American Lung Association Better Breathers Clubs are regularly scheduled, in-person support groups for individuals with chronic lung disease such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer, their family and caregivers. Learn ways to better cope with your diagnosis while getting the support of others in similar situations. These support groups give you the tools you need to live your best quality of life.

Led by an American Lung Association trained facilitator, Better Breathers Clubs feature educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics, including: 

  • How COPD affects the lungs
  • Breathing techniques 
  • Exercise and healthy eating
  • Medications and other treatment options
  •  Medical tests and procedures
  • Supplemental oxygen
  •  Navigating the healthcare system
  • Community resources 

Member Quotes

In person Better Breathers Clubs have helped thousands of people learn how to better manage their lung disease and find support.   It feels good to talk with others who understand what you are going through and can offer support and encouragement along the way.

"I feel that being involved with the pulmonary fitness center & Better Breathers I am not as fearful about my condition because I am being educated on how to care for myself and they are there to help me."
"Better Breathers has helped me stay focused on the problem and how to deal with it for a better quality of life."
"It is a wonderful way to ask questions about COPD that you don't get to do elsewhere. They have a place where you can interact with others to ask questions. It makes you feel you are not alone in having a breathing problem. It is a friendly environment and open to suggestions for speakers. Great club."
"Better Breathers Club provides a support group for people dealing with lung disease. Members can share their experiences which may help another member gain more understanding of what is happening to them or identify issues to discuss with their doctors. It's always helpful and powerful to share information."
"Empowering the members to become better self-managers of their pulmonary disease."

Page last updated: January 26, 2021

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