Elderly care clients can benefit from the insight given by a recent Swedish study. The study suggests the healthier your lungs are, the better your brain’s processing speed and problem-solving abilities are as you age. The study analyzed more than 800 men and women aged 50 to 85 who were followed for up to 19 years. It was found that maintaining lung function benefits cognitive performance. This could be because poor lung health may lower oxygen levels in the blood, which could, in turn, affect chemicals that transmit signals between brain and cells.
With this in mind, consider what you are doing to maintain healthy lungs. Whether you are 40, 50, 60, or 70, there are steps you can take to strengthen and protect your lungs.
Here are some of the top suggestions from our expert home care team:
– No Smoking. Period. Smoking is the most damaging habit you can acquire for lung health. Seniors who smoke more, are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema, but any amount of smoking delivers adverse side effects. Second hand smoke is also dangerous and should be avoided.
– Exercise more. Exercise makes it easier for your lungs to do their job. Adding light cardiovascular activities like walking and jogging helps your lungs improve their efficiency. This can be particularly helpful for individuals with chronic lung diseases. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program, and feel free start a conversation with your doctor or home care provider regarding beneficial goals and activities.
– Improve air quality in your home. Check for air pollutants in your home that may agitate lung conditions. This included excessive pet dander, dust, mold, smoke, and even strong air fresheners or perfumes. According to the EPA, people should work to eliminate sources, improve ventilation, and use air cleaners and filters. A home care service can assist seniors with light house cleaning and ventilation.
– Eat healthy. According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, a 2010 study found that people who consumer green cruciferous vegetables benefit from a lower risk of lung cancer. Seniors can partner with family and home care providers to find ways to include anti-oxidant rich foods into their diet.
Overall, it is important to educate yourself and monitor your health. If you battle a cough for more than three weeks or have chronic chest pain or a hard time breathing even while resting, speak with your doctor. Home care services can provide assistance for individuals who are already living with a chronic lung condition and can support a healthy lifestyle to promote healing. Home care providers can also help seniors manage asthma medications or inhalers by providing refill and dosing reminders.
ComForcare Home Care Supports Healthy Living
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty home care services to people of all ages with offices conveniently located nationwide. We can help make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own homes. We offer elderly care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving our services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
ComForcare Home Care
2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302