World COPD Day, 18th November 2020
World COPD Day is organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with health care professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world. This day is marked to raise awareness, share knowledge, and discuss ways to reduce the burden of COPD worldwide.
The theme for World COPD Day 2020 is “Living Well with COPD – Everybody, Everywhere”. The aim this year is to send a positive message to both patients and care providers that although COPD does not have a cure, there are many ways to actively live well.
Click here to view the 2020 World COPD newsletter.
Staying healthy and preventing other serious illness can help patients with COPD to slow disease progression and prevent the burden of exacerbations. It is important to take recommended vaccines as part of maintaining health and living well.
Depression and anxiety are common in people suffering from COPD and can influence disease progression. Mind-body techniques, cognitive therapy and pulmonary rehab can reduce anxiety and depression.
It is also vital to recognize a change in symptoms and understand what to do when symptoms get worse. Having an action plan in place helps to reduce exacerbations and time spent in the health centre/hospital.
Make an appointment with the respiratory clinic at the Primary Care Centre to discuss your treatment and action plan: Call 20052441.