GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) “It’s never too late to be who you might have been,” is a quote that perfectly describes Karen, a patient of Dr. Paul Kemmeter, Director of Bariatric Surgery at Mercy Health St. Mary’s.
Karen underwent a gastric sleeve surgery in her 1970s, joining the ever-increasing number of older adults who decide to have weight loss surgery.
Weight loss is recommended for older adults with a BMI that exceeds 30, because a BMI in this range is associated with health risks, especially in this advanced age group. Weight loss surgery in older patients, much like in younger patients, can lead to improvements in obesity-related conditions as well as an overall improved quality of life.
The promise of an improved lifestyle appeals more and more to older adults. The percent of adults over 65 who have had weight loss surgery has more than doubled since 2005.
Dr. Kemmeter is hosting three free weight loss seminars for anyone interested in improving their quality of life through weight loss surgery.
Tuesday, September 23 – 6:30 p.m.
Grand Health Partners
Thursday, September 25 – 6:30 p.m.
Okemos Conference Center
Wednesday, October 8 – 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express