Better Breathers COPD Support Group to Meet Sept. 6 in Jonesboro

By Ben Boulden

The speaker will be Cynthia Abel, a certified Medicare counselor and a certified dementia practitioner with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center on Aging- Northeast in Jonesboro. Medicare open enrollment is Oct. 15 – Dec. 7.

The program is sponsored by the Center on Aging-Northeast of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and facilitated by Kindred at Home.

The Better Breathers Club is open to the public and 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.

The American Lung Association’s Better Breathers Club is 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. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term lung disease that makes it hard to breathe.

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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