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How to Help Older Adults Give Up Smoking

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Smoking is an incredibly unhealthy habit that increases the risk of many illnesses and diseases. Hundreds of studies have linked cigarettes to heart disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, throat cancer, COPD, osteoporosis, and many other serious health conditions. Here are few steps family caregivers can take to encourage their aging loved ones to stop smoking. 

Be Honest About How You Feel

Your loved one might not know how you really feel about smoking if you have never directly told him or her. In a calm and quiet environment, sit down with your loved one and explain how his or her smoking habit is affecting you. You can end the conversation by telling your loved one that you want to help him or her quit smoking.

Quitting smoking is just one of the many ways older adults can boost their health. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional home care. Henderson, NV, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.  

Educate Them

Some seniors don’t realize the dangers of smoking. Older adults who have smoked for years most likely assume the risks are blown out of proportion. Instead of citing all of the drawbacks of smoking, focus on the many benefits of quitting. You might want to tell your loved one that he or she will have more energy after giving up smoking. 

Identify Triggers

A trigger is anything that makes your loved one want to smoke. Some of the most common triggers include a cup of coffee in the morning, the smell of smoke, a cold alcoholic drink at night, and stress. Keeping a small journal of those triggers can help your loved one avoid them. You can also come up with healthy and positive distractions to take your loved one’s mind off those triggers. 

Provide Distractions

Older smokers who don’t have too many responsibilities may find themselves relapsing out of boredom. Sitting around the house all day could amplify their cravings and make it difficult to avoid temptations. For the first few days, plan as many distractions as possible. Heading to the movies, going for walks, and sitting down to family meals minimizes the amount of time your loved one spends thinking about cigarettes.

Excessive smoking can reduce a senior’s overall energy levels and make it difficult to perform daily tasks. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Henderson seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.

Celebrate the Little Victories

Quitting tobacco products can take some time, which is why you need to celebrate the little victories. Constantly remind your loved one of the money being saved and how much better he or she feels. Every time your loved one doesn’t smoke should be celebrated as a victory. 

Speak with a Doctor About Nicotine Replacement Therapy

There are a wide variety of products to help individuals quit smoking, including patches, nasal sprays, lozenges, and inhalers. These products can deliver a small amount of nicotine to your loved one’s system to reduce the cravings. Before starting nicotine replacement therapy, you must first speak with your loved one’s doctor. Some of these products can lead to side effects when taken alongside other medications.

Many senior citizens need help quitting smoking and making other healthy lifestyle choices. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care. Henderson Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives. To learn about our high-quality in-home care plans, give us a call at (702) 527-7723 today.