New Way to Cope with an Alzheimer or Dementia Patient who Still Smokes
Posted Oct 02 2010 9:35pm
The Alzheimers or Dementia patient who smokes creates a challenging predicament for their caregiver. Sometimes, in late-stage Alzheimer’s the patient forgets the urge to smoke. But the mild or moderate Alzheimer’s patient may be addicted from many years of heavy smoking and simply unable to quit.
Certainly, the first thing to do is to encourage them to stop smoking. If they are early in the disease process of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, they may be able to attend a stop-smoking program. A good program may be found through a local hospital or contact with their physician. Their personal doctor might also be contacted about use of the “stop-smoking patch,” which is now available without a prescription. He can verify that there would be no reaction to already prescribed medications.
Smoking is dangerous under any circumstance to Physical Health. And the careless use of smoking materials presents a great risk of a destructive fire. Previously, I have warned about people with mid-stage Alzheimer’s forgetting to turn the stove off after baking. I can think of similar hazards caused by someone who smokes carelessly.
If continued smoking is allowed, perhaps a designated might be a good idea. It could be limited to a certain number of times per day, only outside, and always accompanied by the caregiver or another person.
Since smoking would only be done at appointed times, the caregiver could store the smoking paraphernalia safely away when not in use.All smoking sessions should be chaperoned since a cigarette tossed carelessly could easily start a fire.
If your patient has been completely unable to quit smoking, they may find the new electronic cigarette helpful. Since it offers the taste they are use to without the smoke or other inhalants which damage the lungs.
What is the electronic cigarette you ask, it’s a battery operated cigarette that gives you the feeling of smoking a regular cigarette without all the harmful toxins that are contained in regular cigarette smoke. The electronic cigarette resembles a regular cigarette and has a chamber that turns pure liquid nicotine into a puff of vapor giving you the sense of smoking a regular cigarette without all the chemicals that are present in regular cigarette smoke. The only chemical you are exposed to with the electronic cigarette is nicotine unlike regular cigarettes, which contain thousands of chemicals and tar.
Price would not be an issue, since the price for the Electronic Cigarette Kits are less than purchasing the same number of cigarettes that would be replaced with the new system.
Below are a few reviews for this system:
” I smoke a lot, and I can admit that. I often need to take smoke breaks at work, and lose precious time for work that needs to be done. Now I just use Smokeless Delite electronic cigarettes when ever I feel the need. It’s great!” -
Patricia L. Age 32
” I like smokeless Delite electronic cigarettes because I can use it anywhere! I have even used it on the train. I had to explain to a few people what it was, and how it works. But when they realized what it was, they wanted to know where to get it.” -
Sean P. Age 24
” I just wanted to write in and thank you for this great invention. I’m no longer tied to the old lighter and match as you say! I’m now, 100% smokeless and I don’t even miss the old smelly smoke filled cigarettes. Thanks again for the freedom!.” -
Evelyn Rodriguez Age –