Lung Disease in the Elderly

  • Caring for a Loved One with Lung Disease

    For seniors with lung disease, difficulty breathing is a common symptom that can affect energy levels and limit activities. Explore tips on how to help someone with respiratory problems improve their sleep quality, nutrition and overall health.

  • A Primer on Oxygen Therapy for Seniors

    Some diseases and age-related health conditions can reduce lung function and require a senior to use supplemental oxygen. Learn how to pay for oxygen therapy, ensure your loved one is using the right equipment and follow safety precautions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Caring for a Senior With Edema

    Seniors are at a higher risk of developing edema, swelling due to fluid retention. Family caregivers should learn the symptoms and causes of edema in elderly individuals to prevent serious complications, some of which can be life-threatening.

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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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  • Sepsis: The Common Cause of Death You've Never Heard Of

    Septic shock can develop from common infections and become life-threatening very quickly. Make sure you know the signs of infection and the symptoms of sepsis so you can seek treatment without delay.

  • How to Help a Senior Safely Manage Allergy Season

    Allergies are common for people of all ages, but they can have a greater impact on the elderly. Explore tips for managing seasonal allergies along with recommendations for safe antihistamines to add to a senior's medication regimen.

  • 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.

  • Why Are Older Adults More Susceptible to Pneumonia?

    Adults over age 65 are at a much higher risk of developing and possibly dying from pneumonia. Learn what factors can contribute to this risk and how you can protect your loved one.

  • 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.

  • 3 Breathing Exercises to Increase Oxygen Levels and Fight Stress

    Deep breathing exercises are a simple, drug-free way for seniors and family caregivers to reduce stress and anxiety and improve their respiratory health. Practicing these techniques for a few minutes daily can help your lungs function more efficiently.

  • 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 happen without us even being aware of it?

  • How Does a Ventilator Work?

    Also known as breathing machines, ventilators are often used in hospitals as life support for patients who have difficulty breathing or who have lost all ability to breathe on their own.

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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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