October is upon us and with it comes Healthy Lung Month. Staying healthy is a significant concern as we age, and lung health is among the most important. We at Providence House Assisted Living want the best for our residents so we hope this information helps us all understand how to keep our lungs healthy so we can live our best and longest lives.
Sometimes we take our lungs for granted. It is important to prioritize your lung health. According to the American Lung Association, our bodies have a natural defense system designed to protect the lungs, keeping dirt and germs at bay. But there are some important things you can do to reduce your risk of lung disease. Here are some ways we at Providence House Assisted Living suggest to keep your lungs healthy.
Cigarette smoking is the major cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Cigarette smoke can narrow the air passages and make breathing more difficult. Over time cigarette smoke destroys lung tissue and may trigger changes that grow into cancer. If you smoke, it’s never too late to benefit from quitting. The American Lung Association can help whenever you are ready.
Avoid Exposure to Indoor Pollutants
Secondhand smoke, home and workplace chemicals, and radon can cause or worsen lung disease. We at Providence House Assisted Living work to maintain a smoke-free environment for the health and well-being of residents and staff alike. Avoid exercising outdoors on bad air days. And talk to your healthcare provider if you are worried that something in your home, school, or work may be making you sick.
Avoid Exposure to Outdoor Air Pollution
The air quality outside can vary from day to day and sometimes is unhealthy to breathe. Knowing how outdoor air pollution affects your health and useful strategies to minimize prolonged exposure can help keep you and your family well.
A cold or other respiratory infection can sometimes become profoundly serious. There are several things you can do to protect yourself:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based cleaners such as hand sanitizers are a good substitute if you cannot wash.
- Avoids crowds during the cold and flu season.
- Good oral hygiene can protect you from the germs in your mouth leading to infections. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and see your dentist at least every six months.
Get vaccinated every year against influenza
Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if the pneumonia vaccine is right for you. If you get sick, we at Providence House Assisted Living suggest taking the time to stay in and recover. Protect the people around you, including your loved ones, by keeping your distance. Stay home from work or school until you’re feeling better.
Get Regular Check-ups
Regular check-ups help prevent diseases, even when you are feeling well. This is especially true for lung disease, which sometimes goes undetected until it is serious. During a check-up, your healthcare provider will listen to your breathing and listen to your concerns.
Whether you are young or old, slender, or large, able-bodied, or living with a chronic illness or disability, being physically active can help keep your lungs healthy. Even simple exercises go a long way for our health and wellbeing.
Providence House Assisted Living cares deeply about the health of our residents and those in the surrounding Brighton, MA area. As the temperatures drop it is important to take care of ourselves to maintain a long and healthy life. We hope these tips can help you keep your lungs healthy for years to come. For more information, please feel free to contact us today!