Helping Aging Loved Ones in a Quest to Quit Smoking

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Has your aging loved one been smoking for most of their adult life? If they are battling a lifetime habit of smoking, they may have given up on ever quitting, thinking it is too late. While it’s true that quitting smoking is an extremely difficult challenge, millions of people do so successfully each year. As seniors and their family members grow increasingly concerned about their health, many try to quit smoking once and for all. Family caregivers can do a lot to help their aging loved ones on their quest to quit smoking.

Elder Care Mansfield OH - Helping Aging Loved Ones in a Quest to Quit Smoking

Elder Care Mansfield OH – Helping Aging Loved Ones in a Quest to Quit Smoking

Is It Too Late to Quit?

Health experts emphatically support the idea that it is never too late to quit smoking, no matter what age or health conditions affect the person. When adults stop smoking, the health benefits that take place are both immediate and are part of a long-term boost to wellness. These positive health impacts are a major motivation for aging adults to propel them toward success.

Smoking is detrimental to a person’s health and has been linked to numerous illnesses and diseases like cancer, heart disease and respiratory illnesses. Smoking also makes other unrelated illnesses worse, such as diabetes, bone weakness, eye problems and blood pressure. Studies show that when people quit smoking, their body starts to do better in a matter of days and weeks. Over time, seniors can regain some of the health benefits that smoking takes away.

Family Caregivers Can Help Elders Stop Smoking

The most successful cases of seniors who stop smoking all begin with a visit to the doctor. With a thorough health exam and recommendations for medication like gum and patches, doctors can help family caregivers and aging relatives with a treatment plan. They can also connect with other resources to help reach the goal.

A strong support group is vital to successfully quitting smoking. Family caregivers need to get elder care providers, family members and friends on board to support the aging adult and become familiar with the treatment plan. Having a support group will make the process easier on the senior. Elder care providers and family caregivers can help by providing gum and snacks when cravings hit, distract the senior with interesting hobbies, avoiding triggers and making sure they are taking medication properly.

Providing that emotional support is the main job of family caregivers and elder care providers. Elderly adults will need that inspiration from supporters to keep them on the right path toward quitting. It’s also important for family caregivers and elder care providers to help seniors move forward when they make mistakes and relapse. However, once the aging adult leaves smoking behind forever, it will be well worth it and they can look forward to a happier, healthier life.

If you are considering Elder Care Services in Mansfield OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.