When Elderly Relatives Desire to Quit Smoking

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When Shawn’s 78-year-old father expressed a desire to quit smoking, Shawn didn’t think it was going to be possible. After all, his father had smoked almost his whole adult life. However, recent health scares and advice from the doctor finally convinced Shawn’s father that he needed to quit. Even though the family members all expressed an interest in helping their elderly relative reach his goal, Shawn knew they would need a lot of help from many different places to help his dad finally kick the habit.

Home Care Emmaus PA - When Elderly Relatives Desire to Quit Smoking

Home Care Emmaus PA – When Elderly Relatives Desire to Quit Smoking

It’s never too late for someone to gain numerous health benefits once they quit smoking. In fact, quitting this bad habit can help aging adults feel and look better, and there are many short-term and long-term benefits for doing so. In addition, seniors will lower their risk of developing certain smoking-related illnesses and avoid further complications with their existing health issues. However, seniors will need a lot of support from family caregivers and home care providers to be successful.

Seniors Need the Right Incentive to Quit

When someone has been smoking or decades, it’s a very difficult habit to break. However, if the aging adult is really dedicated, smoking is something that they can leave behind forever. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 aging Americans are regular smokers. Many of them picked up the habit long before medical studies showed that smoking was quite harmful to their health. Family caregivers and home care providers can help aging adults with setting goals, making realistic plans and making it to the finish line.

Health Benefits for Seniors Who Quit

It’s easy to find information on how harmful smoking is to a person’s health and wellness. Medical studies link numerous diseases like lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes and eye disease to smoking. Other health issues associated with smoking include high blood pressure, respiratory issues, poor circulation and a weakened immune system. In addition, a smoker’s hair, skin and teeth suffer from the effects of smoking.

In the short time after quitting smoking, the body already starts to heal itself and expel toxins. There are improvements to blood pressure, oxygen saturation in the blood and in the senses of smell and taste. The risks of serious health issues like strokes and heart attacks are cut in half and they are much less likely to develop cancer. With help from family caregivers and home care providers, aging adults have a much better chance of success.

Because most people are not successful the first few times they try to quit smoking, it means that seniors with the desire to leave smoking behind need their support people more than ever-family caregivers, friends, and home care providers. Millions of people quit each year, so the desire for better health plus the encouragement of loved ones many finally propel elderly adults to success.

If you or a loved one are in need of Home Care Services in Emmaus PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097. 
About the author: Carole Chiego
Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author