County-wide COPD event in Arbroath

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World COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Day takes place on Wednesday, November 18 and is an International awareness day for people who have COPD - an umbrella term used to cover the respiratory conditions of Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema and Asthma.

The International theme is as has been in previous years, and is to let people be aware that ‘It’s not too late’; to see your doctor about your breathlessness and have a respiratory test, and that if you have COPD you can live an active life after your Doctor helps you breath better.

A local event has been organised by the four Angus COPD Support groups with the help of the Angus CHP Respiratory team for the people of Angus,and is to be held between 11.30 am and 3.30 pm in the Royal British Legion premises in Helen Street, Arbroath where the local theme is ‘My Lungs My Life’.

This is an on-line self-management tool created and launched by Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland for people with COPD, and Adult and Child Asthma.

Learn valuable information on how best to cope on a day-to-day basis with these conditions and enhance your quality of life along with other helpful advice from experienced health professionals.

The Arbroath event is open to anyone who has COPD or any other respiratory condition or to those who are experiencing breathlessness where they will meet experienced respiratory nurses who will offer professional advice.

Numerous stands will be on display within the premises where help and advice will be given on smoking cessation, activity and exercise, healthy eating, welfare, support groups and other valuable information. Light refreshments will also be on offer.

The event is to be opened with a sing-song by a group of people from the Forfar Airways COPD Support Group who find singing a valuable tool in maintaining their condition as well as giving them a feel good factor; they may be breathless but not helpless!

Learn that there is a life to be had with COPD.