Research into cancer is ever evolving. Scientists and doctors learn new things about it every day. That can mean that the information is sometimes conflicting. In one report, you might read a tip that suggests doing a certain thing can prevent cancer. The next one you read might advise against that very thing. The truth is, there is nothing that can 100 percent guarantee that your older family member will not get cancer. However, experts do agree that making some healthy lifestyle changes can reduce the chances of getting cancer. Below are some of the things they suggest.
Reach and Stay at a Healthy Weight
Avoiding excess weight may help to prevent certain kinds of cancer, including breast, lung, colon, prostate, and kidney cancers. The American Cancer Society recommends that people be as lean as possible but that they also avoid being underweight. To reach a healthy weight, older adults should reduce the number of calories they eat and be more physically active to help burn off calories.
Follow a Healthy Diet
According to the Mayo Clinic, a healthy diet for cancer prevention involves:
• Fruits and Vegetables: The majority of the senior’s diet should focus mainly on plant-based foods. They should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains.
• Lower Calories and Fat Content: Eating meals that are lower in calories can help with weight loss. Also, should avoid refined sugars and high-fat foods. Portion control is also important. Learn what the proper portion sizes are for foods and help your aging relative to stick to them.
• Alcohol in Moderation: If your older family member drinks alcohol, they should do so in moderation. That means no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.
• Limit Processed Meats: Eating a lot of processed meats, like hot dogs and lunch meats, can increase the risk of cancer.
Skin cancer is extremely common, so older adults should protect themselves from the sun’s rays. Some steps they should take are wearing sunscreen whenever they go outside and wearing clothing that helps to keep sun off the skin.
Regular checkups can help to find cancers early. When cancer is detected in its early stages, treatment is usually more successful. Talk to the older adult’s doctor about the cancer screenings they need.
Home care can help your aging relative to follow the advice above to lower their risk of getting cancer. A home care provider can cook healthy, low-calories meals for the senior, ensuring they eat more plant-based foods and fewer processed meats. Home care providers can also remind the older adult to put on sunscreen before going outside, even helping them to apply it to areas of the body that are hard for them to reach.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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