Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease

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As an individual grows older, the body will also undergo changes to its system. The effects of changes on the respiratory system can cause problems to develop more easily and be more difficult to manage. Some changes that occur over time are that the nose tissue has reduced support which causes symptoms that interfere with air passage and reduced secretions causing tickling of the throat and coughing. The trachea will stiffen causing more difficulty in the coughing process making the ability to expel lodged items less effectively. The lungs will become smaller; the recoil of the lungs is decrease forcing the body to use other muscles in order to maintain the proper amount of gas exchanges. The thorax and the diaphragm lose skeletal muscle strength causing a reduction in vital capacity and residual volume left in the lungs. Elderly are also more apt to getting respiratory infections because their immune and lymphatic systems also are undergoing changes as they age. All of these changes mentioned above not only impact just the respiratory system but they also force an individual to change their normal daily functions. An individual may no longer be able to do the activities that cause even the most minimal amount of stress on their bodies, or they may become immobile. Despite the fact that as we age our bodies undergo structural changes there are also respiratory conditions that effect our older population. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease represents a group of
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