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How to Boost a Senior Cancer Survivor’s Health

Battling cancer is difficult, and it is important for seniors who defeat the disease to have support to regain their health. Here are some simple ways you can provide Redondo Beach elder care for your senior loved one and help him or her stay healthy after surviving cancer.

Encourage Proper Nutrition

Cancer treatments can ravage a senior’s body and contribute to malnutrition. Your loved one should strive to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day to give his or her body the nutrients and antioxidants it needs to prevent illness. Offering to help with meal planning and providing ideas to make eating healthy fun can ensure your loved one has the fuel he or she needs to recover.

Assist with Exercise

During treatments, your loved one was likely too fatigued or nauseous to conduct full workouts, but exercise during recovery is a great way to boost his or her immune system. For this reason, you will want to help him or her start slow and work up to longer, more strenuous workouts. Partner stretches, short walks, and water aerobics classes are a few types of exercise your loved one can do with you or a respite caregiver in Redondo Beach.

Provide Social Opportunities

Your loved one likely experienced a tremendous amount of stress in the weeks and months prior to his or her recovery. If left unchecked, stress can weaken the immune system and contribute to emotional disorders such as depression. Make sure your loved one has a strong social support network to help him or her recover emotionally from the battle with cancer.

Discourage Unhealthy Habits

Though cancer survivors often give up bad habits during their treatment, they sometimes fall back into old patterns when feeling better. If your loved one gave up an unhealthy habit such as smoking, provide him or her with support to continue to leave old habits behind. Enjoying a conversation with a companion, taking a class, and exploring a new hobby can provide cancer survivors with healthier alternatives to fill their days.

At Home Care Assistance, we believe balance is an integral aspect of staying healthy after a battle cancer. Lifestyle factors like eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of physical activity, and maintaining strong social ties are major components of our proprietary Balanced Care Method, an evidence-based program included at no additional charge with any of our care plans. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Redondo Beach seniors and their families can count on. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (310) 504-0506 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.