Lung Disease in the Elderly Articles

  • Caring for a Loved One with Lung Disease

    COPD, emphysema, bronchitis and other types of lung disease can seriously limit a senior's functional abilities. Explore tips tp help a loved one with lung disease improve their sleep quality, nutrition, and overall health.

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  • Oxygen Therapy 101

    A number of diseases and senior health conditions can lead to the use of oxygen therapy. Understand how to get and pay for supplemental oxygen, ensure you are using the right equipment and observe necessary safety precautions.

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  • Treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Current treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) cannot repair the damage to the lungs. However, they can slow further damage and improve COPD symptoms.

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  • An Overview of COPD

    Also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Learn the signs, symptoms and treatments for COPD.

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  • Caring for a Senior with Edema

    Edema is a common symptom of heart, liver and kidney diseases. For many seniors this excess fluid retention is a serious problem. Know the signs of edema and what medical and lifestyle options can minimize swelling and discomfort.

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  • Chronic Health Conditions and the Flu: A Deadly Combination

    For elderly people, influenza can lead to serious complications like pneumonia, exacerbate existing chronic medical conditions and even cause death. Vaccinations are a senior’s best defense against the flu and related complications.

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  • Fingernails: 5 Signs That Point to Senior Health Problems

    The condition of a senior’s fingernails can indicate the presence of medical issues like heart disease, thyroid issues and malnutrition, which can be especially serious in elderly individuals.

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  • An Overview of the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Bronchitis

    Wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain are symptoms of a lung disease that can either be a passing illness or a more serious chronic condition.

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  • What You Don't Know Can Hurt You When it Comes to COPD

    A new survey shows that COPD sufferers need more information to effectively manage their condition. Experts weigh in on what caregivers and patients need to know.

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  • Every Breath You Take: How Breathing Works

    Without breath, there is no life. How does this seemingly simple act that happens without us even being aware of it, keep us alive?

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  • How do Ventilators Work?

    Ventilators are machines that help people breathe easier - but are they dangerous?

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  • Lung Function Tests for Breathing Problems

    Lung function tests are used to look for the cause of breathing problems.

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