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How Seniors Can Cope with COPD

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COPD Can Wear Seniors Down

COPD wears down more than just the lungs. Because of your lack of oxygen intake, your body and brain can become depleted and worn. It is a debilitating disease that can take away your quality of life, but there are ways you can take that quality of life back by learning how to cope.

Many people don’t understand what COPD is and how much it can affect your body. COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. While many people think that only smokers suffer from COPD, this isn’t true. There are many other ways a person can be afflicted with this debilitating disease, including occupation and lifestyle.

This video shows how COPD works on the body; causing distress while trying to breathe.

Life with COPD

There are ways to help make your life better when you have COPD.

  • Stop smoking immediately.  According to the Mayo Clinic, “The most essential step in any treatment plan for COPD is to stop all smoking. It’s the only way to keep COPD from getting worse — which can eventually reduce your ability to breathe.”
  • Finding a caregiver to come to your house and help with everyday tasks can make a difference in your quality of life.
  • Pulmonary care and treatment (caring for those with lung disease) is done with a team of professionals. Beginning with finding a Pulmonologist or lung specialist for a complete diagnosis and medication is the first step to building an entire team to help you.
  • Lifestyle changes are imperative. Once diagnosed, there are steps you can take to maintain a fairly active lifestyle and cope.
  • Don’t neglect the rest of your body. While you may have a lung disease, the rest of your body needs to be strong also. Carefully monitored exercise by a trained professional can help you stay stronger longer and even improve your lung capacity.
  • Emotional stress is very common with anyone who has a disease. The fact that you are suddenly limited in movement and ability to participate in everyday facets of life can be very emotional. Seek professional help.

One of the best ways to live a quality lifestyle with COPD is by finding professional caregivers that can help you with the small things in life. Why tire yourself out with small chores and tasks, when accepting professional, qualified home care can help make your life so much better! If you or someone you love has COPD, make the call today for a qualified local caregiver to come to your home in Baltimore County or wherever you may reside. Find out how learning how to cope with this disease can put YOU in charge.


 

 

Photo by Christiaan Triebert

Photo by Christiaan Triebert