Valentine’s Day Gifts for Those with Lung Disease and Their Caregivers

Valentine’s Day is a day of love. It’s a day dedicated to showing the people in our lives how much we appreciate them. That we care for them. That our world is a much better place solely because they’re in it. One way we do this is by giving them Valentine’s Day...
People with COPD Show Improvement with Solid Social Support

People with COPD Show Improvement with Solid Social Support

Having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or any chronic lung disease, can be a lonely experience. People can often be around people (even family members) who don’t understand the disease and wonder why they can’t do what they used to do. If you have a lung...
COPD Stages, and What They Mean to a Caregiver

COPD Stages, and What They Mean to a Caregiver

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects everyone differently and can range from mild to severe. COPD is a progressive condition, which means it worsens over time. COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the third leading cause of death...
How to Fly with Oxygen Tanks

How to Fly with Oxygen Tanks

As the peak of holiday travel season is upon us, many people will be heading to airports to make long journeys as quickly as possible. For people with lung disease who regularly need supplemental oxygen, the hassle of airline travel can seem like a daunting task. But...
5 Things Someone with Lung Disease Wants You to Know

5 Things Someone with Lung Disease Wants You to Know

Millions of people live with chronic, life changing conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, fibromyalgia and COPD, just to name a few. At the Lung Health Institute, we understand how challenging, frightening and...
5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy Trying to stay healthy but unsure where to start? Let us help with these 5 tips. While living with a chronic lung disease is challenging, being a caregiver for someone with a chronic lung disease is also very difficult. The...
Caregivers and COPD: Finding a Support Group

Caregivers and COPD: Finding a Support Group

Caregivers and COPD: Finding a Support Group When caregivers find support for themselves, they can better support their loved ones. Caregivers are special people. They take on the role of loving aid and advocate for the people they are helping. While having COPD is...
How to Help a Parent with Lung Disease

How to Help a Parent with Lung Disease

Chronic lung diseases can be challenging for patients and their families. People with lung disease want to live full, satisfying lives; however, their condition can be limiting, which can cause frustration, anxiety and depression. The children of people with lung...
A Look Inside the Life of a Caregiver

A Look Inside the Life of a Caregiver

A Look Inside the Life of a Caregiver It’s difficult when someone you love has a chronic lung disease like COPD. From going through your daily routine to traveling to doing the things you enjoy doing, lung disease can take a large toll on both the patient and the...
Lung Disease Support Groups in Pittsburgh

Lung Disease Support Groups in Pittsburgh

Finding Support Are you looking for Lung Disease Support Groups in Pittsburgh? A diagnosis of a chronic lung disease does not constitute a death sentence, but it can certainly feel difficult to stay optimistic. The most important thing to remember is that you are not...
“I Can Do This”

“I Can Do This”

When Mila was diagnosed with COPD, I thought our life was over. I never said that, of course. I wanted to be supportive. She was scared as it was, so she definitely didn’t need my fears and concerns as an extra burden. I kept everything I was scared of bottled up...
Living Without a Caregiver

Living Without a Caregiver

Independence is an important issue for seniors and their families. Having independence is vital in establishing confidence and self-management, but for seniors who have difficult living circumstances, it can be an outright challenge. Seniors living with a lung disease...
Senior Independence Living Month

Senior Independence Living Month

For those of us with aging parents or even grandparents that we see often or live with, the idea of senior independence has a distinct meaning. While some seniors are able to continue with their household chores and run their own personal errands, this is not the case...
The Relationship between Caregiver and Patient

The Relationship between Caregiver and Patient

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of “caregiver” is a person who provides direct help and care for a child, elderly person or someone chronically ill. This simplified explanation does not even begin to comprehend the extent of what a...
Caregiver: What to Look For

Caregiver: What to Look For

How You Can Tell If Your Loved One Has COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be a very difficult condition to live with. From shortness of breath to severe coughing, these symptoms can often force a patient to depend on  aid from others. Caregivers...