Focus at Four: How to help your elderly loved one stay fit and happy

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The annual Senior Games are back in College Station, and while, yes, it's fun and games, senior fitness is a somewhat more serious issue.

That's what Dr. Nicolaas Deutz from the Texas A&M Center on Translational Research on Aging and Longevity (CTRAL). CTRAL is participating in senior games by offering wellness measurements.

Deutz says fitness in one's later years is just as important as in one's early years. Neglecting it can turn into a vicious cycle.

"If you don't get up and move, you lose muscle mass," said Deutz. "If you lose muscle mass, it gets more difficult to get up and move."

Deutz says, one easy way to keep seniors healthier is to make sure they're getting enough protein, particularly dairy protein.

"Greek yogurt is perfect," said Deutz.

For more from Deutz, see the video player above.