While creating your COPD plan is important, the next step is figuring out how to make it part of your daily routine. Itís a lot easier to do something that has become a habit and almost second nature.

Tips to help stick to your plan

Take your COPD medication at the same time every day. Set a reminder on your mobile phone if it helps.1
Keep your family and friends in the loop. Let them know if you need help getting to a doctor's appointment or completing daily tasks.3
Always keep your healthcare provider informed about any new symptoms or feelings you're experiencing. Make sure to fill out the COPD Checklist and take it to your appointment.2
Be mindful of how many doses of your medication you have left. Remember to always have your meds available.

Your COPD plan is a great guide, but every now and then you may have to make a detour or reroute your plan based on how things are going. It is important to have a plan, and a set of directions to help you stick with it.4

1. Taking medicines safely. NIH Senior Health. National Institutes of Health Web site. http://nihseniorhealth.gov/takingmedicines/takingmedicinessafely/01.html. 2.Talking with your doctor: a guide for older people. National Institute on Aging National Institutes of Health Web site. http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/talking-your-doctor-guide-older-people/what-can-i-say-giving-information. 3.Living with COPD. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. National Institutes of Health Web site. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/copd/livingwith.html. 4. COPD Management Tools. American Lung Association Web site. www.lung.org/lung-disease/copd/living-with-copd/copd-management-tools.html.