Lung Disease in the Elderly Articles

  • Caring for a Senior with Edema

    For many seniors excess fluid retention is a serious problem. Know the signs of edema and what medical and lifestyle options can minimize swelling and discomfort.

  • Caring for a Loved One with Lung Disease

    COPD, emphysema, bronchitis and other types of lung disease can seriously limit a sufferer's functional abilities. These various tips can help a loved one with lung disease improve their sleep quality, nutrition, and physical activity. These things can compound to improve their lung function, slow the progression of the disease and enhance their independence.

  • Oxygen Therapy 101

    A number of diseases and conditions can lead to the use of oxygen therapy. This can interfere with a person's activity levels and even cause depression. It is important to know what kind of equipment is available and what can work best for your loved one.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • How do Ventilators Work?

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

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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.

  • Treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is treatable and many different techniques are used for this lung disease.

  • Lung Function Tests for Breathing Problems

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

  • 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.

  • 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.