Asthma Affects Everyone: Asthma At Every Age
In the Asthma In America 2020 survey, we asked the community (you!) what it’s really like to live with asthma. We had over 1,000 people take our survey, and we are very excited to share the results with you.
This year, we would like to focus on asthma throughout the ages. We were fortunate to have a variety of people ages 18-80+ participate in our survey, and you may be surprised to see the similarities and differences in their asthma.
Asthma affects all ages
It is a common misconception that asthma is a childhood disease. While asthma does affect many children, it certainly does not discriminate. Asthma can affect anyone, ranging from children to teens to young adults and older adults - even grandparents can develop asthma!
Our confidence with asthma as we age
Asthma affects each person differently, and that’s not just including symptoms and triggers. Asthma can also impact your confidence. In fact, we found that there was a pretty dramatic change in confidence due to asthma based on age. Turns out, the younger you are, the less confident your asthma may make you feel.
While this may seem like bad news, we have a good takeaway: as you age, your confidence will grow!
Is asthma embarrassing?
Interestingly, feeling less confident does not necessarily mean feeling embarrassed about your asthma. Overall, 10% fewer participants reported feeling embarrassed about their asthma in comparison to feeling less confident. However, embarrassment was also a more commonly experienced feeling among individuals in younger age groups. It appears that as you age, asthma feels less socially distressing.
We are a community, regardless of age
While age can change the way you perceive your asthma, it does not change the fact that everyone in this community is experiencing asthma together. Even though symptoms may vary from person to person, you’re all on the same rollercoaster ride that is the asthma experience. Many of you have similar worries, fears, and anxieties.
We are coping together
But we have good news! There are so many resources and services that are here to help, and it looks like you’re finding them already. Regardless of age, many of you are using at least one resource to help you cope with flares, manage your symptoms, deal with asthma attacks, and more.
Did any of this information resonate with you? We would love to hear your thoughts. Join our community to learn more about asthma and connect with others who get it.
The Asthma In America 2020 survey was conducted online from January through March of 2020. 1,025 people who have been diagnosed with asthma completed the survey.
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