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The 3 Most Important Things Seniors Can Do to Prevent Cancer

The Big C. Cancer. It’s a disease that nearly everyone fears. Unfortunately, older adults are at a higher risk for getting certain kinds of cancer. This means that it’s a wise idea for seniors to step up their efforts to protect themselves from cancer. While there are specific steps to take for some kinds of cancers, overall, experts agree that there are 3 things people can do to reduce their chances of getting any kind of cancer.

Home Care in Lehi UT: Cancer Preventative Measures

Home Care in Lehi UT: Cancer Preventative Measures

 

They are:

#1: Reach and Stay at a Healthy Weight

Being overweight not only makes getting cancer more likely, but it also increases the risk for several other serious health conditions, like heart disease and diabetes. According to the American Cancer Society, carrying excess pounds increases cancer risk because it causes the body to make more of hormones that encourage cancer growth, such as insulin and estrogen.

If you’re not certain what a healthy weight is for your aging relative, ask their doctor. The doctor can also suggest ways to help the older adult lose weight. One thing you should avoid is fad diets. While some of them might help with quick weight loss, they are rarely successful in keeping weight off for the long term. The best way for older adults to reach their goal weight and stay there is to make healthy lifestyle changes.

 

#2: Increase Physical Activity

Exercising can help older adults to lose weight. It’s also important for controlling hormone levels and strengthen the immune system. The current recommendation for the amount of exercise older adults should get is 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. Moderate intensity exercise increases the heart rate and makes the senior breathe as though they were taking a brisk walk. Forms of moderate intensity exercise include walking, riding a bicycle, swimming, housework, and gardening.

 

#3: Improve Dietary Choices

Eating a healthy diet is another way for older adults to reduce their weight. A healthy diet is one that uses lots of fruits and vegetables. In fact, experts recommend that fruits and vegetables be the focus of the diet. It also contains whole grains and low-fat sources of protein. It also avoids processed meats since eating large amounts has been linked to an increased cancer risk.

Elderly care can assist your aging relative to make these lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing cancer. An elderly care provider can encourage the senior to reach their weight loss goals. Elderly care providers can also help them to be more physically active by driving them to the gym, going for walks with them, or getting them to do more at home, like gardening or helping around the house. Elderly care providers can also prepare healthy, low-calorie meals.

 

Are you or a loved one considering hiring Home Care in Lehi, UT? Please talk to the friendly staff at December Rose Senior Care at Home. Providing Home Care in Highland, Utah and Surrounding Communities. 801-427-ROSE (7673)

 

Sources
Cancer.org
Mayoclinic.org
Verywellhealth.com

 

 

 

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Alan and Stephanie Jones, Owners

December Rose Senior Care is a local in-home care agency owned and operated by Alan and Stephanie Jones in Highland, Utah. While both Alan and Stephanie bring professional and practical experience to their business, it has been the fulfilling and educational aspects of assisting their parents through the aging process as well as raising their five children that encouraged them to start a personal care agency. In particular it was the humbling experience of caring for a special needs son and moving a parent from in-home care to assisted living that helped them realize there are many families who are caring for loved ones that need help. Their desire is to combine these experiences with over twenty years of medical sales and marketing, eleven years working with senior and elder populations among our Veterans and Native Americans, serving on multiple school boards and local legislative roles, to develop in-home care that exceeds expectations and honors seniors as the foundation of this country.
In their spare time, Alan and Stephanie are all about family and enjoy So. California beach vacations, watching their children’s sporting events, reading, participating in church and community activities, watching favorite shows together, participating in Boy Scouts, running and yoga.

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