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Event: Making enquiries on providing great personal home care for the seniors in the community by Senior Homecare by Angels

Event: Making enquiries on providing great personal home care for the seniors in the community by Senior Homecare by Angels


Senior Homecare by Angels is Canada’s choice in home care. With Senior Homecare by Angels you will find peace of mind knowing you or your loved one is cared for with the right care and the right caregiver. We provide affordable and professional care, servicing seniors and adults.

The following services can be provided for a few hours a day up to 24/7 care.
Bathing & Dressing Assistance, Assistance with walking, Medication reminder, Errands & shopping, Light housekeeping, Meal preparation, Friendly companionship, Flexible hourly care, Respite care for families and 24-Hour care is also available.

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Senior calendar of activities and events

Senior calendar of activities and events

Vitality publishes the second Thursday of each month. To have an event published, it must be sent at least three weeks prior to the monthly publication date. To submit information for the calendar, email jgray@medianewsgroup.com.

June

June 14: Computer Class: Class 1 – Bring Your Own Device sponsored by the Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14. (Rescheduled from April.) Bring your phone, tablet, laptop, or e-reader you need help with and we will guide you through your tech issues. You will need to tell us which device (including model name (such as iPhone 11) and a summary of what you need help with before the program so we can best help everyone. Registration required. For more information, call 586-445-5407 or visit rsvlibraryservice@roseville-mi.gov.

June 17: Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans Library & Museum Tour, sponsored by the Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 27. Calling all family history buffs. The Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans (GSFA) is partnering with the Roseville Public Library for a group tour of the Buyse Library Research Center and the Belgian American Museum. The GSFA Librarian will provide a fascinating look at the library & museum collections with information about how it all came together and the work that they do. Registration required. For more information, call 586-445-5407 or visit rsvlibraryservice@roseville-mi.gov.

June 18: Patriotic theme card party pinochle, euchre, dominoes or other games. Sponsored by: Daughters of Isabella, Queen of the Skies, Circle 683, from 1-3-30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at St. Thecla Catholic Church Activity Center, 20762 So. Nunneley Road, Clinton Township. Lunch, dessert, raffles, door, & table prizes. Tickets available at the door. Donation $9. Collecting donations of white socks, deodorant, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, laundry soap, regular coffee and gift cards for veterans returning home. For more information, call 586-791-6177 or 586-791-9012.

June 28: Our Island Jewel: Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, Presented by the Detroit Historical Society at the Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28. Registration is not required. Often called the crowning jewel of Detroit’s riverfront, Belle Isle has a long and storied history. The park has hosted world class sporting events, musical performances and family parties. It has also witnessed massacre, riot and military incursion. But for a few twists of fate, this beloved island might have been a much different place. Registration is not required. For more information, call 586-445-5407 or visit rsvlibraryservice@roseville-mi.gov.

Monthly events

• Confident Communicators Club: Meets monthly for people who seek improving public speaking skills and leadership confidence. This supportive, Toastmasters group meets online the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8-9:30 a.m. Many of our members have gain skills needed to become better salesperson, grow their business, get promoted, and engage students. Register for any of our meetings to get the Zoom Link -https://confident-communicators-club-meeting.eventbrite.com. Contact our VP Membership to get more information vpm-1196053@toastmastersclubs.org

• Breakfast Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries: Breakfast (3rd Tuesday of each) at 10:30 a.m., Pancake Factory, 13693 23 Mile Rd, NE corner of 23 Mile & Schoenherr, Shelby Twp. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Contact Ellen 586-781-5781.

• Bowling held at Collier Bowl: 879 S Lapeer Rd. (M24), Oxford every Tuesday. Arrive at noon for lane assignments. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Cost is $7.50 for three games, (shoes extra at $2.50). Lunch afterwards optional. Call Joe at 248-693-2454 or Nadine at 248-475-9036.

• New Baltimore Civic Club: Euchre every Thursday at 36551 Main St. (corner of Blackwell) in New Baltimore. Sign in at 6:30 p.m., play at 7 p.m. $10 plus a quarter for each euchre.

• Octagon House Sit and Stitch is the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1-4 p.m., 57500 Van Dyke, Washington. For more information, call 586-781-0084.

• Breakfast every Wednesday: Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Join us at 10 a.m. at Cavis Pioneer Restaurant, 5606 Lapeer Rd., Kimball. Call Rita, 810-334-6287 for more information.

• Senior Card Playing: Come and join a fun group of card players who play a wide range of card games. Everyone brings a snack to share while playing. Free. Mondays from 1-4 p.m. at 35248 Cricklewood Blvd. (Cricklewood Recreation Building). Call 586-725-0291.

• Dancing every Tuesday: at Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music from 7-10:30 p.m. Cost is $8 per person with a cash bar. A table is reserved for Widowed Friends. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries Contact Kate at 586-344-3886.

• New Baltimore Senior Club: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This welcoming group of seniors has all sorts of fun. We play bingo, hold luncheons, go on trips, and play cards. Monthly dues, $2. Location 35248 Cricklewood Blvd. (Cricklewood Recreation Building). Call 586-725-0291.

• Zumba Gold: from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Washington Center, 57880 Van Dyke, Washington Twp. Cost depends on how many punches are purchased. 4 punches $23 resident, $29 NR; 11 punches $60 resident, $66 NR. For more information, call 586-752-6543.

• Fish Fry Every Friday: Join us for dinner/music at the American Legion Hall, 1026 6th St., Port Huron.  Food served from 4:30-7 p.m. Music goes from 5-8 p.m. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Contact Rita, 810-334-6287.

• Cards/Games/Friendship: Ss. John and Paul, (1st Thursday or every month), 1:30-4 p.m. at, 7777 28 Mile Rd. Bring a snack to share and your own beverage. Ss. John and Paul supports the Agape Center, a resource center for the most vulnerable members of society and would appreciate it if you could bring a canned good (vegetable, meat, fruit) when you come to play. (Dinner afterward at Romeo Family Restaurant, 66020 Van Dyke Rd., between 30 & 31 Mile is optional.) Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Call Ellen, 586-781-5781.

• Men Only Breakfast: Lukich Family Restaurant (1st  & 3rd Thursday), 3900 Rochester Rd., Troy, at 9.m. The Widowed Men’s Group invites you to meet with other widowed men for breakfast at either of the Men’s Fellowship locations whichever is more convenient for you. Many topics & ideas help you become involved in the activities of Widowed Friends. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries  Contact Ray at 248-585-5402.

• Eastside Movies: (1st Tuesday of each month) at Chesterfield Crossing Digital Cinema 16 (known for free soda & popcorn refills also offers discount matinee pricing) 50675 Gratiot Ave., Chesterfield Twp. Early dinner afterwards TBD. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. For more information, contact Marion at 586-703-1427

• Metamora – Dinner Club: (3rd Wednesday of the month) at 5 p.m. Join us at The White Horse Inn, 1 E High St., Metamora. Reserved seating. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Please RSVP to Sharry 248-840-0063. No walk- ins. Please call if you must cancel your reserved seating.

• Breakfast at Avenue Family Restaurant: 31253 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, at 9:30 a.m. (2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month). Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries.

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Airdrie seniors can look forward to a variety of activities to take part in around town during Seniors Week from June 5 to 12. 

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Departing from the traditional luncheon for the time being, a variety of activities are scheduled instead during every day of Seniors Week in different locations around town, offering Airdrie elders some entertainment and social opportunities. 

Rhonda Auclair, Airdrie 1st Club president, said the smaller, more focused Seniors Week events will offer plenty of opportunities for Airdrie seniors to get out and do the things they enjoy. 

“We’re going to be doing events every day of the week, and different kinds of events. There’s lots of different things for people to do,” said Auclair. 

“We thought of what we could do for seniors that is fun and engaging to them in many different ways,” she said.  

“Not everyone wants to sit down and have a luncheon, so this has really broadened the scope of what we can involve seniors in.” 

Events such as music bingo, local brewery tasting, paint night and a crib tournament are scheduled all throughout the week for prices varying from $0 to $20. 

Seniors fitness classes are also scheduled each day at Genesis Place, being offered free of charge. 

Friday, June 10 will feature a barbecue lunch and car show at The Hamlets at Cedarwood Station for $5. 

Seniors Week took on a different format to accommodate those still wary of large gatherings, but Auclair said it offers folks a lot more to do throughout the whole week. 

“Feeling that people are still a little sensitive about having too big of groups, this year we’re trying to do a more spread out and varied kind of event,” said Auclair. 

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“I see this really being a positive thing going forward, and maybe there will be even more next year,” she said. 

“It allows seniors to have those opportunities, and maybe there’s something new that they want to try.” 

She said the main goal is to show appreciation and give Seniors a chance to connect with one another through a variety of activities. 

“Seniors Week is a celebration of all the people in our communities who have provided so much to the community, and us trying to give back to them,” said Auclair. 

“It’s to socialize, especially after covid—to get back out into the community and to know it’s safe.”

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Events and concerts galore as Mississauga marks June as Seniors Month & Recreation and Parks month


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Events and concerts galore as Mississauga marks June as Seniors Month & Recreation and Parks month

There are numerous ways for Mississauga residents to get out and about when the city marks noth Seniors Month & Recreation and Parks Month this June

Numerous events are coming to Mississauga throughout the month of June in celebration of two simultaneous initiatives; Seniors Month and Recreation and Parks month.

Seniors Month

Seniors Month is a provincial celebration of the contributions older Ontarians make in their communities. The theme of the month for 2022 is to Stay Active, Stay Safe and Say Connected.

On the Provincial level, and resident can nominate someone for a Senior Achievement Award. The award recognizes 20 people across the province for “significant contributions to their communities.” The nomination deadline June 15.

The city itself has organized several events across the city in recognition of Seniors Month. First, they’ve launched a virtual conversational French course. For four weeks the course will run every Monday for one hour at 10 a.m.

Secondly, Mississauga is wrapping up it’s fiftieth anniversary concert season in bombastic style with with a fireworks show accompanied by the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra.

The Orchestra will play Ottorino Respighi’s tone poem Pines of Rome (1924), George Frideric Handel’s Music for the Fireworks (1749) and Joseph Haydn’s Fire Symphony (c. 1765). The show is set of June 4 at 8 p.m. at Hammerson Hall tickets are going for $45 to $75 with discounts for seniors.

Next, The Zombies are coming to Hammerson Hall as well on June 22 to celebrate their 2019 induction into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For the those unaware these British psychedelic rockers climbed the charts starting in 1964 with their single “She’s Not There.”

The Zombies followed up quickly with “Tell Her No” (1968), and the iconic “Time of the Season” (1968), which hit number three on the Billboard’s Hot 100 and number one on Cashbox a year after release. The latter song is frequently used in film to represent the swinging Sixties featuring in films such as The Conjuring (2013), All the Money in the World (2017), and Cruella (2021).

Their album Odessey and Oracle (1968), recorded at Abbey Road Studios, remains one of the era’s most acclaimed records ranking 100th on Rolling Stone’s 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and 243 on the 2020 updated list.

Tickets for the show run $60 to $90.

Mississauga is also hosting three free Music & Mingle events with performers Alison Melville and Colin Savage. They’ll first hit Woodlands Library on Saturday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. then Meadowvale Library on Saturday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. and finally the Port Credit Memorial Pop Up Library on Tuesday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m.

There are also virtual events scheduled for each day of the week.

This city has numerous brick and mortar fitness opportunities at  Erin Meadows Community CentreChurchill Meadows Library and Older Adult CentreFrank McKechnie Community CentreMississauga Seniors’ CentreMississauga Valley Community Centre.

All together they offer a variety of lessons including;

  • Low and Tone Cardio
  • Gentle Pilates
  • Drumming Fit
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Community Walks

Recreation and Parks Month

Throughout June Mississauga will also mark Recreation and Parks Month. They’ll host numerous events inculding; Outdoor Community Walk, Cycle and Tone, Bollywood Fitness and a TRX Circuit (cardio and strength training).

Every Tuesday until August 30 they’ll also host Fresh Air Fitness at Mississauga Celebration Square. There’s no fee or registration for these events just don’t forget to bring a towel and a yoga mat.

There are opportunities to get out and get fit all across the city. Residents can sign up for registered or drop-in programs like swimming, Pilates, total body workouts, cardio, yoga, spinning, Zumba®, kickboxing and more.

There is also outdoor amenities like  skateboard parksBMX parksbatting cages, basketballtennis, and cricket courts as well as  soccer, and softball fields.

Those looking for a nature walk can find a green space throughout the city to explore like; Riverwood Conservancy, Burnhamthorpe Trail, Lake Aquitaine Trail, Meadowvale Conservation Area and Sawmill Valley Trail.


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Senior calendar of events and activities

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Vitality publishes the second Thursday of each month. To have an event published, it must be sent at least three weeks prior to the monthly publication date. To submit information for the calendar, email jgray@medianewsgroup.com.

May

May 12: Blood Drive at the Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave., Roseville. The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in the library’s Erin Auditorium on Thursday, May 12, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you would like to donate some much-needed blood to the Red Cross, you can make an appointment in advance, click the link above. All blood types are needed. Enter the building through the entrance off of Kelly Rd. To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html. For more information, call 586-445-5407 or visit rsvlibraryservice@roseville-mi.gov

May 15: Octagon House Open House, 57500 Van Dyke, Washington Twp. OH Chat at 2 p.m. will feature Advanced Master Gardener, Dave Putt. He will have a presentation on beekeeping. The Friends of the Octagon House will also have a Book Sale in the Milkhouse.  Admission to the Octagon House and the OH Chat is $5. Join us 1-4 p.m. Additional information on our website octagonhouse.org in the calendar or call 586-781-0084.

May 17: Roseville Historical and Genealogical Society Program: History of Fairview at the Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave., Roseville at 6 p.m. Nick Sinacori is a local history buff and will discuss growing up in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood and its roots as the Village of Fairview. The Roseville Historical and Genealogical Society presents a program about a historical topic in Erin Auditorium each month. These programs are presented by RHGS and sponsored by the Library. They are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information, call 586-445-5407 or visit rsvlibraryservice@roseville-mi.gov

May 21: Free Community Plant Exchange, from 8-10 a.m., on May 21 at Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 Riverbends. For more information, contact Nadine Thacker at 586- 764.-3895.

June

June 5: Super Sunday – Octagon House, 57500 Van Dyke, Washington Twp. Join us for this special event in Washington.  The Friends of the Octagon House will have a Book Sale in the Milkhouse.  The Octagardener’s will have a large variety of plant in their Plant Sale and the Historic Octagon House will be open for self -guided tours.  Join us from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Admission to the house is $5. Additional information on our website octagonhouse.org on the calendar or call 586-781-0084.

Monthly events

• Confident Communicators Club: Meets monthly for people who seek improving public speaking skills and leadership confidence. This supportive, Toastmasters group meets online the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8-9:30 a.m. Many of our members have gain skills needed to become better salesperson, grow their business, get promoted, and engage students. Register for any of our meetings to get the Zoom Link -https://confident-communicators-club-meeting.eventbrite.com. Contact our VP Membership to get more information vpm-1196053@toastmastersclubs.org

• Breakfast Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries: Breakfast (3rd Tuesday of each) at 10:30 a.m., Pancake Factory, 13693 23 Mile Rd, NE corner of 23 Mile & Schoenherr, Shelby Twp. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Contact Ellen 586-781-5781.

• Bowling held at Collier Bowl: 879 S Lapeer Rd. (M24), Oxford every Tuesday. Arrive at noon for lane assignments. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Cost is $7.50 for three games, (shoes extra at $2.50). Lunch afterwards optional. Call Joe at 248-693-2454 or Nadine at 248-475-9036.

• New Baltimore Civic Club: Euchre every Thursday at 36551 Main St. (corner of Blackwell) in New Baltimore. Sign in at 6:30 p.m., play at 7 p.m. $10 plus a quarter for each euchre.

• Octagon House Sit and Stitch is the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1-4 p.m., 57500 Van Dyke, Washington. For more information, call 586-781-0084.

• Breakfast every Wednesday: Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Join us at 10 a.m. at Cavis Pioneer Restaurant, 5606 Lapeer Rd., Kimball. Call Rita, 810-334-6287 for more information.

• Senior Card Playing: Come and join a fun group of card players who play a wide range of card games. Everyone brings a snack to share while playing. Free. Mondays from 1-4 p.m. at 35248 Cricklewood Blvd. (Cricklewood Recreation Building). Call 586-725-0291.

• Dancing every Tuesday: at Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music from 7-10:30 p.m. Cost is $8 per person with a cash bar. A table is reserved for Widowed Friends. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries Contact Kate at 586-344-3886.

• New Baltimore Senior Club: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This welcoming group of seniors has all sorts of fun. We play bingo, hold luncheons, go on trips, and play cards. Monthly dues, $2. Location 35248 Cricklewood Blvd. (Cricklewood Recreation Building). Call 586-725-0291.

• Zumba Gold: from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Washington Center, 57880 Van Dyke, Washington Twp. Cost depends on how many punches are purchased. 4 punches $23 resident, $29 NR; 11 punches $60 resident, $66 NR. For more information, call 586-752-6543.

• Fish Fry Every Friday: Join us for dinner/music at the American Legion Hall, 1026 6th St., Port Huron.  Food served from 4:30-7 p.m. Music goes from 5-8 p.m. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Contact Rita, 810-334-6287.

• Cards/Games/Friendship: Ss. John and Paul, (1st Thursday or every month), 1:30-4 p.m. at, 7777 28 Mile Rd. Bring a snack to share and your own beverage. Ss. John and Paul supports the Agape Center, a resource center for the most vulnerable members of society and would appreciate it if you could bring a canned good (vegetable, meat, fruit) when you come to play. (Dinner afterward at Romeo Family Restaurant, 66020 Van Dyke Rd., between 30 & 31 Mile is optional.) Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Call Ellen, 586-781-5781.

• Men Only Breakfast: Lukich Family Restaurant (1st  & 3rd Thursday), 3900 Rochester Rd., Troy, at 9.m. The Widowed Men’s Group invites you to meet with other widowed men for breakfast at either of the Men’s Fellowship locations whichever is more convenient for you. Many topics & ideas help you become involved in the activities of Widowed Friends. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries  Contact Ray at 248-585-5402.

• Eastside Movies: (1st Tuesday of each month) at Chesterfield Crossing Digital Cinema 16 (known for free soda & popcorn refills also offers discount matinee pricing) 50675 Gratiot Ave., Chesterfield Twp. Early dinner afterwards TBD. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. For more information, contact Marion at 586-703-1427

• Metamora – Dinner Club: (3rd Wednesday of the month) at 5 p.m. Join us at The White Horse Inn, 1 E High St., Metamora. Reserved seating. Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries. Please RSVP to Sharry 248-840-0063. No walk- ins. Please call if you must cancel your reserved seating.

• Breakfast at Avenue Family Restaurant: 31253 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, at 9:30 a.m. (2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month). Sponsored by Widowed Friends Ministries.

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There are multiple special events scheduled for the Seniors on the Bow seniors centre this week, one social and another of a more serious nature.

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The monthly hot lunch is scheduled for April 22 beginning at 12:30. The centre’s talented volunteer chefs are preparing barbecued pork tenderloin, baked potato, salad and pineapple delight.

It’s a popular social occasion, complete with a cash bar. Members can enjoy the meal for $6, but non-members are welcome too for $8.

On April 29, there’s a full-day ‘emergency first aid’ course being held at the centre, funded through the FCSS/United Way grant program. Because this one has limited space it’s just for members, and Seniors on the Bow will need to confirm numbers by April 20.

There are recurring activities for each day of the week. Some of the more popular ones run twice weekly.

There are sessions for various table games including bridge, whist, crib, mah-jongg and euchre. There’s more active scheduled activities like carpet bowing, yoga, qigong, floor shuffleboard, pool, chair fitness, belly dancing and line dancing.

Other groups include the monthly book club (they’re reading The Personal Librarian in April) and the Needle Arts and Engaging Men groups.

The 2021 action-comedy Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds is set to be the next ‘Monday Movie’ on the centre’s projector setup on April 25. It’ll start at 1:15, and there’s popcorn too: it’s free for members, and $3 for non-members.

A January-December membership to the centre is $30, with a ‘drop-in’ fee of $2 for members or $3 for non-members (which includes coffee and volunteer-baked goodies, plus a comfortable place to relax). The centre is located on the second floor of the SLS Family Sports Centre, accessible by the COLT transit system or the Rocky View Regional Handibus Society.

The full monthly calendar is available on the ‘Seniors on the Bow’ section of Cochrane.ca. Alternatively, reception can offer more information on programming, volunteering and membership during regular hours at 403-932-6002.

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Bariatric Surgery Cuts Cardiovascular Events, Even in Seniors

Bariatric Surgery Cuts Cardiovascular Events, Even in Seniors

Bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of long-term cardiovascular outcomes in older Medicare beneficiaries with obesity, a large new observational study in which a third of the patients were over age 65 years, suggests.

Overall, patients who underwent bariatric surgery had 37% lower all-cause mortality and were significantly less likely to have admissions for new-onset heart failure (64% risk reduction), myocardial infarction (37% risk reduction), and ischemic stroke (29% risk reduction) as compared with similar patients who received more conservative treatment, after a median of 4 years of follow-up, report Amgad Mentias, MD, MS, a clinical cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, and colleagues.

The results were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Previous studies on bariatric surgery outcomes have primarily focused on individuals from select healthcare networks or medical facilities with restricted coverage in the United States or on patients with diabetes, noted Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH, of the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and colleagues in an accompanying editorial.

Moreover, other long-term and observational studies have shown that bariatric surgery can decrease the risk of myocardial infarction, death, and stroke in young and middle-aged patients with obesity, but the evidence is less clear for older patients and those without diabetes, noted Mentias in a phone interview.

“To date, this is one of the first studies to support bariatric surgery for CVD risk reduction in patients older than 65 years, a population at highest risk for developing heart failure,” the editorial points out.

“We should consider referring patients who qualify for bariatric surgery based on BMI; it really should be considered as a treatment option for patients with class 3 obesity, especially with a body mass index (BMI) over 40 kg/m2,” Powell-Wiley told Medscape.

“We know that patients are generally under referred for bariatric surgery, and this highlights the need to refer patients for bariatric surgery,” she added.

“There should be discussion about expanding insurance coverage to include bariatric surgery for eligible patients,” Mentias added.

Contemporary Cohort of Patients

“A lot of the studies showed long-term outcomes outside of the US, specifically in Europe,” Mentias added.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term association between bariatric surgery and risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes in a contemporary large cohort from the United States.

Older patients (> 65 years) and those without diabetes were looked at as specific subgroups.

The researchers assessed 189,770 patients. There were 94,885 matched patients in each cohort. Mean age was 62.33 years. Females comprised 70% of the cohort. The study group had an average BMI of 44.7 kg/m2.

The study cohort was matched 1:1. Participants were either part of a control group with obesity or a group of Medicare beneficiaries who had bariatric surgery between 2013 and 2019. Sex, propensity score matching on 87 clinical variables, age, and BMI were used to match patients.

Myocardial infarction, new-onset heart failure, ischemic stroke, and all-cause mortality were all study outcomes. As a sensitivity analysis, the study team conducted an instrumental variable assessment.

More specifically, the findings showed that bariatric surgery was linked with the following after a median follow-up of 4.0 years:

  • Myocardial infarction (hazard ratio [HR], 0.63; 95% CI, 0.59 – 0.68)

  • Stroke (HR, 0.71; 95% CI, 0.65 – 0.79)

  • New-onset heart failure (HR, 0.46; 95% CI, 0.44 – 0.49)

  • Reduced risk of death (9.2 vs 14.7 per 1000 person-years; HR, 0.63; 95% CI, 0.60 – 0.66)

Findings for those over the age of 65 were similar — lower risks of all-cause mortality (HR, 0.64), new-onset heart failure (HR, 0.52), myocardial infarction (HR, 0.70), and stroke (HR, 0.76; all P < .001). Similar findings were shown in subgroup analyses in men and women and in patients with and without diabetes.

The study cohort primarily consisted of Medicare patients, which limits the generalizability of the data. Lack of data on medications taken for cardiovascular and weight loss purposes and potential coding errors because the information was gathered from an administrative database were all limitations of the study, the researchers note.

An additional limitation was that residual unmeasured confounders, particularly patient-focused physical, social, and mental support factors, could play a role in whether a patient opted to have bariatric surgery, the study authors note.

“Additional studies are needed to compare cardiovascular outcomes after bariatric surgery with weight loss medications like glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogues,” the researchers add.

This study was partially funded by philanthropic contributions by the Khouri family, Bailey family, and Haslam family to the Cleveland Clinic for co-author Dr Milind Y. Desai’s research. Mentias has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Powell-Wiley disclosed relationships with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Division of Intramural Research of the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2022;79:1429-1437, 1438-1440. Abstract, Editorial

Ashley Lyles is an award-winning medical journalist. She is a graduate of New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. Previously, she studied professional writing at Michigan State University, where she also took premedical classes. Her work has taken her to Honduras, Cambodia, France, and Ghana and has appeared in outlets like The New York Times Daily 360, PBS NewsHour, The Huffington Post, Undark, The Root, Psychology Today, TCTMD, Insider, and Tonic (Health by Vice), among other publications.

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