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Optimizing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Care in Older Adults

Laura Feemster, MD, MS

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine


Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Core Investigator

VA Puget Sound

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Identify management strategies for dyspnea that are evidence-based and have the potential to improve outcomes and quality of life for older patients with COPD.
  • Review inhaled medications used to treat COPD, with particular attention to common barriers to adherence and potential adverse effects among older patients.
  • Discuss the potential impact of specific treatments, including pulmonary rehabilitation and oxygen therapy, on mobility among older patients with COPD.

[From the Winter 2022 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series]