Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Support Groups

The Michigan Medicine Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine sponsors several support group opportunities for individuals with lung diseases and their caregivers including the Better Breathers Club, Harmonica Club, and Quest for Breath Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Support Group.

Better Breathers Club

The Better Breathers Club is designed to support individuals and their caregivers who deal with various types of lung diseases. The club offers better ways to cope with lung disease while getting the support of others in similar situations. In addition, educational presentations are offered on a wide range of relevant topics such as breathing techniques, medications, exercise, talking with your physician, home health care, supplemental oxygen, lung transplantation, and many more. Led by a trained facilitator, the in-person adult support group gives you the tools you need to live the best quality of life you can.

The Better Breathers Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month (May – October) from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm.

Please bring your supplemental oxygen tank(s) as they will not be provided.

Location

Michigan Medicine Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center
Suite 14
Burlington Office Center
325 East Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information, please send an email to betterbreathersclub@med.umich.edu or call either 734-647-7840 or 734-998-9686.

Harmonica Club

Playing the harmonica is fun and great exercise for your lungs. It’s open to anyone who has a breathing problem (COPD, asthma, emphysema, etc.). Participants must purchase their own harmonica.

The Harmonica Club meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am.

Location

Michigan Medicine Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center
Suite 14
Burlington Office Center
325 East Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Contact Information

Those interested in joining the harmonica club should call the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at 734-998-8723 and ask to be referred to the club's director.

Quest for Breath Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Support (IPF) Support Group

The Quest for Breath IPF support group was established in 2008 through funds from Quest for Breath. A team of medical professionals facilitates the group, which features guest speakers providing up-to-date information on topics of concern to patients with IPF and their caregivers. Topics have included pulmonary function testing, sleep apnea, oxygen needs, and lung transplantation. Meetings are informal and allow time for open discussion among attendees. This format allows attendees to identify their needs, share concerns, and propose topics for future informational presentations.

The Quest for Breath IPF support group is a caring community that provides connection, support, and information. We welcome individuals living with IPF and other types of pulmonary fibrosis, and their loved ones. Read more about Pulmonary Fibrosis.

The Quest for Breath IPF support group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.

Please bring your supplemental oxygen tank(s) as they will not be provided. Complimentary beverages and snacks are provided.

Location

Michigan Medicine Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center
Second Level
Burlington Office Center
325 East Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Lori Flint, RN at lzaremba@med.umich.edu.