Adult Patient Education Classes

Patient education classes are an important part of your experience at National Jewish Health. The classes will give you and your family the information and tools to manage your disease.

Plan to attend classes during your evaluation at National Jewish Health. The patient education classes are free for patients and family members.

Patient Education classes meet in the Patient Education Room A01b. The classroom is located in the basement across the hall from the main elevator.

If you have additional questions, please call Ann Mullen, RN, MSN, AE-C, Patient Education Coordinator, at 303.398.1410.

Monday

Managing Your Lung Disease (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Topics reviewed in class include treatment goals, a healthy lifestyle, avoiding infections, medication, oxygen therapy, breathing retraining, & technique to bring up mucus. An action plan & advanced directives are also discussed.



Managing Your Energy Everyday (3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.)
This is a class to help people with lung disease be more productive and more satisfied with daily living. Everyday tasks including self-care, household chores, hobbies, and work can be made easier. Energy management, proper breathing and simplifying work can help.



Tools for Fitness (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
This class will review the exercise prescription. The benefits of aerobic exercises and how to overcome obstacles that may affect your exercise program will also be discussed.



Tuesday

All About Sleep Apnea (4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.)

This is a class for people with sleep apnea. The class will review the pathopysiology and symptoms of sleep apnea, as well as problems if left untreated. Treatment options, emphasizing CPAP therapy and tips/tricks for CPAP success will be discussed.



Respiratory Medications (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Correct medication technique is important. Techniques to inhale medication correctly will be discussed and demonstrated in this class. Respiratory medications and common side effects will be reviewed.



Stress Management and Relaxation (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
You will learn to identify how muscle tension and mental stress disrupt the breathing process. You will learn various techniques to assist in the relaxation process. These include diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization skills, and the therapeutic use of hobbies.



Understanding Your Lung Disease and Testing (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Understanding your lung disease is often helpful. COPD (Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis). Bronchiectasis and Interstitial Lung Disease will be discussed. Common testing to evaluate chronic lung disease will also be discussed.



What Makes Asthma Worse? (12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.)
What is happening in the lungs with asthma? What makes asthma worse? These questions will be discussed in this class. Irritants, allergens, infections, weather changes, exercise and gastroesophageal reflux will be discussed.



Living with Chronic Disease (3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.)
This class will discuss common feelings and issues when diagnosed with a chronic disease including lifestyle changes, emotional effects, self identity changes, & other psychosocial changes. This class will provide resources for living with a chronic disease and help manage this stage of life.



Wednesday

Learning About Osteoporosis (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
What should you know if you have osteoporosis? Learn what risk factors are and how to manage osteoporosis with diet, exercise and medication.



Nutrition and the Person With Lung Disease (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (1st 3rd and 5th Wednesday))
This class discusses guidelines for optimal nutrition with chronic lung disease. Issues covered include special nutritional needs related to steroid therapy and chronic infection, weight control, bone health, and tips for using nutrition to enhance health.



On the Go With Oxygen (10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.)
The benefits of oxygen therapy for people with chronic lung disease will be reviewed. Current oxygen equipment to enhance your quality of life, including traveling with oxygen will also be discussed.



Nutrition and Heart Health (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (2nd and 4th Wednesday))
This class discusses current nutrition guidelines for heart health, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and anyone interested in heart health and their families. Topics covered include: lipid values, heart healthy foods and lowering cholesterol, triglycerides & blood pressure with diet.



Learning About Atopic Dermatitis (3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Learn about the importance of “Soak and Seal” in this class. Avoidance of things that make atopic dermatitis worse, daily skin care and managing worsening symptoms will be discussed.



Thursday

Antibiotics for Mycobacterial and Other Lung Diseases (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
There are a variety of antibiotics that are used to treat mycobacterial disease. These medications and common side-effects will be discussed in this class.



Asthma Medications and Self Management (9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)
Correct medication technique is important. Asthma medications, side effects and correct techniques will be discussed. Monitoring asthma by assessing symptoms and using a peak flow meter with an Asthma Action Plan will also be discussed.



Friday

Stress Management and Relaxation (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
You will learn to identify how muscle tension and mental stress disrupt the breathing process. You will learn various techniques to assist in the relaxation process. These include diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization skills, and the therapeutic use of hobbies.



Intimacy and the Person with Lung Disease (10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.)
This class describes human sexuality and the normal response to a sexual stimulus. Normal changes related to aging and problems related to chronic disease and respiratory conditions will be reviewed. Strategies to improve intimacy and sexual functioning will be discussed.



Tools for Giving-Up Smoking - Trying Again (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Second Friday every month))
If you're just thinking about giving up smoking or ready to set a quit date, this class is for you. This is an informative class that follows along with the Understanding Giving Up Smoking booklet. It will provide you with helpful, practical tools as you prepare to give up smoking.



Diabetes Basics (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
This class will address how you can take control of caring for diabetes. The interactive nature of the class will leave you feeling confident to recognize and treat low blood sugar, what foods have carbohydrates, and what causes your blood sugar to increase and decrease, as well as understand how diabetes medicines work.



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