Patient & Family care

What do we do
  • EFA conducts education campaigns to increase awareness about emphysema and COPD, and to encourage those who may have symptoms to get tested.
  • At EFA, we want you to know you are not alone when dealing with Emphysema and COPD. Share your thoughts and check in and comment on our social media accounts, as well.
  • Interested in helping EFA raise awareness for Emphysema and COPD, visit our Volunteer section and learn more on how you can join in and help!
How we do it

STRIVE™ – COPD Awareness and Education program. STRIVE™ program provides pulmonary support groups among healthcare organizations that primarily serve patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic lung diseases.

STRIVE™’s goal is to deliver high-quality assistance to those suffering from COPD and other chronic lung diseases by providing participants an opportunity to learn more about health, acquire management skills, and social support by encouraging the use of group discussions with an emphasis on self-efficacy.
Each module contains topics specific to empower support group members and caregivers to modify their lifestyle behaviors. Such as improving their diet, increasing physical activity, enhancing interpersonal relationships through social networking, and increasing awareness of personal COPD risk status. STRIVE™ is an educational behavior change intervention that consists of six group sessions led by trained facilitators.
Adult Lung Health

Individuals diagnosed with COPD often need support from not only health professionals, but also peers and others diagnosed with COPD. EFA sponsors educational workshops designed to encourage COPD-diagnosed individuals and their families/caregivers to share challenges and discover new ways to have a better quality of life living with the disease. This is a patient-centered approach to managing COPD.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is a leading factor in the development of emphysema and COPD. EFA seeks to educate smokers about the need to quit and the ways in which they can do so.

Reducing Risk
  • In order to reduce your risk from COPD, it is recommended to avoid inhaling tobacco smoke, limit exposure to outdoor air pollution, use air cleaners/purifiers to reduce home and workplace air pollutant, and avoid respiratory infections.
  • Early detection of COPD can change the progress of the disease. If you suffer from difficulty breathing and/or have a persistent cough, you should see a doctor and seek a lung function test.
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Treatments
  • Currently there is no cure for COPD, but there are ways to relieve symptoms and keep the disease from getting worse. Treatments for COPD can reduce the severity of symptoms, decrease the frequency and severity of exacerbations, and increase tolerance to exercise.
  • Medications – Symptoms such as coughing or wheezing can be treated with medication.
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Pulmonary rehabilitation is an individualized treatment program that teaches COPD patients strategies to improve their quality of life. The rehabilitation may include:
    • Exercises to increase lung capacity
    • Nutritional counseling
    • Breathing strategies
    • Energy conserving techniques
    • Education on your lung disease or condition and how to manage it
    • Psychological counseling
Mobile tool that can help you track your COPD Status

Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in helping the Emphysema Foundation of America. Please provide us with some information below so that we can contact you later about specific volunteer opportunities.