Respiratory Rally Planned for People with Chronic Lung Disease

Did you know that May marks not only Older Americans Month but Asthma Awareness Month as well? Sadly, asthma can get worse as we age, due to a variety of factors. Reduction in physical activity that exercises the lungs, weight gain, and smoking will exacerbate the illness.

To get crucial lung health education out to local seniors, the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific is hosting a free education event for people with chronic lung diseases like asthma, COPD (including chronic bronchitis and emphysema), lung cancer, pulmonary arterial hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis and more.

This event will feature renowned lung health medical professionals from the Seattle area who educate patients about their lung health and empower them to live as full a life as possible with chronic lung disease. Topics include traveling with lung disease, optimal nutrition for lung health, COPD research, effective gentle exercises, and patient stories. Participants are encouraged to bring their adult children and caregivers, as a "Lung Health 101" presentation will provide an expert look at the lung health conditions you live with each day.

The Respiratory Rally takes place Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Aljoya Thornton Place (450 NE 100th Street, Seattle). To reduce barriers in attending, the Respiratory Rally is free and includes lunch and valet parking. Oxygen is available.

As space is limited, registration is appreciated—visit www.respiratoryrally.com and click on the Seattle option. Walk-in registration will be available as space permits. Participants can leave early. Those arriving late should pre-register to save a spot. For more information, contact Allison Moroni (amoroni@alaw.org or 206-512-3294).

Contributor Allison Moroni is the lung health manager for the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. She focuses on community outreach and education about lung disease and improving access to care and support for people living with lung diseases such as asthma, COPD and lung cancer. Her previous AgeWise articles include COPD Disparities Put Women in the Spotlight and Free Healthy Home Assessments for a Fresh Start to 2014.