Optimizing Smoking Cessation Strategies With Senior Care


Optimizing Smoking Cessation Strategies With Senior Care

Today’s post reviews some of the geriatric literature on the benefits of quitting smoking, then explains how our senior care team can optimize any cessation plans in Denton, Southlake, and the surrounding areas.

What Are The Benefits Of Smoking Cessation For North Texas Seniors

Smoking cessation benefits people of all ages. Seniors who successfully quit smoking can expect the following benefits, as described in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General:

 

  • Improved well-being, including higher quality of life and improved health status (p. 649)
  • Reduced risk of the following cancers: lung, larynx, oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, bladder, stomach, liver, cervix, kidney, colorectal, and acute myeloid leukemia (p. 650)
  • Substantial reductions in risk of coronary heart disease among men and women of all ages, as well as reductions in risk of morbidity and mortality from stroke (p. 650)

Additionally, you’ll save money, both in terms of the cost of cigarettes in the short-term and that of smoking-related health care in the long term. Plus quitting does wonders for your skin, teeth, and hair.

Smoking Remains A Preventable Health Risk For Texas Seniors

Despite these benefits, the CDC’s 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System indicated that 15.7% of adults smoked. Though slightly below the national average of 17.1%, that’s still a lot of seniors putting themselves at risk.

But there’s good news: smoking rates are dropping every day. A 2020 report from Wichita Falls Times Record News found that smoking rates had dropped nearly 20% in Texas over the past 10 years.

If your loved one needs help quitting, Always Best Care is standing by. We can implement any cessation strategies into your current care plan and support your loved one’s positive lifestyle changes in a number of ways.

Optimizing Smoking Cessation For North Texas Seniors

When your loved one is ready to quit, we can help. Here’s a few ways that we optimize any smoking cessation plan for Denton/Southlake seniors:

  • Help your loved one safely use pharmacological interventions and over-the-counter products (e.g. nicotine patches, gum, inhalers, sprays, or lozenges)
  • Implement behavioral interventions
  • Provide motivation and encouragement for all their hard work
  • Strengthen the patient-practitioner relationship by facilitating regular visits to doctors and specialists that support cessation goals
  • Restrict the purchase of cigarettes, vaporizers, or e-cigarettes
  • Monitor daily smoking habits to promote compliance with cessation goals
  • Provide transportation to alternative treatments of your choosing (e.g. laser therapy, acupressure, hypnotherapy)

Learn More About Senior Care Services In North, Texas

Always Best Care proudly serves families throughout Southlake, Denton, Flower Mound, Grapevine, and the surrounding areas. Call 940-241-2273 or visit the Always Best Care of Southlake/Denton website to book a free consultation with our team.

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