It’s no secret that smoking cigarettes cause serious illnesses and even death. The risk of serious health problems for seniors is often even higher than usual because most seniors who smoke have been engaging in the habit for many years. The risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, lung cancer, kidney disease, and even Alzheimer’s are greatly increased for smokers. However, it’s a difficult habit to quit, which is why many seniors still keep up the habit. Fortunately, assisted living facilities, like Oyster Bay in Long Island, have resources that can help encourage seniors to cease their smoking habits. Here’s how they can help you.
A major reason smoking is easier to quit in an assisted living center is that many centers are becoming smoke-free facilities. Even states that don’t prohibit smoking indoors are paying more attention to the dangers of first and second-hand smoke and are choosing to ban smoking indoors at the very least. Some are even taking it a step further and prohibiting smoking on the campus at all. This includes residents and staff alike. While this is definitely a harder approach to quitting than most smokers want to deal with, the inability to smoke without going somewhere else each time can make it quite a bit easier to stop smoking right away. Even facilities with outdoor smoking areas can help seniors quit smoking because it does make the process more difficult because the time has to be set aside to move to one of these areas to smoke in.
Behavioral Therapy Treatments
Oyster Bay’s assisted living helps seniors have easier access to health professionals as well as counselors and behavioral therapists that can help create a plan to stop smoking. Some seniors can try products or medications recommended by a doctor, while others need therapy to stop the habit. This therapy is extremely beneficial because the counselor helps people understand why they smoke and how they can use that knowledge to stop smoking. Many seniors want to stop the habit; they just aren’t equipped with the knowledge to know what to do when their body craves a cigarette. If there are certain components of a routine that trigger the need for a cigarette, a counselor can help adjust schedules and routines so that the cigarette isn’t an aspect of the routine. Being prepared for activities or times of the day that trigger the need for smoking can help seniors make modifications that will eventually eliminate the need for a cigarette.
Change of Environment
By simply changing their environment, many seniors are able to minimize or eliminate the need for smoking. Habitual smokers typically won’t have the same need for a cigarette because their previous environment facilitated that more easily. Some smokers find that a change of environment makes it easier to use alternatives, whether it be a different activity or an alternative to tobacco that’s permitted by the assisted living home.
Smoking is often a social habit for many people. Along with changing the environment, changing social circles can help a senior feel less need to smoke. The town of Oyster Bay senior housing provides opportunities for seniors to create new social circles. This social involvement helps reduce smoking triggers related to loneliness and boredom and helps seniors become more involved in activities that can replace their smoking habits. To learn more about assisted living opportunities, contact Oyster Bay Senior Campus today.