Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the COPD Foundation Expand COPD Together Campaign to Empower Family Caregivers

November 05, 2014   |   
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MARLBOROUGH, MA - November 5, 2014 - Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sunovion) and the COPD Foundation today launched an expansion of the COPD Together campaign, which educates caregivers about recognizing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) progression and taking a more active role in the “shared care” team along with healthcare professionals. COPDTogether.com, an essential resource for caregivers and their loved ones, has also expanded with additional resources and an enhanced design.

“Caregivers are vital in managing a loved one’s health and wellbeing, and it’s important that we focus on their needs as they have a strong impact in the COPD care continuum,” said John W. Walsh, President and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “As we launch the next phase of COPD Together with Sunovion, we will continue to support and empower caregivers through education and the sharing of personal experiences as they embrace this meaningful role in their lives.”

Television actress and COPD advocate Loni Anderson also continues to support this personal cause and campaign, sharing first-hand insights and advice as a COPD caregiver on the new COPDTogether.com website. This website serves as a clearing house for much-needed COPD resources for caregivers seeking information. Additionally, caregivers will have access to the “My Diary” tool to chronicle daily symptoms and help their loved ones prepare for physicians visits, and the “COPD Care” app to assist with tracking a patient’s disease progression and serve as a starting point for discussion with healthcare providers.

“Serving as my parents’ COPD caregiver was one the most challenging roles I ever played, both physically and emotionally, but also one in which I learned the most about myself and what is important in life,” said Anderson. “I feel fortunate to be able to help others by imparting my knowledge and experiences through the COPD Together campaign. First-hand experience is invaluable in educating caregivers as they care for a loved one, so they are better equipped to manage their caregiving responsibilities while also maintaining a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle for themselves.”

In addition to the expanded COPDTogether.com, Sunovion and the COPD Foundation will host an educational webcast on Thursday, November 20, 2014 during National Family Caregiver Month and COPD Awareness Month. This webcast, moderated by the COPD Foundation and led by Dr. Sandra Adams, a leading COPD expert and Professor of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will arm caregivers with helpful information to manage a loved one’s COPD and encourage them to voice questions and concerns relating to their caregiving responsibilities. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to hear the first-hand experience of caregiver Mary Nelson from Tucson, AZ, as she shares tips on how she managed her husband’s COPD. Patients, caregivers and healthcare providers are invited to participate in the webcast, and can sign-up for additional information at the COPD Together Caregiver Webinar registration page.

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