Do you have COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an on-going illness that keeps you from breathing normally. It is a very common problem for adults in Central Ohio, nationwide and around the world. COPD includes several conditions including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. Often, it is a combination of two or more of these diseases.
People with COPD often have symptoms such as coughing, increased amounts of mucus, and shortness of breath. Over time these symptoms can become worse and may cause a limit in activities. Being short of breath is a very scary feeling and those with COPD may also experience anxiety and panic episodes.
COPD is usually treated with medications, breathing exercises, and sometimes a pulmonary rehabilitation program, if available.
COPD is caused by many factors, such as a history of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke and environmental or occupational irritants.
Being short of breath is NOT part of the aging process. If you are experiencing shortness of breath or an on-going cough, ask your doctor about a breathing test. A spirometry or Pulmonary Function Study is a simple test that can help determine what is causing these problems and how to treat them.
If you do not have a physician, you may qualify to be seen in our free Medical Clinic. Call 614-273-2843 to find more information or to schedule an appointment.
COPD Outreach Program
Funded by Franklin County Senior Options, The Breathing Association offers FREE in-home educational visits to help you better understand and manage your breathing problems, use your medications correctly, learn breathing techniques and exercises to help you “breathe easier” and stay healthier. Links and information on other local senior support services are also provided.
To participate you must be age 60 or older and reside independently or in assisted living in Franklin County. No income information is required.
Group education classes on lung diseases, breathing exercises and more are offered free of charge and tailored to any senior group in Franklin County.
Contact COPD Services
Pulmonary Health Education Specialist at 614-273-2843 to:
- Find out more or schedule an appointment for a home visit
- Discuss your questions or concerns
- Schedule a speaker for your group
Information on lung health issues is always available regardless of your income or insurance status. 614-273-2843