Smoking is the biggest cause of both preventable and premature deaths in the United States. The life expectancy of a smoker is cut short by 10 to 12 years, and more than half of all smokers die from smoking-related diseases.
An estimated 9.3 percent of seniors age 65 an older smoke cigarettes. Approximately 440,000 people die annually from smoking-related diseases, with 300,000 of those deaths in the age group of 65 and older. Despite what many seniors believe, it is never too late to quit smoking. Take control of your health and your life and quit smoking today. If you live at home with the help of a caregiver and homecare system, quitting will be easier than you think.
Quit Smoking Today, Feel Better Tomorrow
Researchers who studied 17 seniors age 60 and older found that even those who quit smoking at an advanced age increase the probability of a longer life. The study’s findings, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, indicate smoking was linked to increased mortality in older patients. The authors of the study noted an 83 percent increased relative mortality for current smokers, and only a 34 percent increased mortality for former smokers.
While many believe that those who quit smoking after the age of 65 fail to reap any rewards, the U.S. Surgeon General reports that the benefits of quitting smoking do extend to quitting at older ages – even if you’ve smoked for years. Here are just a few of the many benefits of quitting:
- After one day, your blood pressure and pulse rate may drop
- After two days, the carbon monoxide level in your blood will return to normal
- Within three to five days, your gums begin to heal
- Within two to twelve weeks, you may cough and wheeze less, have improved circulation, and have better lung function
- After one year of quitting, your risk of heart disease may be half that of someone who still smokes
- Within 4 to 5 years, your risk of certain cancers may be reduced by 50 percent
In addition to the health benefits, quitting smoking saves a person approximately $1,500 each year. Just think of what you can do with all that extra cash – and your newfound energy!
How Homecare Software can Help
A reputable homecare system, such as provided by ClearCare, can help seniors in their quest to quit smoking. Caregivers can set tasks in ClearCare’s homecare software to remind their patients to change nicotine patches, get fresh air, and keep busy with interesting activities.
Quitting smoking takes determination and patience. Your caregiver can help you every step of the way, by giving encouragement and motivation. Caregivers can rely on ClearCare’s homecare system and homecare software for monitoring your progress and note what health benefits you’re experiencing. Reminding you of such benefits will spur you on to keep fighting for nicotine freedom, and notes on progress can also be viewed by physicians via a secure web log-in to the homecare software portal.
ClearCare’s homecare system and homecare software aim to keep seniors safe and comfortable as they live out their golden years at home. Whatever battles seniors face – including quitting smoking –a homecare software or homecare system, coupled with the help of caregivers, can be a big help!