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March 13, 2023 MEETING – View the video recording online on Youtube
AUGUST 8, 2022 MEETING – View the video recording online on Youtube
SEPTEMBER 12, 2022 MEETING – View the video recording online on Youtube
OCTOBER 10, 2022 MEETING – See online at Youtube
NOVEMBER 14, 2022 MEETING – View the video recording online on Youtube
TOPIC: Overview of Senior Housing Options [You Tube]
October 11, 2021
Speaker: Janet Pinson, ACNP FNP Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine | 44:12 minute video
TOPIC: Overview of Senior Housing Options [You Tube]
August 9, 2021
Speaker: Peter Robinson Chief Marketing Officer, Lifespire | 36 minute video
TOPIC: How to Handle Stress [You Tube]
July 12, 2021
Speaker: Tracy Hess | 25 minute video
[Part 2 of How to Handle Stress – Youtube]
TOPIC: Staying Mentally Healthy and Alert [You Tube]
April 12, 2021
Speaker: Jennifer Collins | 1:35 minute video
TOPIC: Stuck at home exercises [You Tube]
March 8, 2021
Speaker: Christinia Hunt | 41 minute video
TOPIC: How to cope with stress and depression [You Tube]
February 8, 2021
Speaker: Joan Hawkins | 41 minute video
TOPIC: NUTRITION FOR THE LUNG DISEASE SUFFERER- click to view video online [You Tube]
November 9, 2020
Speaker: Colleen LaMere, Registered Dietitian|| 1 Hour 3 minute video
TOPIC: WILLS, ESTATE PLANNING AND POWER OF ATTORNEY - click to view video online [You Tube]
October 12, 2020
Speaker: W. Joseph Owen | 1 Hour 16 minute video
TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE - click to view video online
September 14, 2020
Speaker: Mike Mason | 49 minute video
TOPIC: COVID-19 - click to view video online
August 10, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Wes Shepherd | 1:12 hour video
Money Management in stressful times
Speaker: William R. (Bill) Ridgeway, CFP®
De-Clutter, Downsize and Dispose of the Stuff
Susan Campbell discussed strategies to reduce household possessions and ways to determine which are more precious to keep versus selling or gifting. Also included in the presentation was how to prepare for moving into a smaller home or a monitored living facility. Also included in the question and answer period was arrangements for funeral insurance and preparation of wills and directives.
Laughter Yoga with Slash Coleman
Mr. Coleman discusses the history, concepts and goals of "Laughter Yoga" and what the benefits are. His demonstrations during the course of the Breathmatters meeting include his running commentary about specific laughter styles and the physical movements that are part of the overall practice of Laughter Yoga.
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Research
May 2019 Meeting Video
Theresa Altherr provided an overview of clinical research, why it is important and what it can provide to participants. With research conducted through the testing and the standard four phases of study, improved treatments are developed which can save lives and improve conditions for lung disease sufferers.
She discussed what kind of person is best suited to become involved in clinical research, and how the doctors of the research team will first confirm the patient original diagnoses before placing them within the study.
Also described is the burgeoning importance of genetic research which helps to identify the best candidates for the receiving of experimental drugs.
Being Your Own Best Advocate: The Value of My Yearly Physical
April 2019 Meeting Video
Dr. Fabry spoke on the value of regular checkups, and what they can (and cannot) provide. In particular he spoke of the high value of insight that LIPID measurements make possible, and he took time to explain the process by which cholesterol is administered in the body with LDL and HDL cholesterol types.
The primary thrust of Dr. Fabry's presentation highlighted that a patient is best benefited from advocating on their own behalf, and playing an important part in the management of their own health care. To illustrate this view, Dr. Fabry used anecdotal stories and entertained a number of questions from the Breathmatters audience.
Breathing Tips from Breathe-Live-Fit
March 2019 Meeting Video
Speaker Christina Hunt spoke on her experience in rehabilitation for lung disease sufferers and provided helpful tips on meeting certain challenges, for example:
1. How personal bathing can be problematic for people with lung issues, and how that can be overcome.
2. When and how you should have your "rescue inhaler" at hand.
3. How to strategize to meet environmental issues.
4. Utilizing oxygen in a shower setting.
November 2018 Meeting Video
Megan R. Clayton BSRT, RRT-ACCS, RPFT, spoke on how changes occur in the body from a lack of proper breathing and that this affects posture, muscles and even creates skeletal changes if not corrected. Respiratory therapy addresses these issues and emphasizes the importance of exercise for improvement or maintenance of breathing capacity.
New Therapies for 2018 - Apnea, Asthma, Nebulizers
June 2018 Meeting Video
Chris McKenney, PA-C of Richmond Pulmonary Associates spoke at the June 2018 meeting of Breathmatters. Mr. McKenney spoke about the new Nebulizers, asthma, and in particular issues related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Releasing the Emotional Energy of Fear
May 2018 Meeting Video
Speaker: Lisa Hazelgrove Recorded at the May 2018 meeting of BREATHMATTERS at the Johnston-Willis Hospital in the Richmond Virginia area.
All About Inhalers with Janet Pinson
April 2018 Meeting Video
Discussed were various makes and properties of inhalers.
Feb 2018 Meeting Video
Francesca Casey Teixeira spoke on the subject of bereavement, grief and depression. In particular she discussed how symptoms of a major illness, such as lung disease, can be quite similar to indicators of depression. The role of depression in inhibiting recovery from illness was also discussed, and a general topic of finding good resources and assistance was brought up throughout the presentation. Francesca "Casey" Teixeira, MSW is a Bereavement Coordinator with Kindred Hospice.
COPD and Mindfulness - October 2017 Meeting
October 2017 Meeting Video
Sarah Hopkins, M.S. OTR/L
The October 2017 meeting of Breath Matters was on the subject of "Mindfulness." In this meditative technique, discussed were the benefits in neuroplasticity for healthy brain function and specifically benefits for those suffering from COPD.
Founder's Day - August 2017 Meeting
August 2017 Meeting Video
Speaker: April WIlliams, Nutritionist
Speakers also included Joan Shifflet, Cathy Bray, Don Bane, and Jason Glover. A short film by Bernadette Sneed was shown about Breathmatters and specifically Russell Glover.
Palliative Care - Part 1 - Dr Marc Flickinger
June 2017 Meeting Video
Speaker: Dr Marc Flickinger
COPD Diagnosis and Management Part 1
February 2017 Meeting Video
Speakers: Elizabeth Hensley and Caroline Feinman of Pulmonary Associates
Russell Glover - Breathmatters Facilitator and Co-Founder
More Russell Glover
Mary Hodges - RN - Stay informed about IPF
October 2016 Meeting Video
Speaker: Mary Hodges, RN, BSN, MSN
Darrel Bowe - Trilogy - Treatment of COPD Patients
April 2016 Meeting Video
Speaker: Dan Bayliss RN, MS, CES from acac
Dan Bayliss - The Importantce of Exercise
February 2016 Meeting Video
Speaker: Dan Bayliss RN, MS, CES from acac
Dr Will Voelzke - Lung Cancer Part 1
February 2015 Meeting Video
Speaker: Dr Will Voelzke
Dr. Will J. Voelzke discusses how Lung Cancer is a serious ailment in the United States, with an estimated death rate at over 150,000 persons per year, with approximately just over 200,000 new cases per year.
Dr. Voelzke talks about the two main types of lung cancer, "small cell" and "non-small cell."
Also discussed are current research developments, such as genome-sequencing, which is having a major impact on treatment methods. Maintenance chemotherapy is discussed, with a brief historical overview and the current changes in methods.
"The Lazarus" like recoveries that happen in immune therapy is mentioned, particularly in regards to Melanoma and renal cell cancer.
Also discussed are mutations over the course of a cancer cycle and what that means during treatment.
Video recorded live at the February 9, 2015 meeting of Breath Matters Lung Disease Support Group in Richmond Virginia.
An Overview of Clinical Trials
Jan 2015 Meeting Video
Speaker: Annette Bennett
Annette Bennett, the C.E.O. and Research Director at Clinical Research Partners presents an overview of how clinical trials are conducted, who can participate, the advantages and disadvantages of getting involved. Annette Benning also discusses the value of clinical trials to lung disease suffers, and the variety of drugs and treatment methods that are developed, and being developed, for the benefit of those suffering from chronic lung disease.
Much of the presentation contains questions and answers from the audience, and personal anecdote and experience informs the conversation concerning clinical trials and the medicines discussed.
Recorded live at the January 12, 2015 meeting of Breathmatters, at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
You Tube - Annual Holiday Luncheon - Bring A Covered Dish
Dec 2014 Meeting Video
Speaker: Mike McMeniman
Mike McMeniman, from Aging in Grace in Place, spoke to the Breath Matters Dec 2014 Holiday meeting about the sentiments of the season and the ongoing importance of these human qualities all the year long, how they impact our lives for better health (mental and physical) and provide comfort for those for whom are struggling with difficulties. Recorded live at the Dec 8, 2014 Holiday meeting of Breathmatters, at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
You Tube - What UNOS is doing to Find the Perfect Organ Transplant
Nov 2014 Meeting Video
Speaker: Lisa Schafner, UNOS
Lisa Schaffner speaks at the Nov 2014 Breath Mattes meeting at Chippenham Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. She speaks on the topic of UNOS and its efforts to match life-saving organs between deceased donors and those on the national organ donation waiting list maintained by UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing). UNOS works with important organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, liver and intestines. In particular, Lisa Schaffner speaks on lung transplants, how lungs are donated, how they are matched to people in need, and the pitfalls and difficulties of providing successful organ transplantation. Recorded live at the November 2014 meeting of Breath Matters in Richmond Virginia at the Chippenham Medical Center, Kraus Auditorium.
You Tube - Your Thyroid and COPD
Oct 2014 Meeting Video
Speaker: Dr. Lori Sweeney, MCV Hospital
Presentation by Dr. Lori Sweeney on Thyroid and COPD covers issues related to the thyroid and the effects on blood pressure. Also discussed are how gender effects lung disease, the effects of estrogen on lung ailments, and related problems with diabetes, obesity, blood vessel remodeling and vitamin D deficiency. Recorded live at the October 2014 meeeting of Breath Matters in Richmond Virginia at the Chippeneham Medical Center, Bosher Audirorium.
You Tube - The New COPD Drugs and Inhalers
Sept 2014 Meeting Video
Speaker: Janet Pinson, NP (Nurse Pract.) & Attendee
Video taped at the Sept 2014 Breathmatters suport group meeting for lung disease sufferers at the Bosher Auditorium in Chippenham Medical Center, Richmond Virginia. Discussed are new inhalers, such as:
- Combinent Respimat
- Tudorza Pressair
- Breo Ellipta
- Anora Ellipta
- Arcapta Neohaler
- Striverdi Respimat
- Spiriva Respimat
Also discussed are the keys to Pulmonary Rehab Success, and the importance of exercise, in particular arm exercise.
You Tube - Seeing through the Fog of Senior Resources
July 2014 Meeting Video
Speaker: Debbie Leidheiser, Senior Advocate, Chesterfield County Virginia
Debbie Leidheiser, Senior Advocate Chesterfield County Virginia, presents an overview of the abundance of Senior Resources in the Richmond Virginia area, including area counties. Video taped event at the Monthly Breathmatters Meeting July 14, 2014
You Tube - COPD Cause & Effects and What it Affects
June 2014 Meeting Video
Speaker: Dr. Leonard Moses, Pulmonologist
You Tube - Spring Clean Your Estate Plan: Estate Planning Essentials
May 2014 Meeting Video
Speaker: Attorney Joley Eason
You Tube - What’s Going On With Your Oxygen Supplier?
April 2014 Meeting Video
Speaker: Rachelle Korpal, Respiratory Specialist
You Tube - How Lung Disease Affects your Heart
March 2014 Meeting Video
Speaker: Dr. Cliff Morris of Morris Cardiovascular
You Tube - Pulmonary Fibrosis Advocacy and Research
February 2014 Meeting Video
Speakers: IPF Foundation President Patti Tuomey and Dolly Kervitsky
You Tube - Laughter as Exercise?
January 2014 Meeting Video
Speaker: Heather Umberger, M.S.,C.M.T. Massage Specialist, MELT® Instructor, Laughter Yoga Leader
You Tube - Don’t let an ICEBERG Sink Your Life
December 2013 Meeting Video
Speaker: Mike McMeniman from Aging in Place with Grace
You Tube - What Makes a Good Health Story?
November 2013 Meeting Video
Speakers: Tammie L. Smith Health Reporter at Richmond Times Dispatch Tammi
October 2013 Meeting Video
Speakers: Kris Beshada & Christina Hunt, RRT’s, HCA
September 2013 Meeting Video
Dr. Dan Grinnan talks about Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, what this ailment is and the challenges in treating it. This presentation features Dr. Grinnan discussing causes, the difficulties in diagnosis, and the varieties of treatment. A question and answer period is included at the end of the talk.
Video recorded September 9, 2013, at Kraus Auditorium at the Chippenham Medical Center, Richmond, VA 23225
You Tube - Hospice - - its not what you think
June 2013 Meeting Video
Lucy Kessee and Ann Marie Robert from Horizon Hospice discuss the stereotypes that have developed around hospice care and the reality of what is available through Hospice. Question and answers with audience members are featured throughout the presentation.
Video recorded June 10, 2013, at Kraus Auditorium at the Chippenham Medical Center, Richmond, VA 23225
You Tube - Advanced Respiratory Care - Tom Adkins
July 2013 Meeting Video
Tom Adkins of Kindred Healthcare in Richmond Virginia presents his topic of Advance Respiratory Hospital Care.
Video recorded July 8, 2013, at Kraus Auditorium at the Chippenham Medical Center, Richmond, VA 23225
You Tube - How to choose a Portable Oxygen Concentrator
January 2013 Meeting Video
How to Choose A Portable Oxygen Concentrator Roger Householder of LOUISA HOME CARE explains how to make a good choice of an Oxygen Concentrator. Tips for what to watch out for; and how to decide upon a provider.
Video recorded January 14, 2013, at Kraus Auditorium at the Chippenham Medical Center, Richmond, VA 23225
You Tube - Pulmonary Function Testing
February 2013 Meeting Video
With Becky Alberti RN, CPFT, RPFT VCU/MCV Hospital
"Pulmonary Function Testing The What's & Why's of Spirometry"
Live video from the February 11, 2013 meeting of Breath Matters at Bosher Auditorium Chippenham Medical Center Richmond, Virginia
You Tube - This Years Flu Season
October 2013 Meeting Video
With Jim Farrell, Virginia Department of Health
"This Years Flu Season"
Live video from the October 8, 2012 meeting of Breath Matters at Kraus Auditorium Chippenham Medical Center Richmond, Virginia
You Tube - Emphysema, Tobacco and COPD with Dr. Glenn Giessel
July 2012 Meeting Video
"Emphysema, Tobacco, and COPD"
Dr. Glenn Giessel,
Pulmonologist, Pulmonary Associates
PULMONARY FIBROSIS is a relentlessly progressive, ultimately fatal disease that affects the lungs, gradually robbing an individual of their ability to breathe.
You Tube - IPF legislation with Paul Fogelberg
June 2012 Meeting Video
Paul Fogelberg, Pulmonary Fibrosis Patient-Advocate
"IPF Legislation, YOUR PART, YOUR DISEASE"
You Tube - Lung Transplant Evaluation - Heidi Flanagan
May 2012 Meeting Video
Lung Transplant Evaluation
Speaker: Heidi Flanagan, RN, BSN, LUNG Transplant Coordinator U of VA Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
You Tube - Asthma and COPD - Dr Kevin Cooper
April 2012 Meeting Video
"Distinguishing Between ASTHMA and COPD"
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Cooper, Pulmonologist, VCU/MCV Hospital, Richmond, VA
You Tube - IPF - Dr. Paul Fairman, Between a Rock and a Hard Place
January 2012 Meeting Video
"IPF - Between a Rock and a Hard Place"
- IPF Risk Factors
- Epidemiology of IPF
- How do we know it's IPF?
You Tube - Acid Reflux and its Relationship to Lung Disease
November 2011 Meeting Video
Speaker: Dr. Daniel E. Bechard, Pulmonologist, Veterans Affairs Hospital, Richmond, VA
" ACID REFLUX and its Relationship to LUNG DISEASE"