I have been a resident at The Barrington for several years and I am a widow. I am happy here; never lonely, very safe, with friends and a caring staff.
Why You’re Never Too Old to Quit Smoking Back
If you or a loved one has smoked for many years, it may seem like too much damage has already been done to go through the agony of quitting smoking. While damage to your health may have already occurred, it is actually never too late to quit smoking. And the great news is that the sooner you quit, the rewarding benefits are immediate! According to the American Cancer Society, within just 20 minutes after quitting, your heart and blood pressure drop. In just 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal, and in as little as 2 weeks, your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
The Challenges of Quitting When You’re Older
If you have been smoking for a number of years, not only is smoking a habit, but it is an addiction that may be tied to many of the events and routines that make up your life. Maybe you’ve tried to quit in the past, even on several occasions, without success. You may feel defeated when it comes to trying to quit again when you’ve experienced failure with it in the past. You may even have fear that you will be more irritable, nervous or tense if you lose your outlet of smoking. Some people fear they will gain weight, or that life may simply be boring without smoking.
One thing you can feel confident about if you have the desire to quit smoking, is that you have strength and resolve that many younger people may not possess yet. No doubt you have done very hard things over your lifetime and have experienced many triumphs and trials that make you who you are today. You never know, you just might have the strength to finally quit that you didn’t have long ago in your youth. Dr. Tai Hing Lam of the University of Hong Kong says, “many older smokers misbelieve that they are too old to quit or too old to benefit from quitting. Because of reverse causality and from seeing deaths of old friends who had quit recently, some misbelieve that quitting could be harmful.” He advises that patients need to be warned that smoking increases your chances of dying from smoking-induced diseases (such as cancer, heart diseases, stroke and respiratory and many other serious diseases), and quitting at any time greatly reduces those risks.
The Advantages of Quitting Today
It really is never too late to quit smoking. The benefits are immediate and very rewarding. Your breath smells better, yellowed teeth begin to whiten, food begins to taste better, and those everyday activities such as climbing stairs or getting in and out of a car no longer leave you breathless. The health benefits are remarkable and should motivate you to quit today! Some health benefits include:
Your circulation and lung function will improve
Reduction in risk of heart attack, stroke, and cancer
If you suffer from chronic bronchitis or emphysema, quitting stops further damage
Overall physical health will improve, stamina and energy will increase
Many older people that quit smoking report that they wish they had quit a lot sooner, and that they feel relieved and grateful to be free from the addiction. Long-term smokers can feel significant improvements in their health once they quit, which motivates them to stay strong and habit-free. If you have experienced a heart attack, quitting can reduce your chance of having another attack. If you have experienced long-term health problems, quitting can increase your mental and physical stamina to regain your life and take control of these precious years and feel great again. It really is never too late to quit smoking!
The first time I walked into the Barrington I had a very warm feeling. The entire staff is very caring and helpful. I enjoy all the activities and social events that we have. I really enjoy the food; our chef does a great job. I feel that there is something for everyone here to in enjoy here at The Barrington. I have made some wonderful friends with the residents and staff. The Barrington is a great place to live.
I came to the Barrington in 2009; this place saved my life. The room my daughter picked out for me overlooks the school and the children who go there. The trees and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. I love to walk outdoors and meditate. I also enjoy our trips to the beaches and parks. I am on the welcoming committee, serve at happy hour, and I go with the Marketing Team to do outreach. This is my home and the staff is my family.
The Barrington in Largo, FL, was recommended to us by A Place for Mom as an option for my parents. My wife and I visited The Barrington for a tour. We were greeted by Sherrie (Regional Supervisor, Tarantino Properties) for our visit. Sherrie was extremely knowledgeable & professional; a great representative for The Barrington. We also met Linda (Nurse Administrator) in order to describe the care needs required for my father. Linda was very understanding of my Dad’s needs and took the time to formulate a care plan for my father. Linda was extremely helpful with a great sense of ...Show More
I love it here. This place is just like next to heaven. It's as close as you can get.
I love it! Katie and Amber are so helpful and keep me involved. Everyone is so kind here. I love bingo. We have such sweet, sweet people working here. The food is outstanding too!
I love it here. Katie and Amber are the reason I love it here. You both are exactly why I love every day here.
There are just so many activities here that it's hard to choose what to do. I love the poker on Thursday nights. It's been an easy transition for me.
The people that work here are really nice and attentive. I like playing Scrabble and staying busy. Our walking club is really fun. I love being outside. Our walkway around the building is so nice. I always like when they come in and help me get ready for my day in the morning. The Parkinson's program is so nice to get my day started too.
I like the activities here. That's my favorite part. We painted bird houses and now they're in the courtyard. I love the entertainment here. The music is from the right era! I am really happy.