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How can I help my dad who has COPD?

He smoked for almost 30 years but hasn't touched a cigarette in the last 20 years. Last year he was diagnosed with COPD, the medications help some but he still has a hard time breathing. He was very active but now he can't walk up a hill without needing to use his rescue inhaler. It just seems so unfair that he quit smoking so long ago but has COPD all of a sudden. How can I make daily life easier and more enjoyable for him since he can no longer go hiking, boating, fishing, anything that he used to enjoy.
Status: Open    Jun 01, 2015 - 05:50 PM

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Jul 16, 2015 - 01:02 PM

Have you asked him what would be most helpful? Would a cleaning lady, meals on wheels or such ancillary services help take some of the exertion off leaving him with more energy (and breath) to try and do the things he enjoys in small doses? What about looking into the RSVP program? http://www.seniorcorps.org/ This program helps connect able body seniors with volunteer opportunities in their area. It is also a chance for him to learn a new skill and meet some other folks, encouraging a social aspect may help him develop new passions.
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