It’s not always immediately obvious that someone has COPD. This is an ailment that can take longer than you might expect to get diagnosed, especially if your elderly family member doesn’t realize what the changes to her breathing might mean.
Pain or Tightness in the Lungs and Chest
Your senior might mention that she’s got pain or tightness in her chest. She might experience this at all times or only when she’s breathing deeply. Sometimes this can be scary because most people think about pain in the chest as being related to heart problems. Your elderly family member might be dealing with either of those concerns, which is why it’s important to mention chest pain or tightness to her doctor right away.