Breathless......Not Helpless!  
PG COPD Support Group
Also known as the

Prince George SOB'S ( Short Of Breath )

A support group for people with chronic lung diseases.

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We are affiliated with the Better Breathers Clubs through the BC Lung Association
and we welcome anyone to our group with a lung condition who wants to learn more about it. Family and friends are also welcome.

Who We Are .

We are the SOB's of Prince George
( short of breath )
What makes us alike? It is our Breathing ..... generally difficult, congested, noisy and lacking oxygen.

We are a bit older, usually retired or on a disability pension, and are mostly ex-smokers.

We are at risk of being socially isolated and depressed.

For the most part, our lungs and hearts are overworked. Currently we like to meet at least once weekly for exercise. Some of our members are less fit and more distressed than others and it is difficult for them to exercise, because they are so de-conditioned.

We overcome our difficulties by working together. Our group is very outgoing and welcoming of new members.
Membership is Free.

Our goal is to help patients suffering with chronic lung diseases like chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma (known collectively as COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) to improve their lives through education, encouragement and fellowship.

 

What We Do

Our main functions are exercise, emotional support, and education. The exercises are done sitting in a chair or standing, as you wish. Before and after exercise each person records their blood pressure and oxygen level. Every one works at their own comfort level.

We also learn how to do everyday activities in a more efficient manner with breathing techniques.

Why We Do It

Lung disease affects our muscles and we lose tone and strength. We start to get more and more breathless with every little activity. That makes us want to quit and do nothing. Because we have so little muscle mass left, our legs and arms don't work efficiently and neither do our internal organs. Our hearts are simply over worked. It is beyond our capability to go to an exercise facility. Participating in that level of activity would start our hearts racing and we would be fighting for air. Regular exercise is mandatory to preserve our independence and functioning. Our exercises focus on strength, stretch and toning which is essential to maintain our stamina and endurance.

Please Join us!!

We meet every Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the AiMHi Association Building
950 Kerry Street, Prince George.
(formerly Lakewood Elementary School)
for exercise and discussions,
and look forward to meeting you.

Once a month we have a guest speaker on topics related to our needs.

Education and instruction for our exercise classes are given every week by a licensed physiotherapist.

During the months of July and August there will be no meetings, but for those who want to exercise,
you can meet at the Senior Community Park on Massey Drive between 1-3pm on Wednesdays.

Our Mission Statement.

The Mission statement of the PG COPD Support Group is to support programs which improve the
quality of life through education
and support for persons whose lives are impacted by respiratory health.

 

 

 

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To be Announced for 2015
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Spirometry


Spirometry (spi-ROM-uh-tree) is a common office test used to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and certain other conditions that affect breathing. Spirometry may also be used periodically to check how well your lungs are working once you're being treated for a chronic lung condition.

Spirometry measures how much air you can inhale and exhale. Spirometry also measures how fast you can exhale. Spirometry values below average indicate your lungs aren't working as well as they should.

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Living With COPD: A Life Change

COPD is a serious disease. People with COPD face physical challenges. They may also have worries and feelings that can make life difficult. If you or a loved one has COPD, there are steps to take to help cope with the lifestyle changes this disease brings. Knowing about COPD and its treatment can help you feel more in control.
Don't smoke. If you are a smoker, there are many ways to get help with quitting. Talk to your doctor about products and medicines that can help you to quit. Join a quit smoking class like Freedom from Smoking®. Ask your family and friends to support you and ask them to help you manage your COPD by not smoking in your home or anywhere around you.
Try to avoid dust and fumes and stay indoors on bad air days. Check daily air quality levels and air pollution forecasts in your area. Sources include local radio and TV weather reports, newspapers and online.
Get a flu shot every year. Ask your doctor if you should have the pneumonia vaccine.
Wash your hands often.
Avoid being around others with colds and the flu.
Eat a well-balanced diet and maintain your ideal body weight.
Stay active and ask about exercises that will help you to get stronger and breathe easier.

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COPD in the News and latest developments.
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COPD News: The latest COPD News articles published daily. Includes news on chronic bronchitis (inflammation in the larger airways) and emphysema (damage to the lung tissue). COPD is also referred to as chronic airflow limitation (CAL), chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD), chronic obstructive lung disease or chronic obstructive respiratory disease (CORD).

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This web site contains links to other web sites. Please be aware that the PG COPD Support Group is not responsible for the privacy practices of these other sites.

Privacy policy.

At the PG COPD Support Group, we are committed to respecting your privacy and protecting the personal information you may choose to send us.

We do not sell, barter, trade or give away your personal information to any third parties, unless authorized by you.

The information within this web site is intended as general information only. It is not intended as medical advice or recommendations of any sort.always consult with a physician whether it is for diagnosis, advice, or beginning an exercise program, medicines or treatment programs.

 

  Contact Information:


Brother. M: Ph.250-963-8669

Nancy. T: Ph.250-561-1393

 

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PG COPD Support Group

 

Meeting location:

1 pm to 3 pm

AiMHi Association
950 Kerry Street,
Prince George.
(Formerly Lakewood Elementary School)

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