What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. In those who have COPD, the airways, or tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs are partly blocked, making it difficult to breathe.
What causes COPD?
COPD is serious, yet many don’t know they have it. Start the conversation with older adults in your life about why it is important to get screened for COPD.
Step 1: Learn about COPD.
The more you know, the better for you and your loved ones. People who have COPD cough frequently, or constantly. Some call this a “smoker’s cough. Wheeze and/or feel like they can’t breathe.
Step 2: Post a photo with hashtag #KIDS4COPD.
Challenge four other families to start the conversation with older adults in their lives by tagging them in your post.
Step 3: Talk to your family.
Here is a conversation prompt to help you talk to your loved ones: "I took a challenge to talk to four people I care about COPD screening. I care about you, and so I want you to know what I learned."