More people die from lung cancer in the United States than from any other type of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect that the numbers of people who develop the disease in the country and the deaths that occur as a result of it will only continue to increase through at least the year 2020. As a family caregiver, understanding the risk factors that your aging parent faces and helping them take meaningful steps to reduce them can make a major difference in their health and in their confidence moving forward.
Some of the ways that you can help your parent reduce the risk of developing lung cancer include:
- Quit smoking. If your aging parent smokes, they are at dramatically increased risk for developing lung cancer. This risk only increases further depending on the number of cigarettes that your parent smokes or used to smoke daily, and the number of years that they smoked. Quitting smoking, no matter how old your parent is or how long they have smoked, will decrease their risk
- Avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible. Exposure to secondhand smoke can also greatly increase risk of lung cancer. If your parent lives with a smoker, encourage them to insist that person smokes only outside and never inside a vehicle where your parent is riding. They should also avoid buildings where others are smoking, such as bars or restaurants that permit smoking
- Eat a healthy diet. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that gives them everything that their body needs to function and thrive, helps to protect your parent’s entire body, including their lungs. Talk to their doctor about the nutrients that they need and how they can best get them. Be aware that there are studies that have shown that taking vitamin supplements or getting too much of certain nutrients can lead to increased risk for health complications, including lung cancer.
If you have been trying to find a way to help your senior loved one achieve and maintain a higher quality of life as they age in place, starting elderly care for them might be the ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can be there with your senior on a customized schedule to ensure that they get the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need when they need it. It is a common misconception that only elderly adults who are very “old” or who have severe needs can benefit from elderly care. This is not the case. Even those seniors who only have mild to moderate needs can experience a wide range of benefits from the highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider. These services can help your parent to save time and energy, pursue greater independence and activity, and enjoy a more engaged lifestyle that allows them to experience more fulfillment as they age in place. As a family caregiver this can give you peace of mind knowing that whether you are with your parent or not, they are in good hands.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Lodi, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE