More than 24 million people in the United States suffer from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), including some home caregivers themselves. Whether one is dealing with COPD oneself or is taking care of another person with COPD, knowing how to manage the condition is crucial. Home caregivers can learn some valuable tips by participating in a webinar on July 12.
“Managing COPD at Home” is the latest entry in the ongoing series of Family Caregiver Support webinars. It is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (12:00 noon Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The webinar series is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care.
According to the COPD Foundation, COPD is “an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.” Most of the time, COPD comes about due to inhalation of pollutants; thus people who smoke are primary targets, as are people exposed to environmental factors like second hand smoke, chemical fumes, etc. And some people do have a genetic predisposition to COPD as well.
Home caregivers participating in this webinar will leave the session with the ability to:
- Describe common symptoms associated with COPD.
- Understand some of the possible complications associated with COPD.
- Discover treatment options for COPD.
- List ways that home caregivers can support a loved one with COPD at home.
Lakelyn Hogan is a gerontologist and caregiver advocate for Home Instead Senior Care and a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska Omaha, studying social gerontology. She has a master of arts in social gerontology and a masters in business administration from UNO. Lakelyn has professional experience in the private and public sectors of senior care services.
Home caregivers should know that the next webinar in the series will focus on “Healthy Nutrition and Mealtime for Seniors” and will be held on August 2, 2017.