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How to Deal With the Winter Blues and Respiratory Problems During the Pandemic

Dec 23, 2021 2:18:54 PM / by Ana Eyssimont posted in Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks, portable oxygen concentrator, wellness goals, COPD management, Mental heath, covid-19

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Happy Winter Solstice! But for many it is not a “happy” time of year. The winter blues, winter funk, or seasonal affective disorder— Doesn’t matter what you call it, it can be debilitating.

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What to do When You're Burnt Out on Your COPD Treatment Plan

Sep 2, 2021 4:02:35 PM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks, diet, portable oxygen concentrator, oxygen therapy, sleep apnea, wellness goals, exercise, COPD education, COPD management, wellness for seniors, Mental heath, Sleeping And Chronic Illness

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We’ve all experienced what it’s like to be burnt out on something. Whether it’s your job, chores, or health routine, it’s not always easy to find a way to stay on track to meet your goals. What complicates this even further is that everyone experiences this for a different reason. For some people, it’s just a matter of learning how to stick to a routine, but for others, it could be a lack of mental or physical energy that’s holding them back.

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Why Activities of Daily Living are Easier with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Jul 14, 2021 2:27:24 PM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks, portable oxygen concentrator, G5 oxygen concentrators, oxygen therapy, wellness goals, COPD management, Inogen One G5, Caire Freestyle Comfort, Mental heath, pulse flow portable oxygen concentrators, Travel

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Activities of daily living (ADL) is a term that was first coined by Sidney Katz in 1950. Essentially, it refers to the basic functions that an individual must perform on a daily basis in order to be considered self-sufficient. By better understanding the level of independence of patients with debilitating illnesses like COPD, osteoporosis, or Alzheimer’s Disease, medical professionals are able to make better decisions for their patient’s well-being such as recommending medical equipment or an assisted living facility. Activities of daily living are generally divided into five distinct categories:

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How to Boost Your Energy Levels Naturally if You Have COPD

Jun 21, 2021 4:44:05 PM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks, G5 oxygen concentrators, oxygen therapy, exercise, COPD education, COPD management, wellness for seniors, Inogen, Caire Freestyle Comfort, Mental heath, Sleeping And Chronic Illness

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There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning to symptoms like fatigue, stiffness, chest pain, or grogginess. However, this is a reality that many Americans face, especially those with pulmonary illnesses like COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, and asthma. According to Dispatch Health, fatigue is the second most common symptom of COPD behind dyspnea (shortness of breath). This study found that the amount of COPD patients with clinically significant fatigue is around 50%, in contrast to 10% in elderly people without COPD.

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How Positive Thinking Can Improve Outcomes for COPD Patients

Jun 14, 2021 3:24:40 PM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, portable oxygen concentrator, G5 oxygen concentrators, wellness goals, exercise, COPD education, COPD management, wellness for seniors, Mental heath

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When you think about your day as a whole, how much time do you spend thinking positive thoughts? What about negative thoughts? And have you ever wondered how these two different lines of thinking are affecting your well-being and your ability to cope with your lung disease? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an unbelievably complex disease. Like we’ve discussed in previous posts, it’s a “systemic disease’” meaning it can have manifestations in other areas of the body. So, we can’t even begin to imagine all of the ways it affects our physical and mental health. 

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COPD and Social Isolation: Why it Happens and How to Prevent it

May 18, 2021 2:48:04 PM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, Tips and Hacks, portable oxygen concentrator, G5 oxygen concentrators, wellness goals, COPD education, COPD management, Caire Freestyle Comfort, Mental heath

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Mental illness is a growing problem in the United States. According to Mental Health America (MHA), 1.5 million more Americans experienced mental health issues in 2017 than the previous year. What’s more, surveys from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate a sharp increase in self-reported behavioral health symptoms since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are many possible factors that are contributing to these issues, one of the lesser discussed factors is social isolation.

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Why You Should Think of COPD as a Systemic Disease and Not a Localized Issue

May 12, 2021 1:33:27 PM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, wellness goals, COPD education, COPD management, wellness for seniors, Mental heath

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The medical term “localized disease” refers to a condition that is confined to one organ or system of the body. For example, an ear infection is a localized disease because it typically only affects the “middle ear” just behind the eardrum. While ear infections can spread to other parts of the body, this is very uncommon. A “systemic disease”, on the other hand, is one that has systemic manifestations. For example, diabetes is a disease that affects the level of glucose in your blood. Since every organ in the body is reliant on this blood, diabetes can have many systemic effects ranging from cardiovascular disease to nerve damage.

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How to be Happy Throughout Your COPD Diagnosis

Apr 22, 2021 4:59:14 PM / by Ana Eyssimont posted in Medication and Treatment, Tips and Hacks, portable oxygen concentrator, wellness goals, COPD management, Mental heath

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Happiness, an emotional state of being that humans are innately attracted to. Happiness overall embodies positivity and satisfaction, yet it is a subjective well-being that makes an individual truly happy. This means that everyone's happiness is rooted in something unique to them, and their journey through life is fueled by their own desires, and while society can inflict its bias on everyone and sway people into believing there is only one way to be happy, in reality happiness is limitless.

 

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7 Things You Should Never Stop Improving if You Have COPD

Mar 30, 2021 11:12:36 AM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, diet, oxygen therapy, exercise, COPD education, COPD management, wellness for seniors, Mental heath

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Many people assume that the longer they live, the less capable they are of improving various aspects of their lives. For example, some people take for granted that you can’t learn a musical instrument as an adult. These people are often told throughout their lives by their parents or friends that if you want to learn something complex, you have to start when you’re younger. It’s also assumed that you’ll stop progressing very early on in your life.

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End-Stage COPD: How to Plan and What to Expect

Mar 19, 2021 11:32:46 AM / by Daniel Seter posted in COPD, Medication and Treatment, Respiratory Resource Center, Portable Oxygen, diet, portable oxygen concentrator, G5 oxygen concentrators, oxygen therapy, wellness goals, exercise, COPD education, COPD management, wellness for seniors, Respironics SimplyGo, Inogen One G5, Caire Freestyle Comfort, Mental heath, Continuous flow oxygen concentrator, pulse flow portable oxygen concentrators

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the diseases with the greatest financial burdens worldwide and within the United States. Studies have shown that the average annual COPD-related expenditure is around $4,147. And while 51% of these costs are covered by Medicare according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that still leaves roughly $2,000 a year that COPD patients need to spend out-of-pocket. Combine this with the cost of aging and limited retirement funds and it’s not hard to see why COPD is such a major financial burden for so many people.

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