Free COPD workshop on July 14

Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will present a workshop called COPD: Learn More, Breathe Better on Monday, July 14, at the Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road in Norwalk, at 10:30 a.m.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 24 million people nationwide have COPD but as many as half do not realize it, according to the agency.

Also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, COPD develops slowly and worsens over time, causing many to dismiss the symptoms and delay seeking diagnosis and treatment until the disease is in its late stages.

“We often see symptoms of COPD, such as a chronic cough or shortness of breath, mistaken as a normal sign of aging or being out of shape,” said Melody Matheny-Orpen, a registered nurse who is the community health coordinator with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. She will conduct the workshop.

“We want to raise awareness about COPD, educate people about its signs and symptoms, and encourage those who may be at risk to visit their health care provider.”

The COPD workshop is free-of-charge and open to the public. For more information, or to register to attend, call the Norwalk Senior Center at 203-847-3115.