A serious illness can have a negative impact on anyone, though particularly on older adults. However, seniors should ensure that they are still trying to live the healthiest lifestyle possible, or hire a home health care worker to help if necessary.
According to a recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, some older adults who have a serious condition have a difficult time breaking bad habits such as smoking or drinking.
Researchers looked at more than 11,000 Americans aged 50 or older and found that only 19 percent of people who were diagnosed with lung disease quit smoking within the same year. Additionally, there was a small change in alcohol consumption.
The study's authors are hopeful that providing more education to the benefits of healthy habits could improve the lives of those with chronic diseases.
"The results provide important new information on health behavior changes among those with chronic disease and suggest that intensive efforts are required to help initiate and maintain lifestyle improvements among this population," the authors state.
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