Lung Association Teams with Catholic Health System to Bring COPD Support Group to Buffalo

New Better Breathers Club meets third Tuesday of the Month at Catholic Health System in Cheektowaga, New Members Sought

(September 27, 2012)

As part of its mission to improve the lives of those living with lung disease, the American Lung Association has teamed up with Catholic Health System to bring its renowned Better Breathers Club to the Buffalo area.  Better Breathers Clubs are support groups for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of diseases which include emphysema and chronic bronchitis and which cause airflow blockage and destruction of the air sacs triggering breathing-related problems.  

The new group will meet on the third Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. until noon at the Appletree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga, in the Catholic Health System, Suite 48.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16 and will focus on fall prevention, energy conservation and adaptive equipment in conjunction with Home Safety Month.

“We are very excited to build a brand new Better Breathers Club in the Buffalo area,” said Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “We offer Better Breathers Clubs in communities throughout the Northeast and across the country. When you suffer from a chronic disease, it can sometimes feel like no one understands what you’re going through.  These clubs are a place where people with COPD can come to not only learn more about how to manage their disease but offer and receive support from others who are experiencing similar challenges. The goal is to help participants live the best quality of life possible.”

Educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics are already planned for the Better Breathers Club.  Each club has a facilitator that runs the meeting but guests are often invited to share information on health topics that are of special interest to those suffering from COPD. Some of the topics that have been featured at other Better Breathers Clubs include presentations on how COPD affects the lungs; breathing techniques; exercise; talking with your physician; medications and other treatment options; medical tests; supplemental oxygen; home health care; lung transplants, and air pollution.

 “A lot of what is featured at a particular Better Breathers Club depends on what topics are of most interest to club members,” said Michele Tufano, Director of Environmental Health at the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “We are hoping that people in the area who have COPD will take advantage of this free program that is dedicated to supporting them and providing them with information that they can use to live healthier lives. These clubs offer a very welcoming environment and since the Buffalo club is so new, now is a great time to join and walk into a situation where everyone is new and just getting to know one another.”

Those who have questions about the Better Breathers Club can contact Michele Tufano at 585.666.1396 or mtufano@lungne.org.  Those interested in registering for the Better Breathers Club should call the HealthConnection at 716.447.6205. 

To download a flyer about the new club, click here.