COPD affects the airways and air sacs within the lungs, which makes breathing difficult and can result in a person becoming less active over time. An elderly person who has COPD will easily become depressed, when dealing not only with breathing difficulties but other age related problems.
The most common types of daily COPD medicines are:
- Inhaler for daily maintenance - Bronchodilators help relax the muscles around the lungs' breathing tubes. This reduces shortness of breath and makes breathing easier.
- Steroids - Corticosteroids, taken in pill form or inhaler reduce swelling in breathing tubes to quickly make breathing easier. Not commonly for prolong use.
- Oxygen Treatment - Severe COPD will reduce your lungs' ability to put oxygen into your blood to be carried throughout your body. Martin's oxygen level was measured to determine if he would need prescribed oxygen therapy. Oxygen is usually prescribed if the oxygen in the blood is low during sleep, exercise, or while not active. A respiratory therapist from an oxygen supply company or home health service can help with learning how to use oxygen.
- An important factor in depression and COPD management can be diet.
- "A healthy diet can play an important role in the management and treatment of COPD.
Finding the right diet can be tricky for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), since they need to eat a healthy diet and maintain their optimal weight to keep COPD symptoms in check." )Krisha McCoy, MS, Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH) Read more about it from the National Care Planning Council