Patients

Better Breathers Clubs

Each month, Better Breathers Club members gather at these free meetings across Colorado to support each other and learn new techniques for managing their lung disease. Guest speakers discuss topics such as traveling with oxygen, Medicare plan options and stress management.

Find a Better Breathers Club Support Group near YOU! Then stop on by.  We’d love to welcome you to our club meetings.

Better Breathers Club, Denver: Alpha Beaters

Better Breathers Club, Denver: St. Joseph's Hospital Pulmonary Rehab
3rd Thursday/ month, 11:00 AM (pot luck lunch)

Better Breathers Club, Longmont: Easy Breathers
3rd Wednesday of the month

Better Breathers Club, Denver: Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group
2nd Tuesday of every month

Better Breathers Northern Colorado: KEEP PACE
This group no longer meets consistently but we'd be happy to hear from you and offer you any support we can.

Better Breathers Club, Greenwood Village

Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group
Joe Walsh Memorial Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group National Jewish Health

Better Breathers Club, Denver: Rocky Mtn. Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group
Second Sunday of every other month Jan-Nov.

Better Breathers Club: St. Anthony's North Hospital

Better Breathers Club, Colorado Springs: Breath of Life
Group is held every 4th Thursday of the month, starting in April

Better Breathers Club, Denver: EZ Breathers
3rd Friday of the month March-November

Better Breathers Club, Denver: Pulmonary Fibrosis
Meetings are the last Tuesday of the month 2:00-3:30pm

Better Breathers Club, Loveland: Breathe Easier
3rd Tuesday of Feb.-May

Better Breathers Club, University Hospital: Buff Breathers

Living with COPD: A life Change

COPD is a serious disease.  People with COPD face physical challenges.  They may also have worries and feelings that can make life difficult.  If you or a loved one has COPD, there are steps to take to help cope with the lifestyle changes this disease brings.  Knowing about COPD and its treatment can help you feel more in control.

  • Don't smoke.  If you are a smoker, there are many ways to get help with quitting.  Talk to your doctor about products and medicines that can help you to quit.  Join a quit smoking class like Freedom from Smoking®.  Ask your family and friends to support you and ask them to help you manage your COPD by not smoking in your home or anywhere around you.
  • Try to avoid dust and fumes and stay indoors on bad air days. Check daily air quality levels and air pollution forecasts in your area. Sources include local radio and TV weather reports, newspapers and online at www.epa.gov/airnow/.
  • Get a flu shot every year.  Ask your doctor if you should have the pneumonia vaccine.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid being around others with colds and the flu.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and maintain your ideal body weight.
  • Stay active and ask about exercises that will help you to get stronger and breathe easier..

Being diagnosed with COPD may mean changing a few things in your lifestyle so you can live a healthier and active life. It’s best if you talk to your doctor and follow the plan he/she outlines for you. Although the cure for COPD hasn’t been found yet, there are many things you can do to help slow the progression of your COPD.

Below you’ll find information about some of the challenges and changes many COPDers face. But before beginning a new treatment option, remember to talk to your doctor.

Air Quality in Your Home: It Matters

The air you breathe can have a profound impact on your health, and indoor air can sometimes be more polluted than outdoor air. Since most people spend the majority of their time indoors, the quality of your indoor air is vital to your well-being. There are a variety of actions you can take to improve the quality of the air that you breathe in your home.

The three major threats in a home, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, are allergens, irritants, and dangerous chemicals. Allergens can cause a response from your immune system and they come from pollen, dust mites, and pets. Irritants won’t necessarily cause your immune system to react but can include volatile organic compounds that can make breathing more difficult. Common indoor air irritants include chemicals used in the painting, finishing, or staining of new furniture. Polyurethanes in paints, strong pesticides, tobacco smoke, and chemicals in cleaning products are irritants as well. Sometimes these chemicals have odors that you can detect but sometimes they don’t. Smells coming from new pieces of furniture are often representative of chemicals that are irritating your lungs. Dangerous chemicals include carbon monoxide and radon; though they’re less common, they are still very harmful.

Take steps to purify the air in your home. You can start by talking to your doctor; you may be surprised at their willingness to talk about air quality. You can also:

  • Ventilate your home by opening windows and running exhaust fans,
  • Prevent smoking in your home,
  • Remove clutter (because clutter collects dust!),
  • Minimize dust mites by washing your bed linens weekly, lowering the humidity level, and keeping your pets off your furniture,
  • Keep your floors and carpets clean,
  • Install an air filtration system, and
  • Reduce your exposure to household chemicals such as paints, varnishes, and cleaning products.
  • Visit the Clean Air tab on our website for more tips on how to improve the air quality of your home.

Taking Medicines… Strictly

It is very important for you to follow your medication schedule precisely. This includes following the directions closely, refilling your prescriptions with time so you don’t run out, and seeing your doctor at your regularly scheduled appointment even if you feel fine.

Also talk to your doctor about taking immunizations for the flu and pneumonia. You can look into local pharmacies and grocery stores that may offer these shots for free during the seasons.