If you’ve been smoking for decades, you may feel like it’s too late to stop now! But you are never too old to quit smoking! Maybe you think the damage is done as far as your health is concerned, and you are too set in your ways to change.
The truth is that your body will start to recover whenever you stop smoking. Millions of seniors successfully quit, and you can too.
In fact, an aging population is creating more interest and options for seniors who want to give up tobacco. The Australian Health Dept have created special websites and other tools especially for smokers over 50. Take advantage of the growing number of resources, and put these pointers to work for you.
Benefits of Quitting Smoking for Seniors
When you stop smoking at any age, immediately your body begins to repair itself. If you are planning a long and healthy retirement, focusing on your health is a good place to start.
Lower Blood Pressure
Blood pressure drops in less than a half-hour after your last cigarette. You may be able to avoid taking medications and risking their side effects.
Speaking of medication, you are likely to be taking more prescriptions in your later years, experiencing more illnesses, and undergoing more procedures. Not smoking speeds up natural healing.
Many studies have found that smoking increases your risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Hold onto your memory and cognitive functions longer.
Seniors have higher rates of respiratory conditions so it pays to take care of your lungs. You are never too old to start. In addition to lung cancer, you’ll be protecting yourself from pneumonia, COPD, bronchitis, and emphysema.
Strengthen your heart
Enhanced circulation and fewer heart conditions are another bonus. Your risk of heart attacks declines in just a few weeks after you quit smoking.
Thicken your bones
Smoking speeds up the bone loss that comes with aging. Guarding against fractures makes it easier to stay active and fit.
Not too old to Quit Smoking
Many smoking cessation tips that work for the younger set will help seniors too. Take a look at some general tips, and advice geared toward your needs and experiences.
Google Drug-Free Therapies
Studies show that seniors tend to underestimate the success of therapies such as hypnosis, EFT, or acupuncture.
Talk with your children or friends who have quit using these methods. Quitting does not need to be as hard or as uncomfortable as you think.
Check your coverage. In recent years, Medicare coverage for smoking cessation has expanded. You may be eligible for rebates for Hypnosis even if you don’t have a diagnosed smoking-related condition.
Taper down. Years ago, you may have heard that cold turkey was the only way to quit. Today, most experts agree that ex-smokers succeed with a variety of methods, including gradual approaches.
Apply your wisdom. There are advantages to not being born yesterday. Build your confidence by remembering other obstacles you’ve overcome. Focus on your future goals. You can do this.
Seek support. One major piece of wisdom that often comes with maturity is the recognition that we sometimes need a helping hand. Let your family and friends know how they can assist you. Ask for their advice on methods. Book a Free consultation with those offering new-age solutions.
Think long term. Many smokers require multiple attempts at quitting, so hang in there.
Focus on Longterm Benefits
Each time you try, you learn more about what works for you. Just wanting to quit puts you ahead of the pack. The most successful method to permanently quit smoking is hypnotherapy. Book a complimentary session and discuss with our therapist. You can become an inspiring role model for others.
Becoming smoke-free is a major victory whether you are 18 or 80. Remember you are never too young and certainly, never too old to quit. Giving up smoking can extend your life and definitely help you get more enjoyment from your golden years.
if you want to discuss options and create a plan to quit smoking Download our quit smoking pack or talk to one of our therapists. We are Quit Smoking Experts and can help you kick the smoking habit for good.