This month is National Care About Your Indoor Air month, a month to focus on making the air quality inside the home better. One of the things that can pollute indoor air is cigarette smoke. If your senior family member is a smoker, you might think it’s too late for them to quit now and that it won’t do much good, but that’s not true. There are many reasons for older adults to quit smoking, and some of them may surprise you. Here are just 5 reasons to convince the senior in your life to quit.
1. The Rewards Stack Up Fast—And Keep Coming.
According to the U.S. government’s smoking cessation website, smokefree.gov, people who quit smoking begin to see health benefits almost immediately. Here’s what seniors can expect when they quit:
- Heart rate and blood pressure get lower within only 20 minutes of quitting.
- In 12 hours, the carbon monoxide levels in their blood will return to normal.
- Between 2 weeks and 3 months they’ll have improved circulation and their lungs will function better. Also, risk of heart attack starts to go down.
- In just one year, the risk of heart disease is cut in half.
- Between 2 and 5 years after quitting, risks for several cancers are cut in half and their risk of stroke is the same as a non-smoker.
2. Reduce the Risks of Vision Loss.
Seniors who smoke are four times more likely to lose vision to macular degeneration. Age related macular degeneration is a serious condition that causes a loss of central vision. Once vision has been lost, it cannot be regained. However, quitting smoking can reduce the risk.
3. Smoking is Incredibly Inconvenient.
Laws have been passed that prohibit smoking in public places. And, nonsmokers usually don’t want others to smoke in their homes. That means that if you’re out shopping, going to a restaurant, or visiting the home of a nonsmoker, your aging relative has to step outside to have a cigarette. That’s not very convenient in good weather, but if it’s raining or cold outside, having to go outside frequently is much worse.
4. Smoking is Expensive.
Of course, the cost of cigarettes varies by region, and the amount the senior spends also depends on how much they smoke. But, consider this, if the cost of cigarettes is $5 per pack (and it’s often more than that), and the person smokes a pack per day, they could save $1,825 per year by quitting. Imagine what they could do with that extra money!
5. Quitting Keeps Family Members Safer.
For older adults who live with family members, quitting smoking can help reduce the risk of some health conditions for their relatives. This can be an excellent selling point for quitting if there are grandchildren in the home as many grandparents wouldn’t dream of putting them at risk.
If your aging relative wants to quit smoking, senior care can help them stay on track. Having a senior care provider present may make it less likely that the older adult will light up. A senior care provider can also distract the older adult when they have the urge to smoke by inviting them to play a hand of cards, do a craft, or go for a walk.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional senior care in Birmingham, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
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