Exercise, Cancer, and the Benefits of Proper Senior Care
Senior Care in Marina Del Ray CA
By the time Bill was 73 years old, he had been through and seen a lot. He and his wife Mary had been married 42 years and even though they had their ups and downs, they felt closer than ever. One day Bill woke up and had some pain and discomfort in his abdomen. After ignoring it for a little while, his wife encouraged him to see the doctor. He ended up being diagnosed with liver cancer.
At first the diagnosis seemed to be a death sentence for him. However, with the encouragement of his doctor and Mary, Bill agreed to have surgery, start chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and do his best to fight back against this disease. Within the first couple of weeks he noticed the task of caring for him was wearing Mary out. That’s when he told her to seriously look into professional senior care services.
Mary wasn’t too keen on hiring a complete stranger to come into their home and assist Bill with many of his basic tasks. Some days he would seem completely fine while others the treatment was taking its toll on his body. At 73, he wasn’t able to make a full recovery physically like he could in his youth.
Reluctantly, Mary contacted a senior care agency in the area and found that they understood exactly what he was going through. One of the first things the caregiver did when he showed up to work with Bill was encourage him to get exercise. This senior care provider asked Bill to contact his doctor and ask directly whether or not it was safe and beneficial for him to get exercise. He did so and was surprised to learn his doctor thought it was a great idea.
Exercise helps to boost the immune system, but for seniors like Bill who are dealing with cancer, there needs to be some tempering of enthusiasm and the activities done. Bill’s Doctor admonished him not to overdo it with his exercise or physical activity, but that he should get at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular workout to help strengthen his heart, get blood and oxygen as well as other nutrients moving to his organs more efficiently.
April is Cancer Control Month and for seniors who have been diagnosed with some form of cancer, getting proper care as soon as possible will have a significant impact on their ability to defeat this disease and make a full and healthy recovery. Mary was eternally grateful her husband recommended senior care and that she hired somebody with experience.
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