Who are the Better Breathers?
When do the Better Breathers meet?
Club history and directives
Videos, pamplets and educational materials
Contacting the Club
Other Breathers' Clubs in British Columbia
Related WWW Links
Glossary of Terms and Health Information
The Better Breathers' Club was formed in 1985 by people with Chronic Obstructive Pulminary Diseases (COPD) to assist each other by means of education, mutual encouragement and fellowship.
The Better Breathers' Club of Victoria meet on the third Wednesday of the month, except July and August, at 1:30pm. There is a $2.00 one time cost to join
Meetings are held at:
Saanich Silver ThreadsEach meeting consists of:
286 Hampton Road ---> (near the corner of Burnside and Tillicum Road)
Victoria, British Columbia
Exercises (1:30pm - 2:00pm)
Speaker/Program (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
Refreshments (3pm - )
Everyone is welcome. We offer friendship and encouragement to all who have lung diseases.
For more information, contact Grace Fisher at (250) 388-9569
Our newsletter, the Better Breathers' Life Line, is 4 to 6 pages of news, notices of upcoming events and educational articles on topics of importance to patients with COPD.
Life Line is distributed at club meetings and at Victoria area hospitals.
In 1985, a number of patients with COPD, all of whom were 'graduates' of the Respiratory Rehabilitation Course at the Victoria General Hospital, Repiratory Therapist Dabney Allingham and Lael Popham of the B.C. Lung Association formed a group which would give COPD patients on-going education, mutual assistance and fellowship.
Our major projects in the last ten years include:
- Two major health product displays open to the public
- An 'Oxygen Workshop' for those people who are oxygen-dependant
- Publishing a resource guide for people with COPD
- Preparing a video of 'Warm Up Exercises' for patients with COPD
- Several displays at health fairs in the community
- Preparing a video titled 'Better Breathers Talk about Lung Health' for patients with COPD
- Publishing an information brochure containing 13 inserts of subjects relating to health care of patients with lung disease
The Better Breathers' Club of Victoria depends on donations at the monthly meetings to pay the nominal club expenses.
To order a video or an information pamphlet, contact Grace Fisher at (250) 388-9569
These educational materials are presented in the memory of several special friends of the Better Breathers, with generous assistance from Health & Welfare, Canada's New Horizons Program.
Outside of Victoria, phone: (800) 665-5864
Phone: (250) 595-8700 Fax:(250) 744-2821
Better Breathers' Club of Victoria
c/o Saanich Silver Threads, 286 Hampton Rd.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
For club information, phone: Grace Fisher at (250) 388-9569
By email, contact: Barbara Bjerring (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For information about the Better Breathers' Clubs in British Columbia, phone the British Columbia Lung Association at (800) 665-5864.
Examples of allergens:
Triggers may include:
Exercise - the more muscles you use, the greater the benefit. Exercise will help with the emptying of air from the lung. Exercises such as knee raising, arm raising, pelvic tilt, head and shoulder raising, forward bending and trunk turning are all very helpful.
Walking - one of the most useful and enjoyable ways to strengthen the body. Start with a short daily walk with hands in your pockets, your shoulders back and chest relaxed. Exhale through pursed lips. Breathe out for twice as long as you breathe in. F ind an easy, even speed and try to walk a little further each day. Include rest stops if necessary
Swimming - one of the best aerobic exercises for asthmatics because air inhaledjust above the water line is humid and does not cause exercise-induced asthma. For those allergic to chlorine, there are soom pools available that use ozone rather than chlori ne to cleanse the water
1. Remove the white cap by unscrewing and lifting.
2. Twist grip to the right as far as it will go, then to the left until it clicks. (To load, hold the inhaler UPRIGHT by the body, not by the mouthpiece).
3. After breathing out gently, place mouthpiece between your lips and breathe in forcefully. (Do NOT breathe out through the inhaler). Remover the Turbuhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for ten seconds.
4. If you are to take a second dose, repeat steps 2 and 3.
5. Replace the cap. This protects the contents from moisture.
IMPORTANT: Because the Turbuhaler produces a powder which is very fine, you may not experience any taste or feel the medication as you inhale. If you have followed the loading instructions, you can be confident that you received the correct dose.
1. Remove the cap and hold the puffer with the canister up.
2. Shake the inhaler.
3. Lean your head back a little and breathe out.
4. Place the inhaler's short end inside the round opening of the spacer
5. Put the other end of the spacer inside your mouth. Close your lips around it.
6. Press down on the puffer to release the medicine
7. Breathe in slowly for 3 to 5 seconds, then hold your breath for 10 seconds to allow the medicine to reach deeply into your lungs.
8. Repeat puffs as directed. Wait 1 minute between puffs - this lets the second puff go deeper into the lungs.
9. If you have more than one inhaler, use the 'reliever' first and the 'controller' second.
1. Sit down in a chair and lean forward
2. Take a slow, deep breath
3. Hold that breath for two seconds
4. Cough once to loosen the mucus
5. Cough again to move the mucus out. Repeat as necessary
REMEMBER: A drink of water or hot tea can be helpful
Not every time is the time to cough.
We're not recommending that you put it off.
Cough when the mucus is there.
This is not the time to despair.
Plan your cough 'cause when you do
You'll control it, it won't control you
1. Inhale through your nose (Count 1... 2...)
2. Purse your lips as though you are going to whistle
3. Exhale through pursed lips (Count 1... 2... 3... 4...)
1. Lie down confortably
2. Place right hand on center of stomach, left hand on upper chest
3. Inhale (1... 2...) Feel the area push out under your right hand as your diaphram moves down
4. Purse your lips and exhale (1... 2... 3... 4...). With your right hand, feel the stomach muscles draw inward. The left hand over the upper chest should feel the least movement
This position is helpful during times of panic and breathing distress. Take your medication first if prescribed by your doctor.
1. Sit down in an armless chair with your feet flat on the floor
2. Lean forward and place elbows on knees
3. Rest chin in palm of hand
4. Begin diaphramic breathing and pursed lip breathing to keep control of the panic caused by shortness of breath. Practice these ways of breathing.