Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, is one of the leading causes of death, behind heart disease, cancer, and accidents. Nowadays, more than half a million Canadians have been diagnosed with it, while it has been estimated that about the same number of Canadian citizens have it, but are still not aware of it. COPD represents a group of lung diseases, where emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common members. COPD progresses with age and it includes symptoms such as continuous coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing up mucus as well as tightness in the chest.
Due to its characteristics, COPD is most common in seniors. Luckily, with some lifestyle changes and preventive measures, older adults can reduce the risk of COPD and maintain their health.
According to the Canadian Lung Association, smoking is the most common cause of this disease. However, seniors who are often exposed to second-hand smoke are also likely to develop COPD. In addition, research also shows that there is a significant connection between air pollution and COPD.
To stay healthy and minimize the risk of COPD seniors who smoke should take steps to quit. Even non-smokers should do everything in their power to stay away from second-hand smoke. Avoiding exposure to air pollution can also benefit one’s health. Since a lot of cities issue warnings when air pollution is increased, when this occurs seniors should stay at their homes and limit their outdoor activities to a minimum. It is also recommendable that seniors avoid airborne irritants in the home.
A well-balanced diet and regular exercise can greatly improve one’s lung function and boost their health. O stay vital seniors need to be aware of the ways age is affecting their respiratory system and learn how to reduce their risk of any related diseases or illnesses. To prevent further breathing complications, seniors can also get vaccinated for both influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia.
Comfort Keepers offers top-quality home care to seniors in Vancouver, BC and surrounding areas. Our trained caregiver can assist your loved one with activities that can slow down the progression of the disease or reduce their risk of COPD. They can assist your parents with various daily tasks such as meal preparation, medication reminders, transportation to scheduled appointments, and many more. Our care providers can also encourage regular physical activity and physician-recommended health programs.
Please contact our office in Vancouver, BC today to learn more about the ways we can help your aging loved one.
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