Asthma and Older People
American Lung Association answers to common questions from older persons who have asthma.
Asthma Control for the Mature Adult
Information about the relationship between asthma and allergies; what medications work; asthma control goals; preventing asthma episodes; a checklist for doctor visits.
Asthma Triggers in Seniors
Information about asthma triggers and the role of medications and gastroesophageal reflux disease in triggering asthma episodes.
Be Prepared for an Asthma Emergency
Provides list of what to keep at hand; asking your doctor for a written treatment plan to help understand personal best wellness and danger signs; recommends annual flu shot.
Distinguishing Asthma from a Heart Condition
Symptoms of asthma can be similar to those of cardiovascular disorders. This page describes symptoms and ways to determine if they are asthma related. Potential medication conflicts are noted.
Facing Asthma During the Golden Years
Why seniors develop asthma; increased susceptibility of older women, challenges in diagnosing asthma; treatment and fact that older people who have asthma can get better.
Hurdles to Diagnosing and Treating Asthma in Seniors
Symptoms that may not be recognized; other health conditions that may have similar symptoms; the need for individualized treatment.
Living with Asthma: Special Concerns for Older Adults
Useful tips for controlling asthma, beginning with the need to talk openly with your doctor.
Nutrition: An Important Aspect of Senior Asthma Care
The impact of family history, eating habits, and medications on bone health; Importance of obtaining increased calcium and adequate fluids.
Seniors and Asthma
Information about co-existing medical conditions and the potential negative effects of interacting prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
When Asthma and COPD Coexist
Another AAAAI web page that discusses in greater detail the differences between asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Points out that asthma and COPD may have very different health outcomes.
Contact us with any questions or for more information about asthma.
Vermont Asthma Program
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
Email: Vermont Asthma Program