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Smoking and dementia: How can I help my mom quit?

Mom smokes but has Alzheimer's, I'm afraid she is going to set the house on fire but she says she is too old to quit a lifelong habit. How can I help her quit smoking?
Status: Open    Dec 31, 2014 - 07:04 AM

Dementia, Senior Health & Nutrition

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Feb 19, 2015 - 10:53 AM

Smoking has been identified as a risk factor linked to dementia.

The biggest need for people with dementia is safety. So concerns of her smoking without oversight is a big concern. Speaking with her physician about implementing a smoking cessation program (such as a patch) for her and tailored to her dementia would be a good idea. Or if she is not able to purchase cigarettes herself, then only allow her to smoke when someone is with her, otherwise make sure she does not have access to cigarettes.

Rhonda Caudell

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Jun 22, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Why make her quit? Why make her give up desserts or anything that still gives her pleasure? As long as she is safe and supervised, I don't see the downside.
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