Uncategorized | February 18, 2020
Nowadays, about 500,000 Canadians are struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, while it is assumed that about the same number of Canadians have it but are not aware of it. This health problem, known as COPD represents a group of lung diseases, and the most common are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. After heart disease, cancer, and accidents, COPS is the leading cause of death.
Symptoms of the disease progress with age, and they can include constant coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing up mucus and tightness in the chest. Although seniors are more likely to have COPD, with some lifestyle changes the risk of getting it can be significantly reduced.
The leading cause of COPD is smoking and even second-hand smoke can lead to this disease. The link between COPD and poor air quality has also been established.
Older adults who wish to minimize their risk of COPD should avoid smoking at any cost. Smokers should get support from their physicians and try quitting. Seniors who do not smoke should avoid getting exposed to second-hand smoke whenever possible. Since there is a connection between poor air quality and COPD, reducing exposure to air pollution can also contribute to reducing the risk. Many cities issue warnings when there is a higher level of air pollution. When this occurs, seniors should stay in their homes and limit their outside activities as much as possible. Older adults should also avoid airborne irritants in the home.
A well-balanced diet and regular physical activity can positively affect the respiratory system and improve lung function and overall health. To stay vital and strong seniors need to understand the way aging is affecting their respiratory system and learn ways to reduce the risk of any related disease or illness. When necessary, doctors can recommend vaccinations for influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia that can stop further breathing complications.
With Comfort Keepers, your loved one’s health and well-being come first. Whether they are looking for ways to slow the progression of the disease or minimize the risk of developing it, our caregivers can increase their quality of life and provide the needed support. Our care professionals can support physician-recommended health programs, prepare nutritious meals for your loved one, provide medication reminders to ensure that your parent is taking their pills as instructed, and provide transportation to scheduled appointments. If you wish to learn more about the ways we can help, please contact our office in Victoria, BC today.