, as well as dementia and depression. “The underlying issue wasn’t that their heart health or blood sugar was uncontrollable; rather, they didn’t feel the need to control it — they felt they were just too old to make a difference,” he says.

That’s why Mercy LIFE staff is here to remind older adults that they’re never too old to be healthy. Recreational therapists keep LIFE participants engaged at the centers. A full care team addresses a wide range of medical issues, including preventive care, medication management, diabetes, heart care and pain management. No matter how old you are, you’re never too old to stay in good health.


LIVE HEALTHIER Mercy LIFE is a place where older adults can learn to live healthier. Visit mercylife.org or call 215.339.4747 for more information.

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