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Standing Up to Cancer: What Steps Can Seniors Take?

September 9th is Stand Up to Cancer Day. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, this day is meant to inspire him or her to remain strong and healthy in the face of the disease because people are raising money and awareness to work toward finding effective treatments. There are several lifestyle changes your loved one can make that may increase his or her chances of recovering from the disease, and the staff at Las Vegas Home Care Assistance discusses a few of these options. 

Eat a Healthy Diet

When a senior has cancer, it’s important to give his or her body the nutrients it needs. Sticking to a healthy diet may even help the body fight off cancer. For example, essential fatty acids can help prevent the growth of cancer cells. Your loved one can get his or her recommended daily dose of these important fatty acids by eating foods like almonds, leafy green vegetables, eggs, whole grains, and olive oil, and he or she should also avoid refined sugars and carbohydrates because they can hinder the body’s ability to repair itself. 

Meditate

Meditation has a number of physical benefits for seniors with cancer. This stress reduction exercise can boost mood, reduce depression and anxiety, enhance concentration, and increase immune system function. Regular meditation may help alleviate certain symptoms of cancer and enhance overall quality of life. 

Get Rid of Toxins

Getting rid of environmental toxins is important for any senior with cancer. Encourage your loved one to throw away over processed foods and potentially hazardous cleaning supplies, fabrics, and furniture and replace them with all-natural foods and substances that won’t cause harm to his or her health. 

Take Cancer-Fighting Supplements

Choosing the right supplements can be beneficial for seniors living with cancer. For example, liquid zeolite purges the body of the toxins that cause cancer, and it can also provide cells with the nutrition they need to repair themselves. Seniors with cancer may want to take supplements for liver health because the liver can be damaged by extensive chemotherapy treatment. Immune supplements are also helpful because they give the body the extra boost it needs to fight off disease. Make sure your loved one speaks with a doctor before taking any new supplements.

Help your loved one stand up to cancer by encouraging healthier lifestyle choices. If your loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, turn to Home Care Assistance.  We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which focuses on healthy lifestyle factors like eating well, exercising regularly, and maintaining a sense of calmness and purpose. To learn more about the respite and 24-hour care Las Vegas families trust, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 702-550-3185 to request a complimentary in-home consultation.