World COPD Day
World COPD Day is organised by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) together with health care professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world. Its aim is to raise awareness about COPD and improve COPD care throughout the world. Each year organisers in more than 50 countries carry out activities making the day one of the worlds most important COPD awareness and education events. You can find out more about GOLD here: https://goldcopd.org/world-copd-day/
This year, World COPD Day is Wednesday 21st November.
Up and down the country, to help mark the day and with the help of The British Lung Foundation, Breathe Easy group members will share their experiences of living with COPD in local press, on Twitter and Facebook. They’ll talk about their symptoms, and help to promote the British Lung Foundations online breath test and COPD patient passport.
There’s increasing evidence that singing regularly as part of group, can help physically, psychologically and socially. Now the government has recognised this and will invest nearly £4.5m in programmes to refer patients to local voluntary and community services such as walking clubs, dance classes, gardening, arts activities or books and reading well. There will also be money for community projects such as creating new community cafés, art spaces or gardens. This is known as Social Prescribing. There has never been a better time to get involved with groups such as the Wigan & Leigh Warblers.