An estimated 440,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by smoking. Smoking is responsible for an estimated on in five U.S. deaths, and costs the U.S. over $250 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity. About 48 million Americans smoke cigarettes, but most smokers are either actively trying to quit or want to quit. Since 1965, more than 40 percent of all adults who have eve smoked have quit.
The Surgeon General’s Report includes these findings:
- After one year off of cigarettes, the risk of heart disease caused by smoking, is reduced by half. After 15 years of abstinence, the risk is similar to that for people who’ve never smoked.
- In 5 to 15 years, the risk of stroke for ex-smokers returns to the level of those who’ve never smoked.
- Male smokers who quit between ages 35 to 39 add an average of 5 years to their lives. Female quitters in this age group add 3 years. Men and women who quit at ages 65 to 69 increase their life expectancy by 1 year.
DFD Russell Medical Center offers counseling and resources to assist patients with their efforts to quit smoking. DFD assesses readiness to quit, help establish a target date, provides follow-up support via care management calls, and supply individuals whose insurance does not cover nicotine replacement with vouchers for replacement therapy.
A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.More Information on A Matter of Balance
Living Well With Diabetes
Take control of your health. Learn to manage Type 2 Diabetes and symptoms with tools and tips on how to live a healthier life. Past participants report less pain, more energy, and fewer hospitalizations.
Originally developed by Sanford University and supported by Spectrum Generations, this class is taught by trained community members, many of whom have diabetes themselves.
Date: Fridays from Nov 16 to December 28 (no class November 23)
Time: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: 180 Church Hill Road, Leeds, Maine
Registration required. Contact SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241 or firstname.lastname@example.orgMore Information on Living Well with Diabetes