Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD is an umbrella term used to describle progressive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and non-reversible asthma. People with COPD suffer with continued and increasing breathlessness. The symptoms of COPD are sometimes difficult to notice because they can be mistaken for the common cold or normal aging. COPD affects an estimated 30 million people in the United States and over half of them are unaware of their condition. Taking note of your symptoms and asking your doctor to screen you can help you avoid losing major function in your lungs.

Symptoms of COPD:

  • Increased Breathlessness
  • Frequent Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest Tightness
  • Increased Mucus
  • Dizziness Upon Waking
  • Swollen Ankles
  • Frequent Respiratory Infections
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Fatigue or Inability to Exercise

COPD leads to the decline of pulmonary function and can lower your quality of life. Genetics and exposure to work/environmental pollutants can cause COPD, but the primary cause is smoking. Smoking and second-hand smoke account for 90% of COPD cases. Quitting smoking is extremely important to slow the progression of COPD. Slowing the progression of the disease can also be done through changing the air quality in your home and work environment.

Exercise and rehabilitation are great weapons in the war on COPD. Too often, patients with COPD avoid exercise because of their shortness of breath. Without exercise and improving endurance, the shortness of breath will only worsen. Physical therapists can help COPD patients exercise in a safe and secure environment. Physical and occupational therapy can improve your ability to exercise, your strength and endurance, and help you conserve energy doing daily tasks. Therapists can also help reduce difficulty in breathing by providing helpful breathing exercises. Talk to your doctor today about the benefits of both physical and occupational therapy to slow the progression of COPD!


Sources: COPD Foundation

Start Your Trick-or-Treating Fun a Bit Early

Byron Health Center will host a Trunk-O-Treat Event in the Friendship Corner courtyard and parking lot, on Thursday, October 26th from 5:00–7:00 p.m.  Byron Health Center is located at the corner of Carroll and Lima Roads, 12101 Lima Rd in Fort Wayne, IN.

What can be better than cars and candy bars?  Byron Health Center staff and family along with special guests, the Fort Wayne Corvette Club and the Eel River Elementary school PTA, are expected to bring trick-or-treaters out a bit early to enjoy some pre-Halloween Trunk-O-Treat fun among parked cars with decorated trunks and plenty of candy.  Members of the community are also invited to join in on the family-friendly Trunk-O-Treat presented by HTS Healthcare Therapy Services event.  Byron Health Center residents will also come out and help pass out the candy.  There will be a fire roaring in the fire pit.  You can also warm up in the Eakin Family Room with some hot chocolate and catch a spooky movie on the big screen TV.  The Wyss Farm Enterprises straw bale maze will also provide fun and frolic for area children.  This will be a fun-filled fall evening for all!  The event will be held rain or shine and is FREE of charge.

Several local mascots, including the Fort Wayne Derby Girl’s Mean Jean, the Fort Wayne TinCaps’ Johnny TinCap, Crazy Pinz’s Stryker the Parrot, the Fort Wayne Mad Ant, Indiana Tech’s Maximus & the Indiana Tech Cheerleaders, the Three Rivers Festival’s Admiral Andy, IPFW’s Don the Mastodon and the Fort Wayne Fire Department’s Spotz and are expected to attend the event along with the Huntertown Fire Department.  Several area car clubs have also been invited to attend the event.  Candy for the Trunk-O-Treat presented by HTS is being generously provided in part by several Byron Health Center friends and partners, including Goodwill and MKM architecture + design, as well as members of the Byron Health Center staff.  As always … donations of Halloween candy are appreciated.  Current sponsors include HTS, Indiana Tech and ProStrip Professional Metal Refinishing.

Byron Health Center provides compassionate long-term care for adults with complex needs including physical, mental, emotional and neurological services.  Each resident is recognized as an individual who seeks and deserves to reach his or her optimal potential.  Byron Health Center and Miller’s Place continue a tradition of over 160 years of serving the long-term health care needs of Indiana residents.  Byron Health Center is licensed to provide intermediate and skilled nursing care while Miller’s Place provides assisted living services to individuals who are more independent and are able to live in a residential setting.