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Breathe Easy: COPD and Me

2007
Distributed by Fanlight Productions, 32 Court St., 21st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 800-876-1710
Producer Keith Parish
Directed by Keith Parish
DVD, color, 8 min.
Sr. High - Adult
Health Sciences


Reviewed by Kay Hogan Smith, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences

Recommended   
 
Date Entered: 6/8/2009

Although this DVD is ostensibly about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and oxygen use—and attitudes toward those who need it—it’s really about aging without apologies or regrets. Narrated by a charmingly upbeat 78-year-old woman with emphysema, Lois Perelman, this brief documentary addresses the numerous negative attitudes toward age and health issues associated with aging in this country. Certainly, the fears of these negative perceptions as focused on oxygen use in public by those suffering from COPD are included in the discussion led by Ms. Perelman. The viewer then sees her attending to daily tasks such as grocery shopping and even exercise class with her oxygen tank at hand. This helps to reinforce the narrator’s point that one can continue to live well with a serious chronic illness. In addition, society can learn to accept and even admire the individual human being who “just happens to need oxygen.” This would make a good introductory film for support groups and educational lectures alike. Recommended