Webinar for Home Caregivers: Understanding COPD in Older Adults

March 2, 2015
Smoking is strongly associated with COPD.

Smoking is strongly associated with COPD.

Many home caregivers have heard about COPD, and quite care for loved ones who suffer from this disorder. On March 4, 2015, Home Instead Senior Care’s continuing Family Caregiver Support series will present an informative and educational webinar on this subject.

What is COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a condition which affects a person’s ability to breathe; as the name implies, it is a condition which tends to worsen over time.  It is characterized by sometimes violent and lengthy coughing, as well as wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.

COPD is strongly associated with tobacco use; most people who develop COPS are heavy smokers or have smoked at some time in their lives; however, there can be other causes of or contributing factors to COPD, including air pollution, dust, and fumes. This condition is the third leading cause of death in the United States, as it worsens, it can have a profound effect on one’s ability to perform even simple activities, such as walking.

The webinar

Entitled “Understanding COPD in Older Adults,” the webinar begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern).  The monthly Family Caregiver Support series explores topics that are of special interest to home caregivers and the seniors for whom they care. The webinar will present information that can help home caregivers better understand and manage this disorder.

Home caregivers who participate in the March 4 webinar will discover how to:

  • Recognize the common symptoms of COPD
  • Understand possible complications of COPD
  • Support loved ones with COPD

The speaker

Molly Carpenter, an author, speaker, trainer, and family caregiver who brings years of personal and professional elder care experience and training to the subject, will lead the “Understanding COPD in Older Adults” webinar. Ms. Carpenter holds a bachelor of science degree in family science with a gerontology specialization and a master’s degree in education with a gerontology specialization.

For more information about the March 4 “Understanding COPD in Older Adults” webinar, click here.   To register for the webinar, click here.

The Family Caregiver Support Series will continue on April 8 with a session on “Solving Communication Issues Within Families.”


Writer, Craig Butler

Craig Butler has been writing on a wide range of topics for more than fifteen years. As the National Communications Director for the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, Craig regularly writes on a range of health and medical topics. Among the many projects he has written for the Foundation is the Cooley's Anemia Storybook, a collection of original short stories for children with the blood disorder Cooley's Anemia. His freelance work has ranged from reviewing moves and CDs to creating entertainment-related stories about baldness, to creating text for comic strips. Craig looks forward to having a dialogue with you about senior care and issues of concern.

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