Course Preview Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease About This Course Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an insidious condition that does not cause noticeable disability until 20 to 30 years after onset. Worldwide, COPD is a major contributor of chronic mortality and morbidity. Many individuals will die prematurely from complications of the disease after many years of suffering. In the coming decades, the incidence of COPD is expected to rise due to the continued exposure to risk factors and the increase in the age of the population worldwide. The course gives nurses working with a geriatric population a review of a common pulmonary disease among the elderly, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). After completing this course, nurses should be better able to understand current medical treatments and how to provide a higher care level for residents with COPD.