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Taking Steps to Manage COPD

Health  |  July 12, 2021

Taking Steps to Manage COPD

Taking Steps to Manage COPD – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is costly in every sense of the word. It is the fourth  leading cause of death in the United States, and it accounts for $1.5 billion in medical spending annually. Up to 3 million Canadian may be living with the disease, many of them still undiagnosed, and those who suffer from it experience a reduced quality of life and often have difficulty performing their regular daily activities. Once a person is admitted or readmitted to the hospital for COPD, he or she usually begins to experience a decline in health. Self-management of COPD is therefore crucial to enable the person to retain as much independence as possible for as long as possible.

Fast Facts

Five percent of all deaths globally in 2005 were attributed to COPD, a preventable disease most commonly caused by smoking.

While it may seem contrary to suggest that a person who is easily winded and may have breathing difficulties exercise regularly, studies show that exercise is a key component to managing the disease and preventing hospital admissions and readmissions. In one study of 340 patients who were followed for a year, usual physical activity accounted for a 46% reduced risk of hospital readmissions, which is good news for COPD patients.

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Often people with COPD become more sedentary since increased shortness of breath may make them less willing to exert themselves. This has a domino effect, causing them to further physically decline, which in turn can cause depression. Depression can further prevent people with COPD from maintaining activity levels, which then increases the rate of physical decline. The overall effect is a greater, faster decline in health and quality of life. Exercise can not only break or inhibit that cycle, it can also help decrease the COPD patient’s isolation since it helps the person retain mobility so they can leave their homes and enage in social activities.

Taking these steps COPD patients can help to maintain their quality of life and independence:

  • stopping smoking,
  • getting a yearly influenza vaccine,
  • working with their physicians to ensure they are receiving an adequate oxygen prescription,
  • taking their prescriptions as prescribed,
  • maintaining a healthy diet and weight,
  • and speaking with their doctors when they notice physical changes.

While COPD patients may need the intervention of medical professionals to help them treat and manage the disease, taking these small steps can go far in helping them enjoy activities and live life to the fullest.

Comfort Keepers® Can Help

Comfort Keepers can help. Our caregivers can provide wellness support, remind clients to take medication, provide transportation to scheduled appointments, and support physician-prescribed exercise regimens and diets. As part of an individualized care plan, caregivers can let a senior’s care team know if there are changes in behavior or physical characteristics. Our goal is to see that clients have the means to find the joy and happiness in each day, regardless of age or acuity.

To learn more about our in-home care services, contact your the Comfort Keepers Winnipeg location today.

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Morgan, M.D.L. (2003). Preventing hospital admissions for COPD: Role of physical activity. Thorax 58(2), 95-96. doi:10.1136/thorax.58.2.95.

World Health Organization. (October 2013). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Fact sheet N°315. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs315/en/.

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