Community Grants at Work
Langley City, BC – The Langley Better Breathers’ Support group received a community grant from Langley City Council to purchase an oxygen concentrator for the weight room at Timms Community Centre to assist people who suffer from Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or a variety of other respiratory diseases.
Exercise and socialization are a significant factor in improving the overall well-being and quality of life for any individual. Unfortunately, many people who rely on supplementary oxygen are reluctant to leave their homes for fear of running out of oxygen, and potentially run the risk of becoming isolated and confined to their residence as a result. People who rely on supplemental oxygen will now be able to exercise using the cardio equipment at Timms Community Centre without being fearful of depleting their oxygen supply since they do not have to use their own (very limited in capacity) personal oxygen tanks.
“Langley City is very excited to be one of the first community centres in the lower mainland to offer this service,” said Christine Daum, Recreation Supervisor at Timms Community Centre. “The benefits of exercise and socialization for those with chronic respiratory disease cannot be underestimated. The partnership between local government and health practioners shows how the quality of life in our community can improve when we work together.”
The Langley Better Breathers Support Group has been working closely with Langley City recreation staff and the Lower Mainland Fraser Health Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit for many years to support those living with chronic respiratory diseases. Participants learn to exercise under the direct supervision of health care professionals at Timms Community Centre and this program prepares them for continuing an active lifestyle outside of the Respiratory Rehabilitation program.
“The goal of the Respiratory Rehabilitation program is to provide participants with the tools for self-management to optimize respiratory health and improve quality of life. Removing barriers that prevent people from being active such as learning how to control shortness of breath, allows a person to regain control of their life and improve their own health. Having an oxygen concentrator at the Timms Community Centre removes a very large barrier for those people on supplemental oxygen,” explained Connie Goeres, Respiratory Rehabilitation Program, Langley Memorial Hospital.
The Langley Better Breathers Support Group has been hosting their monthly meetings every second Wednesday at 12:30 pm at the Timms Community Centre since 2004. These meetings include guest speakers, support, and education for those living with COPD and other chronic lung disease. In addition to the monthly meetings, many of the Langley Better Breathers have formed a workout club. Meeting faithfully Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 8:30 am and 11:00 am in the Timms Community Centre weight room, this group (up to 20 strong) provides encouragement and support for each other to stay active and take control of the quality of their lives using exercise as a common bond. The Langley Better Breathers is a non-profit organization and invite anyone wanting to know more about their organization needing information regarding upcoming meetings and/or support about living with COPD, contact Ken at 604-534-2632, Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wendell at email@example.com.
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