Tea dance marks World COPD Day

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​​Forfar Airways, a peer group which supports people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in the Forfar area, marked World COPD Day with a tea dance.

The event was well attended by members of Forfar Airways and the partner groups in Stracathro Hospital and Arbroath Infirmary, as well as friends and family.

It took place in the Royal British Legion Forfar and was one of a number of events held internationally to raise awareness of COPD and promote the many proven benefits of exercise for those living with the condition.

Angus HSCP lead nurse Maureen Fagan said, “We are very fortunate to have so many  people in our local peer support groups who are passionate about improving outcomes for people affected by COPD, not only in Angus, but nationally.

“The tea dance is a great way to demonstrate that people living with COPD can remain active and we are delighted to see how well attended the event was. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

“The services available to support people living with COPD in Angus have been commended for many years both nationally and more importantly by our local population.  For anyone living with a diagnosis of COPD which affects their day-to-day activities, we highly recommend attendance at locally-delivered pulmonary rehabilitation programmes, which your GP or practice nurse can refer you to.”

1.2 million people live in the UK with COPD, which describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because the airways have become narrowed.

World COPD Day is held annually to raise awareness and provide information to those affected by the condition. Whilst a progressive condition that can be very debilitating, there is much that can be done to improve symptom management through an early diagnosis, medical management through medicines and attendance at pulmonary rehabilitation and active self- management.