Better Breathers COPD Support Group to Meet April 5 in Jonesboro

By Ben Boulden

Sifford will be speaking on symptom management with springtime allergies. The program is presented by the Center on Aging-Northeast of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Pulmonary and Kindred at Home.

The Better Breathers Club meets the first Friday of every month from 11 a.m.-noon at Nettleton Baptist Church. For more information or to register, call 870-207-7595.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease with a chronic obstruction of lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing and cannot be fully reversed.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with COPD or another chronic lung disease should consider participating in the American Lung Association’s Better Breathers Club. The Meetings are led by a registered nurse and respiratory therapist and provide ways to better manage lung disease while getting the support of others with similar experiences.

The Center on Aging-Northeast is part of the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. Program support is also provided by St. Bernards Healthcare.

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