What you should think about if you use a walker, rollator, wheelchair or crutches during the coronavirus pandemic. Keep your walker or wheelchair clean, especially when leaving your home and returning. Attending to this may decrease the chance that Coronavirus is carried into your home.
One of the most popular questions we get asked about a walker or rollator is, “How wide is it?”
The answer, unfortunately, is not as simple as you would think. As a rule, most walkers measure 22.5-28 inches and most rollators measure 23-30 inches. The width that you see advertised is the width of the widest part.
A small startup company out of Brunswick, Maine has developed a cool new mobility device designed to help people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, brain injuries, tumors, and other conditions get around easier.
Recently, we’ve seen the development of more and more robotic mobility aids to help people with disabilities get around. Toyota, working alongside Fujita Health University, has now joined in with their Welwalk WW-1000 system.
Two-year-old Isabella Shorr was born with spina bifida, a condition that left her paralyzed from the knees down.
“She wasn’t able to basically move around, so she was kind of stuck in whatever position we put her in,” said Isabella’s dad Jeffrey Shorr. “If she wanted to interact with her brothers and sister, it was basically sitting in one spot.”
Elderly and Agile: The Rollator Dance Handbook, recently released by the German Dance Teachers Association (ADTV), tells care home workers how to give dance lessons to rollator users. The book covers everything from rhythm and time keeping exercises to lessons on the foxtrot, waltz, rumba, and samba.
Over the past couple decades, self-driving cars have gone from being a sci fi concept to a reality, with semi-autonomous self driving cars now commercially available. Now the Singaporean government is working with businesses and health care agencies to create a self driving wheelchair by March 2017.
On the Just Walkers Blog, we like to write posts answering customer questions. But sometimes we’ll get questions which have short simple answers that don’t require a whole post to explain. Here are some of those questions along with their short answers, for the benefit of anyone else who might be wondering the same thing.
“We frequently go out with my grandmother, and she uses a rolling walker. When she gets tired, she sits down and holds up the whole family. Is there some sort of rolling walker that is safe to push our grandma in?”
What is the difference between the 4-wheel rolling walkers and the 3-wheel rolling walkers?
All rolling walkers, or rollators, give their users extra stability without slowing them down like a traditional walker would. When choosing a rollator for yourself or a loved one, one of the first things you’ll have to decide is whether you want a 3 wheel rollator or a 4 wheel rollator.
High school English teacher Judi Bremer has spent the last 25 years of her life battling Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease which attacks one’s nervous system leading to a variety of debilitating symptoms.
Matt McCann, one of the co-creators of Access Earth, was inspired to create the site after an incident in 2012. He was visiting London and had booked a hotel that claimed to be accessible. But when he got there, Matt found there were three steps between him and the main entrance, making it extremely difficult for him to get himself and his rollator inside.
Like many wheelchair sports, wheelchair fencing is growing in popularity around the world. Unlike many wheelchair sports, wheelchair fencing is almost exactly the same as the original version of the sport, the only two differences being 1) The fencers sit in wheelchairs of course, and 2) Wheelchair fencing is a lot faster paced.
The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) recently hosted the Seniors Decide 2016 forum on senior issues at George Mason University. They invited every presidential candidate to participate, but only two actually responded-- Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders and Republican hopeful John Kasich. Sanders Skyped in and Kasich sent former congressman Tom Davis to attend on his behalf.
The Palo Alto Longevity Prize is set to give away $1,000,000 to a team of scientists who can best figure out how to slow aging. The prize is broken into two parts. $500,000 will be given to the team that can best extend a mammal’s lifespan, and $500,000 will be given to a team who can “turn back the clock” in a mammal.
10 year old Rylea Lambert lives with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. This means she and her best friend Jayci Stubblefield couldn’t play on the playground together during recess. Until Stubblefield decided to change that.
Tameru Zegeye can travel 100 meters in 57.0 seconds, all while doing a handstand on his forearm crutches. He is now the official Guinness World Record holder for “Fastest 100 m in forearm crutches - inverted.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. It requires that public facilities, such as schools, be accessible to disabled individuals. However, despite the act being signed into law over 25 years ago, a recent federal investigation found that 83% of New York City’s public schools are not fully accessible.
“LGBT older adults are disproportionately affected by physical and mental health issues and are more likely to live alone than their heterosexual counterparts,” says journalist AJ Trager in a new article for PrideSource. Despite this, a recent study by Eastern Michigan University professor Dr. Beverly Mihalko found that most long term care facilities lack proper inclusion policies and practices for their LGBT residents.
A team of 8 relatives of disabled children and 8 professionals have come together to invent a smart wheelchair that can be used by kids with severe disabilities. Most electric wheelchairs are operated by joysticks, making them unusable to children who don’t have the right motor or cognitive abilities. But the new wheelchair is customizable and can be operated by a simple push of a button, tilt of the head, voice command, or a pacifier, depending on the needs of each child.
Uber, the popular ride sharing app, has taken a lot of business from taxi companies and changed the way people buy rides today. Not surprisingly, it’s run into its fair share of opposition and controversy. Back in August, we wrote about how the United Spinal Association was opposing Uber’s presence in New York City because most Uber drives don’t have wheelchair accessible cars.
The Smart Walker is being developed by Dr. Xiangrong Shen at the University of Alabama. This walkable robot has four jointed smart legs and can operate in two different modes: smart power assist and smart mule.
7 year old Lily-Grace Hooper is blind and uses a cane to get around her school. Or at least she did until her school, Hambrook Primary, banned her from using the cane, claiming it posed a tripping risk to Lily-Grace’s teachers and fellow classmates.
The life expectancy of girls born today is 82.8. For boys, it’s 78.8. But a group of scientists believes they may be able to extend humans’ life expectancy by one third, making it a whopping 120 years. How? With a cheap diabetes pill.