Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, often referred to as COPD, describes several progressive respiratory diseases (such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis) that target the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. While COPD presents a unique set of challenges to older adults and their caregivers, it is essential to remember that millions of American families can successfully manage this diagnosis every year with the appropriate combination of treatment and modifications to their daily lives.
People living with COPD may experience both physical and cognitive challenges related to their diagnosis. While COPD is mainly associated with shortness of breath, other medical complications may arise as a direct result of this, including but not limited to: lung infections, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even depression/anxiety. Because of the frequency and severity of these complications, people living with COPD may need to make significant changes to their daily routines to manage their condition effectively.
COPD symptoms can often make doing chores and completing other daily tasks challenging… Small, simple changes in a daily routine can significantly impact the quality of life for someone with COPD.
Older adults with COPD may struggle to move around their homes as they once did. Changes may be necessary to ensure a loved one can get around the house with ease.
Parents with COPD may need extra assistance around their homes to manage their symptoms comfortably.
Loved ones with COPD may need additional emotional support to manage how they are feeling about their symptoms. Special considerations should be made to ensure they get the support they need to thrive independently.
COPD Adults Have Unique Needs
While COPD can initially be overwhelming, we are confident that our loved ones can still thrive with the right resources and support. We encourage you to connect often with a health care practitioner on new practices and tips to ease a loved one’s daily life. We want to support you and your loved one as you navigate this new health reality and hope to connect on any of your specific needs or questions.
Loved Ones WITH COPD CAN REMAIN INDEPENDENT
COPD can be a challenging disease to cope with, but we offer many products and solutions to assist you and your parent to keep them safe so they can maintain their independence at home as long as possible.
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