Mobility Blog

The Best Pets for Aging in Place

April 30, 2015 1 min read

Caregiver and occupational therapist Lynda Shrager has worked in geriatric rehabilitation for more than thirty-five years. According to her, one of the best things seniors can do to be more successful at aging in place is own a pet.

“My experience reveals that patients who have pets are typically happier and more engaged in many of life’s activities,” said Shrager.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Aging Brain

April 23, 2015 2 min read

We all want to remain mentally sharp as we get older. Fortunately, a lot of the factors regarding cognitive decline are well within our control, as a new study by the Institute of Medicine points out. It recommends five ways to decrease cognitive decline and stay sharp as you age.
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British Designer Invents Shock-Absorbing Wheelchair Wheels

April 16, 2015 2 min read

Sam Pearce has worked on a lot of inventions, from non-invasive surgery devices to early handheld computers. His most recent invention is a classic-- the wheel.
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Drive Medical Releases Three New Rollators

April 09, 2015 1 min read

It was a little over two years ago that Drive Medical came out with their popular Drive Nitro 4 Wheel Rollator. Now they’ve released three new versions-- the Tall Height Drive Nitro, the Short Height Drive Nitro, and the Heavy Duty Drive Nitro.
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Disabled Students Create Art Display Arguing for Improved Accessibility

April 02, 2015 2 min read

The University of South Carolina is home to about 2,000 students with disabilities. Despite this, and despite the fact that it’s been 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act, parts of the campus still aren’t accessible.
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Disabled Models Appearing on Fashion Runways Worldwide

March 27, 2015 1 min read

The fashion industry has often been criticized for its narrow choice of models. But recently, many designers have taken steps toward increasing diversity, specifically by including disabled models in fashion shows.
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Scientists Help Mice Live Longer By Killing Zombie Cells

March 20, 2015 1 min read

Scientists have found yet another way to help mice live longer (a subject we’ve written about several times before). The hope of course is that these treatments will also work for humans. The goal isn’t just lengthening life; it’s improving the quality of life.
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Drive Medical Releases New iWalker Euro Style Rollator

March 13, 2015 1 min read

Drive Medical have just come out with their latest rollator-- the iWalker Euro Style Rollator.

Its cross-brace design adds stability and makes it easy to fold. Simply lift up on the handle located in the middle of the seat to fold the rollator, then use the plastic clip to hold it in place. This innovative feature makes the iWalker easy to store and travel with.

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Wearable “Smart Trousers” May Help the Disabled Walk

March 06, 2015 1 min read

Scientists such as Dr. Jonathan Rossiter from the University of Bristol think they may make traditional mobility aids obsolete. How? With “smart trousers” that help disabled and elderly users walk.
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Wheelchair Basketball Growing in Popularity in Uganda

February 26, 2015 1 min read

As difficult as it sometimes is for disabled people to get around in the US, things are even worse in Uganda. Very few buildings are accessible. There’s a lack of transportation. And there are few activities for disabled people to do.

Fortunately, Uganda’s Paralympic Committee is working to change this. They provide a variety of disabled sports including rowing, soccer, and swimming. But perhaps their most popular sport is wheelchair basketball.

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Wheelchair Foundation Distributes Wheelchairs Around the World

February 19, 2015 2 min read

Most of us take our mobility for granted. Many of us can walk without the use of a mobility device. And many of those who can’t have easy access to affordable wheelchairs, crutches, rollators, and other mobility devices.

But not everyone is so lucky. That’s why the Wheelchair Foundation has given away over 980,000 wheelchairs in more than 150 countries.

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Common Myths about People with Disabilities

February 12, 2015 2 min read

Myth:Wheelchair users are paralyzed and confined to their wheelchair.

Reality:Many wheelchair users can walk. Their strength may be limited, so a wheelchair allows them to travel farther and be more independent. But even in cases where the wheelchair user is paralyzed, “confined” isn’t the right way to think of it. People don’t consider the able-bodied “confined” to their car or bicycle. In the same way, wheelchairs are just another form of transportation.

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Samantha Schroth Crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2015

February 05, 2015 1 min read

Every year the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant honors the achievements of disabled women and provides the winner a platform from which she can advocate for others with disabilities. The winner isn’t chosen based on mere physical beauty, but on being “the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman for persons with disabilities.”
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90 Year Old Inventor Creates New Gadgets for the Elderly

January 29, 2015 2 min read

Although most tech companies these days focus on youth, the aging Baby Boomers population is a large and growing market. That’s why IDEO, the company who invented the first computer mouse, has hired Barbara Beskind, a 90 year old inventor, to help create new gadgets for the elderly.
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Students Invent Solar Powered Wheelchair

January 22, 2015 1 min read

This year as part of World Cerebral Palsy Day, a competition called Change My Life in One Minute asked entrants to invent something that could make a significant difference to someone living with a disability. The students at the University of Virginia did just that, and won the competition with their innovative new solar powered wheelchair.
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Genes from Whale Might Help Humans Live Longer and Avoid Cancer

January 15, 2015 2 min read

With an average lifespan of 71 years, humans are some of the longest living creatures on earth. However, a few animals have us beat. Some turtles can live for over 100 years, some fish can live for over 200 years, some clams can live for over 500 years, and some jellyfish are said to be immortal. But the longest living mammal, whose genes may be able to help us live longer and avoid cancer, is the bowhead whale. They can live for over 200 years.
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How to Use the iWalk 2.0 Hands Free Crutch

January 08, 2015 1 min read

Recently, iWalkFree came out with the newest version of their hands free crutch-- the iWalk 2.0.

It offers several advantages over traditional arm crutches. Most importantly, it frees your hands and arms so you can continue doing all your daily activities. Secondly, it’s more comfortable than a traditional crutch which gets painful after extended use.

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Surviving the Winter in a Wheelchair

January 01, 2015 1 min read

If you live with a wheelchair, then the winter can bring extra challenges. Here are some tips from actual wheelchair users on how best to stay warm and get around this winter.
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Secrets to Longevity: Loma Linda

December 25, 2014 1 min read

You might not guess that one of the highest life expectancy places on the globe is a small, smoggy city in Southern California. But the residents of Loma Linda, CA frequently reach age 100 and beyond. Their longevity is largely due to their religion; Loma Linda is home to many Seventh-day Adventists whose religious beliefs enforce a healthy lifestyle.
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Secrets to Longevity: Okinawa

December 18, 2014 2 min read

According to a 2012 list by the World Health Organization, Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world. Men live to an average age of 85 and women to 87. For comparison, American men live to an average age of 77 and women to 82.
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Study Shows Mediterranean Diet Slows Aging

December 11, 2014 1 min read

In the past, studies have shown the Mediterranean Diet can have huge health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of chronic disease and cancer. But now, a new study from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital has shown that the diet may even slow down aging and lengthen your life.
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Secrets to Longevity: Sardinia

December 04, 2014 2 min read

The residents of Sardinia, Italy have some of the longest lifespans in the world. Not only do they live longer, they also suffer fewer diseases and enjoy more years of healthy life than almost any other group. Why?
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Monkeys Drive Wheelchairs with Their Thoughts

November 26, 2014 1 min read

Scientist Miguel Nicolelis has given monkeys the power to control wheelchairs with their thoughts.

No, these aren’t telekinetic monkeys. They’ve just had electrodes planted deep in their brains that interact with special high tech wheelchairs. Using this new thought technology, the monkeys are able to steer their wheelchairs and go grab grapes.

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Wheelchair User Creates App for Wheelchair Users Taking Public Transportation

November 21, 2014 1 min read

The new Roll With Me app is super easy to use. If you’re in the Chicago area, all you have to do is insert your current location, where you want to go, and when you want to leave. The app will then tell you the best way to get there using only wheelchair accessible public transport.
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High-Fat Diets Could Slow Brain Aging

November 13, 2014 1 min read

A new study by the University of Copenhagen and the National Institute of Health has shown that “brain aging can be delayed in mice if they are placed on a high-fat diet.”

The scientists were studying Cockayne syndrome, but their results could affect a wide range of aging related conditions. Cockayne syndrome is a disorder that causes children to age more rapidly. Currently, most people with the condition don’t live past age twelve.

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High Schooler Starts Wheelchair Challenge

November 06, 2014 2 min read

Archer Hadley cannot get in or out of his high school without someone else’s help. He uses an electric wheelchair due to cerebral palsy, and his school, Austin High, doesn’t have automatic doors.
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Sugary Soda May Accelerate Aging as Much as Cigarettes

October 30, 2014 1 min read

A new study by the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) shows that drinking non-diet soda speeds up the aging process as much as smoking.

The study looked at more than 5,300 Americans between ages 20 and 65. Scientists took DNA samples of each participant to determine their biological age, and the participants were asked to record their diet.

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Wheelchair Ad Sparks Controversy in Gubernatorial Election

October 23, 2014 1 min read

On Friday October 10th, Wendy Davis-- Democratic candidate for Texas governor-- released an ad attacking her Republican rival, the current Texas governor Greg Abbott. The ad begins with a black and white image of a wheelchair, and informs viewers that...
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5 Cool New Wheelchair Designs

October 16, 2014 2 min read

Mobility technology is better than it’s ever been, and new innovations keep emerging. Here are five unique new wheelchair designs worth checking out.
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October Is Residents’ Rights Month

October 09, 2014 2 min read

This October, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is observing Residents’ Rights Month. They will be educating seniors who live in long term care facilities about elder abuse/neglect and how to prevent it, so seniors can advocate for their rights.
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