Try These 10 Adaptive Sports

Sports give us lots to love. There’s the competition, the camaraderie and the passion, as well as the physical benefits of exercise. People living with disabilities can play any sport with basic tweaks to the game like adaptive equipment or amended rules.

National Sports Day, Oct. 16, was created to celebrate sporting competition and all the fans, athletes and families that make sports more than just a game. To help you get involved, we created a list of 10 easy, adaptive sports. Give them a try for the first time or return to your glory days by rediscovering an old sport.

Adaptive Swimming

Jump in! The water is fine! Swimming pools are an ideal environment for people living with limited mobility. It provides a place for low-impact exercise without the threat of falling. Many public and private pools have lifts or other apparatuses to get you in the water. If you’re seeking competition, USA Swimming has a Disability Committee that offers myriad programs for kids and adults.

Adaptive Tennis

To play tennis, all you need are two rackets, a ball and a net. The game is easily adapted for folks who use a mobility device. The USTA has official rules for adaptive competition. You can find adaptive tennis programs and resources on the association’s website. You could also take your Pride Mobility device, a racket and a buddy to a local court. Who knows, maybe you have a seated serve that rivals Serena’s?

Adaptive Table Tennis

Does a wide open tennis court and big racket sound overwhelming? Well, scale it back with some table tennis, also commonly called ping pong. The game is played on a table with a net strung across the middle and a player on either side. Players have full access to their side, whether playing on their feet or from a mobility device.

Adaptive Volleyball

Like tennis and table tennis, volleyball can be played from a seated position. A backyard volleyball game is a great way to include the whole family. In an informal setting, you can play from your wheelchair. For a more competitive experience, there’s sitting volleyball. This adaptive version of the game is played from a seated position on the floor and was invented in the 1950s, according to the Paralympic Games.

It takes a considerable amount of upper body strength, but it looks like a considerable amount of fun.

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Adaptive Golf

The United States Golf Association, the sport’s governing body, has modified rules for players who use mobility devices. The powers that be in golf are generally accommodating, allowing golfers to make reasonable adjustments to play the game. The rules allow people who use power wheelchairs, mobility scooters or other mobility aids to bring their devices on the golf course. Golfers are permitted to swing the club from their wheelchair or stand next to their device to swing.

Boccia

You may be familiar with bocce, the game where players toss balls down a narrow dirt court, competing to be closest to a smaller white ball. Boccia is the paralympic version of the sport. It was developed for athletes with cerebral palsy, but has since expanded to anyone with impaired motor skills. In boccia, balls can either be thrown or rolled down a ramp.

Adaptive Cycling

Adaptive cycling requires specific equipment, but there is a bike for every rider. There are hand-powered bikes and tricycles with specially-designed seats and handlebars. The Adaptive Cycling Foundation was even involved in making a bicycle with voice-activated gears.

Para Dressage

Equestrian Dressage, which gets airtime every four years for the summer Olympics, is a horse riding speciality. Para Dressage is an adaptive version of the sport and the only Equestrian event at the Paralympic Games. The adaptive rules make it possible for riders with any kind of disabilities to participate. Veronica Grogan, a Pride Mobility user with Multiple Sclerosis, shared her experience of discovering and excelling at Para Dressage.

Adaptive Archery and Shooting Sports

Target shooting — which includes archery and guns — is a great accessible option for people with a keen eye. There are ranges around the country where you can shoot a bow, pistol, rifle or shotgun. The United Foundation for Disabled Archers and the NRA Adaptive Shooting Program have resources to get these adaptive sports in your sights.

Adaptive Fishing

Adaptive fishing — just like shooting — is a great sport for the avid outdoorsman. Fishing can be a leisure activity or an all-out competition. All you need to fish is a body of water, a fishing pole and — of course — patience. USA Adaptive has a list of state-by-state licensing requirements and information about adaptive equipment.

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How to Plan for Retirement

How to Plan for Retirement

October is National Financial Planning Month, which makes it the perfect time to think about retirement. After all, retirement is the ultimate goal of financial planning. It’s the payoff after years of contributing to your 401(k) and dutifully making other investments.

Financial planning is the process of achieving short, intermediate and long-term financial goals. Retirement is seen by many as the ultimate goal of successful financial planning. Let’s take a close look at how to get ready for retirement.

Understand your financial situation

If financial planning is a roadmap to retirement, we’ll begin with cartography. To draw your map, we’ll need all the basic information in one place. Start with what you have. You’ll want to consider your financial assets like savings, bonds and stocks. You should also note physical assets. This is most often real estate, but can include any valuable, tangible assets like collectibles, jewelry and other precious metals.

At this stage of drawing your financial map, you can add liabilities. A liability is financial jargon for owing someone money. Most often, this is in the form of a mortgage or loan. For planning purposes, you’ll want to track how much you owe on your house and when that will be paid off. On the long-term roadmap to retirement, the date you stop paying for a home is a significant intersection. Even if you don’t fully own your home, remember if you owe less than its worth, you have equity.

Now, consider your current monthly budget. What money is coming in? What money is going out? It will help to look at a few months of spending to break down your discretionary and nondiscretionary spending. With a basic roadmap in place, you’ll need to plan for what you want your retirement

How do I know if I’m ready to retire?

By following the tips above, you should have a clear picture of your finances today. But what happens when your regular paycheck stops? You’ll need to crunch a few more numbers to figure out if you’re prepared to retire. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. When do I want to retire? Is your plan to bow out of the workforce at retirement age? Retirement age is the age at which benefits like a pension or Social Security kick in. In most cases that is 65. Deciding when you want to retire establishes a timeline. How you manage your retirement planning will be significantly affected by this timeline. Retiring in a year or in 20 will change how you strategize.
  2. How much money do I need to live? We’ve already looked at your current financial situation. Now it’s time to determine how much you should save up and put toward your retirement. To answer this question, you’ll need to play with some hypotheticals. Many people aim to maintain their lifestyle — meaning their income and spending will be the same after they retire. If your retirement income totals the same as your working income, then you’ve balanced the books. There is also the option to downsize and live on less than you do now. This will require a smaller monthly income. Alternatively, if your dream post-retirement life is all about piña coladas and beachside cabanas,  you’ll need to plump up your monthly budget.
  3. How long does my retirement need to last? This is tough to calculate because there are so many personal variables. It’s best to plan for a long life. No one wants to jump back into the labor pool after a decade of living the carefree retired life. There are many retirement calculators online that can help make your long-term plans.

Consult Retirement Experts

Unless you’re retiring as a stock broker or CPA, the financial piece of retirement may make you feel like a fish out of water. Luckily, there are a number of experts who can help you prepare.

A financial planner can help you understand your current situation and look ahead to retirement. They have the expertise to make decisions about when to retire and how much money you will need to live the lifestyle you want.

AARP recommends the Let’s Make a Plan website for screening trustworthy financial planners.

For some people, having a lawyer may be a worthwhile investment. An administrative law attorney can help navigate Social Security benefits. Lawyers can also give you financial options and assist with tax planning.

*this is not meant to be financial advice, as always consult a professional before taking action with your financial future.

How to Order Wheelchair Parts

Your Pride Mobility power wheelchair is a sophisticated piece of equipment. While they are built to last, some parts may need to be replaced over time. Here’s how to order wheelchair parts to keep your mobility device running by replacing worn-out parts like old tires and batteries.

Pride Mobility does not sell directly to end users. We build the devices and rely on a national network of trusted providers or dealers. These providers are authorized to sell our devices, parts and accessories. Pride Mobility dealers are also equipped to make repairs. You have the option to use a Pride dealer for repairs or purchase the parts to do your own work.

Find a Pride Mobility Dealer

Use our Find a Local Dealer page to search for local dealers by device type. Once you’ve found a dealer, give them a call or drop in. They can determine what parts you need. Dealers can then sell you the part or perform the repair. You can get the most hands-off repair by using a local provider. If you’re into tinkering, you can purchase the parts yourself.

Online Pride Mobility Dealers

At the bottom of the dealer page, is a list of approved online retailers. These websites sell mobility devices, accessories and replacement parts. We’ve picked three Pride dealers who sell parts online.

Mobility Scooters Direct is a south Florida-based dealer with an online shop and network of distribution centers and repair facilities. Mobility Scooters Direct has an extensive online catalog of Pride Mobility parts. They offer the standards like batteries and accessories, but also have replacement seats, electronic consoles and casters to name a few.

Top Mobility has a large Florida showroom and a well-inventoried website.Parts for sale on topmobility.com include off-board chargers, a full selection of mobility device wheels and batteries. Top Mobility also stocks more permanent parts like joystick controllers and battery chargers.

Marc’s Mobility started as a wheelchair store in 1995. Since then, the family-owned operation has expanded its product offerings. They have built a robust retail website that offers online exclusive prices. The Marc’s Mobility website has a range of batteries and chargers as well as different joystick counsels.

Replacement Parts for Pride Mobility Wheelchairs

As mentioned above, wear-and-tear may force you to replace some parts.

Batteries: Pride Mobility devices come standard with rechargeable battery units. Just like your phone, the battery life gets shorter with age. Our preferred dealers can get you an exact replacement or offer suggestions if that battery is unavailable.

Wheels: Pride Mobility devices come with different tires, based on the model. In general, the tires are either pneumatic, rubber tires filled with air or solid wheels, also called flat-free tires, that are solid or filled with foam. Pneumatic tires can be punctured while solid tires and casters may wear down over time.

Keys: Our keys are not specific to the individual device, so replacement is much easier than a car key. Some online retailers sell Pride Mobility keys. You can also order a new one at getpridegear.com.

Pride Mobility Resources

Pride Dealers, both online and in-store, are thoroughly trained to answer your questions. If you need additional information about Pride Mobility products, call our in-house customer service team at 800-800-4258.

For questions about your device, including troubleshooting, Pride Owner’s Manuals provide specifics on your device, including suggested maintenance. The manual has the information you need to replace a part like the diameter and material of a wheel as well as the battery specifications.

Top 5 Accessible Costume Idea Starters

If dressing up for Halloween is your thing, and you use a mobility scooter or power wheelchair, you probably already know it can be an indispensable asset for your disguise.

With a little creativity, a mobility device turns into a spaceship or a chariot, a school bus, a race car or a landspeeder.

The world of cosplay has unleashed some stunning creativity when it comes to integrating wheelchairs and other mobility devices into costume design.

You’ve got to check out the brilliant work they do over at Magic Wheelchair, building custom costume wheelchairs for kids.

But even at a more attainable, neighborhood-Halloween-costume-shop level, adaptive costumes aren’t just trendy, they’re starting to become normal.

However, at Pride Mobility, we still see some gaps in this emerging market. Just about all the retail costumes out there are for kids. We all know adults like to dress up every once in a while, too.

So in the absence of a wide selection of adaptive costumes, it’s up to you to get creative and experiment. Just in case your well of creativity is running a little dry, here at Pride Mobility we put together 5 excellent ideas to fill it up again.

1. DIY Mobility Device Transformation

Before we get too far on this first idea, remember to decorate only the frame of your scooter with your choice of accent.

Do not attach anything to the wheels or near the wheels to avoid creating a safety hazard. But there are still plenty of spots on your mobility scooter or power wheelchair frame that you can attach decorations to.

So grab a pack of zip ties and trick out your mobility scooter or power wheelchair with something like the following:

You should be able to find most of these things at your local arts and crafts store or buy them online with the links above.

If you ride a Pride mobility scooter with a standard front basket, pick a pop culture character, one who’s sure to grab attention, to stick in there and call it a day. The Child from the Star Wars “Mandalorian” series is instantly recognizable even among people who haven’t seen the show. He’s also adorable.

2. Tastefully Simple Costume

Wear a funny hat, tuck a big red flower behind your ear, dye your hair with temporary hair color. There are lots of ways to dress up and change your appearance without going full on bizarro.

A simple tweak to your getup, something out of the ordinary, will grab your friends’ and family’s attention and get you in on the action.

3. Buy a Halloween Costume for your Mobility Device

Not into DIY? Just buy it!

The retailer Target broke news a couple years ago when it began marketing adaptive and wheelchair costumes for kids with disabilities. Sure, they’re designed for kids, but who’s to say grownups can’t turn their power wheelchairs into a pirate ship, a magic carriage or a race car?

4. Go as a Pop Culture Character Who Uses a Mobility Device

You’ll need to tap some creativity and maybe even push some boundaries, but here are some fun characters to spoof as a pop culture character. Even though they’re all men, women can absolutely give it a shot. No matter what, just be prepared to start a conversation.

  • Professor X from “X-Men”
  • Christopher Reeves (Superman actor)

5. Tag-Team with Someone

Coordinated costumes always earn bonus points. For the fellas, go as Doc Brown and Marty McFly or Han Solo and Chewbacca. Ladies, grab two other friends, you could dress up as the trio of fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.” Only one pal handy? Try going as Velma and Daphne from “Scooby Doo.”

Complete the look with this wheelchair Mystery Machine costume we found on Etsy.

Accessible Autumn Activities

10 accessible activities for enjoying autumn

1. Check Out a Garden Center

This is probably your local garden center’s favorite time of year. It’s time to bring in all the local honey, the garlic, the corn stalks and hay bales, the craft artisans and the pumpkins.

Garden centers often have themed events and free or inexpensive activities for kids. Some might hire live entertainment for the afternoon or bring in the animals for a petting zoo.

2. Throw a Harvest Party (or find one to go to)

The choice is yours. You can go big or scale it down. Getting together with friends and loved ones in the autumn season feels fresh and exciting. The holidays bring on a ton of added stress, but meeting up before all that kicks off is a great way to connect with others in a low-expectation setting.

Just make sure there’s warm apple cider, baked treats and some kind of group activity. We found this fun emoji-Pictionary game on Etsy for you to try with your group.

3. Take the Grandkids to an Agritainment Park

A lot of family farms turn into agritainment centers in the fall. For many of them, it’s actually a way to keep their farms financially afloat with hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos and lots of other fall activities. So just by going, you’re helping to preserve legacy farms.

Many are free to get into; the more elaborate ones charge entry fees. Before you go, call ahead to see whether they are mobility-device accessible. If you ride a scooter like the Go-Go Sport 4-Wheel, unpaved or grassy terrain should be easy enough to manage. If you don’t have a scooter with a suspension system, see the next idea.

4. Visit Harvest Festivals and Street Fairs

If you rely on a mobility device, harvest festivals and street fairs are usually the best option compared to garden centers and agritainment parks. You have the benefit of riding on pavement, and vendors set up their stalls close to each other.

5. Celebrate the Season at Home

You don’t actually have to leave your home. Bake pie (then eat it), watch horror movies, make crafts, have a campfire and sit outside while the sun sets, wrapped up in your favorite quilt. Maybe these activities feel like obvious ways to celebrate the season. The key is you’ll be setting aside time to acknowledge the changing seasons and soak up the moment. After all, winter is coming.

6. Make a Summer Scrapbook

Time for a recap of everything you did this summer! Time to prowl social media for all the times you got tagged in photos. Ask your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews for their favorite summer memories and print them all out for a scrapbook. You and your loved ones will appreciate a keepsake you can all hold in your hands and remember together.

7. Let Go of Things You’ve Grown Out of

Let’s get deep for a second. While you’re enjoying the deep exhale the world takes in autumn, do a little breathing out of your own.

Just because we’re older doesn’t mean we’ve stopped growing. If there are things in your life that no longer suit you, maybe habits, routines, ways of thinking or even relationships that are getting tired — gracefully part ways. Trees need pruning to produce the most fruit; a grain harvest needs winnowing before it goes to the mill. We all need a little purging every once in a while to be at our best.

8. Make Your Own Halloween Costume

This is more fun if you have little ones in your life to do it with, but it can be just as fun on your own. A little costume makeup, a straw hat with some hot glue and colorful leaves from the backyard go a long way to transform you into a scarecrow.

In the same spirit (pun intended), you can use your costume makeup, a blank wide-brimmed hat with craft pom poms glued around the brim and wrapped in ribbon to become a Día de los Muertos mariachi.

9. Dine on the Season’s Menu

Squash, pumpkin, apples, pears, plums, cherries, corn. They’re all in season now and at their ripest. Incorporate seasonal ingredients into your cooking where you can or try something new.

10. Write Your Own Personal “Harvest” Inventory

While the farmers bring in their crops, take stock of all the great things in your own life with a personal inventory. On a quiet morning, grab some paper and a pencil and list all of the things you’re grateful for. Mental health experts say practicing personal gratitude regularly helps all of us focus more on the good things we have, and by extension less time on the things we lack.

Harvest season is about enjoying abundance, and if all of us stop long enough to look, we should find plenty of reasons to feel grateful.

What is retirement?

Just what is retirement? Retirement is one of life’s biggest pivot points. It’s the day you go from clocking in every morning to hanging your “Gone Fishin” sign and doing whatever you please. When the time comes to collect the gold watch, retirees face two major questions: what am I going to do with all this time? And can I afford it?

How are you going to spend your retirement?

When you close the book on your career, it’s time to pen your next chapter. The possibilities are limitless. Of course, there are the well-worn retirement tropes of time with grandkids, travel and golf. They’re among the first things we think of because what grandparent doesn’t want more grandkid time?  Likewise, what fisherman or golfer doesn’t dream of the freedom to enjoy their hobbies?

In retirement, we gain so much time. The 40 or more hours per week you spent on the job are yours again. For some people, filling that time is a breeze. Others struggle to transition. The most successful retirees find purpose, whether they volunteer or immerse themselves in activities.

On your Pride Mobility device, you can pursue your retirement dreams, whether they take you abroad or make life at home easier. Here are more options for how to fill your freshly-cleared calendar.

How do you fund retirement?

Nothing in life is free. Before you cash your last paycheck, it’s important you have savings and/or retirement benefits to fund your golden years. With increasing life expectancy, it’s common for people to live 20 or 30 more years after retirement. Here are some of the financial benefits you may be able to access.

Social Security

The vast majority of American workers pay into the Social Security system. At age 62, workers can collect early retirement, which is a reduced rate until they are at full retirement age. Full retirement age is 67 for anyone born after 1960. If you were born between 1943 and 1959, you can reference this Social Security Administration chart.

Social Security is based on your highest 35 years of earnings. The average retirement beneficiary takes home about 40% of their pre-retirement income from Social Security. For retirees over 67, a Social Security check is a start, but likely not significant enough for post-retirement jet-setting.

Defined Contribution Plan

Many who work in the private sector have a 401(k) retirement plan. This is a savings plan that includes your contribution as well as a match from your employer. There are similar defined contribution plans in other sectors. A 403(b) plan is for employees of  government and tax-exempt organizations like schools, churches and hospitals. State and municipal employees are offered a defined contribution plan called a 457 plan. Federal government employees, including the military, can enroll in a Thrift Savings Plan. All of these plans include contributions from the employee and the employer and can be accessed after a specified retirement age. Generally, the retirement age is 65 for these plans.

Other Financial Options

There are a wide range of other financial assets to help fund retirement. Investments, annuities and IRAs could be useful strategies depending on your situation.

Find Retirement Resources

Before you walk away from work, make sure you’re financially ready for retirement. Working with a financial planner or advisor is a good option. You can also access other resources, including through your employer’s 401(k) administrator.

There are helpful online tools like these retirement calculators from NerdWallet and Bankrate. AARP has a retirement resource center on its website that touches on everything from savings to social security. The Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which operates MyMoney.gov, also provides comprehensive information about retirement.

*please note this is not financial advice*

What are the Best Places to Retire in the U.S.?

Retirement is the light at the end of the career tunnel. The question of where to retire comes into focus as you approach that light. Plenty of people retire where they worked or near family. Others pick up stakes in search of the best places to retire in the U.S.

There are a few media organizations and research firms that take on the monumental task of rating the best place to retire. These lists consider factors like finances (cost of living, housing prices, taxes), health care (quality, availability) and wellness (walkability, available activities, happiness).

Combining factors like the population of seniors and median housing prices is good data science, but it misses the personal aspects of these decisions. How close a retirement destination is to family — or at least a convenient airport — might be important to you, but is difficult to factor into a national list.

Let’s look at some retirement destinations based on the 2021 best places to retire lists published by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and WalletHub.

U.S. News & World Report, which is best known for its influential college rankings, analyzed the largest 150 metro areas in the U.S. They compiled their Best Places to Retire list using housing affordability, health care quality, happiness and tax rates. Their methodology strongly favors the Sunshine State, as evidenced by Florida earning seven of the top 10 spots.

Retiring to Florida

U.S. News named Sarasota to the top spot in 2021. WalletHub, a website that offers credit scores and reports, ranks states and cities for retirees. They proclaimed Florida to be the best state to retire in 2021. WalletHub ranks Florida as the fourth most affordable state and the sixth highest quality of life in the union. There is no state income tax or estate tax in Florida, making it financially desirable.

Florida has a well-earned reputation as a great place to retire. The beaches and warm weather have been drawing retirees south for generations. Because of the steady stream of older folks, the state has adapted to the demographic.

Florida is home to The Villages, a 55 and older community with 132,000 residents. The Villages was on Forbes’ alphabetical list of 25 best places to retire. It boasts a median home price of $305,000, which is 7% lower than the national average. It also has a low crime rate and good weather.

The U.S. News list that Sarasota topped includes an eclectic smattering of residential towns and bustling cities. The Florida cities in the top 10 include Fort Myers (2), Port St. Lucie (3), Naples (4), Ocala (6), Miami (9) and Melbourne (10).

While WalletHub agrees with U.S. News on Florida’s superiority, the top cities are different. Their list is headed by Orlando, followed by Tampa (4), Ft. Lauderdale (8) and Miami (9). This list seems to favor larger metro areas, so city dwellers might be more drawn to this list.

Retiring to Tennessee

Tennessee lacks beaches, but the mild climate and lower than average cost of living make it a draw. Like Florida, Tennessee has no state income tax or estate tax. Conversely, Tennessee is less exposed to the effects of climate change and natural disasters than Florida.

Knoxville, which made its debut on the Forbes list, boasts a cost of living 15% below the national average. It is home to the University of Tennessee and its medical school. Aging residents might be drawn to the area because of the highly-ranked UT Medical Center and the abundance of medical professionals.

Nashville (Ranked 12 by U.S. News) is ideal for music-loving retirees. Spend your days relaxing and nights dancing to some of the best music around. The glow of country music’s past and present lights up the city. Vanderbilt Medical Center is located in Music City, adding the same health care upside as Knoxville.

Retiring to Arizona

Arizona is also a historically popular retirement site. It draws retiring west coasters and those who prefer to be far away from crashing waves. The state has no estate tax and no state income tax on Social Security earnings.

Scottsdale is the third best place to retire — trailing Orlando and Charleston, South Carolina — according to WalletHub. The luxurious city, which is known for its golf courses, is also No. 2 on their quality of life index, behind Freemont, California.

Forbes ranked two Arizona towns in its top 25.

Sun City is a 55 and older active senior community northeast of Phoenix. Home prices are 27% below the national median and the cost of living falls 5% under the national average. Sun City has the distinction of having more golf courses than days of the week. There are eight courses within the town’s six miles.

Located 20 miles south of Tucson is Green Valley. This popular destination for seniors has many retirement communities and a good ratio of doctors to patients. Aside from hot days and cool nights, Green Valley has a cost of living 9% below the national average and home prices 30% below the median.

What is Crypton Fabric?

Why does Pride use Crypton Super Fabric?

When we talk about furniture fabric, hospital-grade and peak luxury rarely show up in the same sentence.

In most cases, you can have one or the other: microbe-resistant and easy-to-clean or soft and elegant. At Pride Mobility, we’re changing the game with our partners at Crypton. We think you should be able to do both in one comfortable lift chair recliner.

Crypton’s Super Fabric — which we use at Pride to build several of our favorite lift chair recliner lines — repels stains and germs, withstands a variety of cleaning products (even a 10% bleach solution if performed correctly) and still looks and feels amazing.

Faux leather gets all the attention; maybe with good reason: some of the faux leather options in the VivaLift! Collection are absolutely stunning. But there are plenty of reasons a sensible person would never buy faux leather.

Fabric upholstery feels soft and nuzzling, unlike faux leather, which takes a minute to warm up when you sit down (unless of course you go with Pride’s warming seat options).

Maybe the leather look simply doesn’t fit your aesthetic or decor. Maybe the creaky sound of leather bothers you. Maybe you don’t like the way throw pillows slide around. 

Whatever the reason, if you’re looking for a clean, soft fabric lift chair recliner, keep reading. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about Crypton Super Fabric, including how it works, how to clean it and which Pride lift chair recliners use it.

How Crypton Super Fabric works

A stack of patented engineering techniques weave together a textile so durable, the U.S. EPA designated it a solid surface, according to the company.

Unlike laminated fabrics, Crypton uses an integrated backing that doesn’t separate. That means it’s better at resisting bacteria and moisture, which cause odor.

In addition, Crypton uses silver and other chemical processes in its manufacturing that prohibit mold, harmful bacteria and viruses including:

  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • E coli
  • MRSA
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis

Pretty incredible stuff, right?

That’s not all. Crypton doesn’t use formaldehyde or other ingredients that release volatile organic compounds into the air. In addition, Crypton does not use PFOS or PFOA, which have become a pervasive pollutant from both consumer and industrial products manufacturing.

How to clean Crypton fabric

So Crypton uses powerful stain, odor and microbe resistant technology, but just like any household product that sees heavy use, you will need to clean it sooner or later.

In most cases, like if something spills, you can usually just blot it up quickly with a clean dry towel or sponge. In the case of deeper stains, like when a spill goes unnoticed for a while, you might need to break out the cleaning supplies (understandably, Crypton warns that stains from some things like permanent marker or nail polish may never come out).

Crypton actually does not recommend using bleach, since other gentler products are just as effective.

In fact, the manufacturer recommends a simple solution: ¼ teaspoon of Tide or Woolite laundry detergent, or Dawn dish soap, to 1 cup of lukewarm water.

Apply by misting with a spray bottle and don’t over saturate.

Scrub lightly with a sponge or soft bristle brush. Work in from the outside of the stain and rinse the sponge frequently. Make sure to remove any soap residue and let it air dry completely.

If your cleaning routine demands bleach, some Crypton fabrics can withstand a 1:10 bleach solution (one part bleach, 10 parts water).

Check out Crypton’s FAQ on cleaning with bleach before doing it.

Finally, Crypton has its own line of cleaning products, stain removers and deodorizers specially formulated for its upholstery fabrics.

Which Pride Mobility lift chair recliners use Crypton?

Heritage Collection

If there was an archetype lift chair recliner, the Heritage Collection would be it. It’s got a classic style and construction with more than a dozen upholstery options, including four Crypton Super Fabric colors: Espresso, Cool Grey, Red and Sand.

Infinity Collection

Crypton looks good on infinite position possibilities. The Infinity Collection, again with a ton of other upholstery material options, offers the same Crypton color palette (Espresso, Cool Grey, Red and Sand) plus versatile controls that give you full control over the footrest, backrest and headrest independently.

Check out Infinity’s heat and massage options, too!

Oasis Collection

Nobody needs to sit in an Oasis Collection lift chair recliner to know it’s comfy. Add the velvety soft finish of Crypton Super Fabric, and you’ve got an overstuffed recipe for worry-free snoozing.

In fact we’re feeling sleepy just talking about it. Nap time, anyone?

VivaLift! Recliners Feature Wireless Chargers for Smartphones

It’s almost game time. You settle into your comfortable VivaLift! Atlas Plus lift chair recliner, daydreaming about the looming kickoff, family time and guacamole. Your kids are coming over for the game and they’re in charge of snacks.

From a relaxed, reclined position, you pick up your cell phone. It’s fully charged because it was nestled in the hideaway wireless charging station that is built into the right armrest. You call your son and find out he’s five minutes away. Now content that food and fun are imminent, you flip on the pregame show.

How Does Wireless Charging Work?

After years of plugging a little piece of metal into the bottom of your phone, a wireless charging station might look too good to be true. The little platform might appear to be an arbitrary place to set your phone, but many charge just as effectively as the traditional corded charger.

The standard wireless charging system is called Qi (pronounced: chee). Most modern smartphones have a copper receiver coil built into the back. The charging pad on the Atlas Plus and VivaLift! Radiance collections have copper transmitter coils. By simply setting the phone on the charger, an electromagnetic field is created between the receiver and transmitter, which charges the phone battery.

What Phones Work with the VivaLift! Wireless Charger?

Qi wireless charging has become the standard technology embraced by cell phone  manufacturers like Apple and Samsung. All iPhones made after the iPhone 8 are compatible with the charging station.

Samsung offers plenty of smartphones capable of wireless charging, including:

  • Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra
  • Z Flip
  • Note10 and Note10+ Fold
  • S10e, S10 and S10+
  • Note9
  • S9 and S9+
  • Note8
  • S8 and S8+
  • S7 and S7 edge
  • Note5
  • S6 edge+, S6 edge and S6.The charging station on select Pride Mobility lift recliners is universal. If your phone has the receiver coils for Qi charging, it will work.

Older smartphones don’t have the built-in receiver coils that are common today. If you have an older smartphone, like an iPhone 7 or earlier, you’ll need a wireless charging adapter. Amazon sells adapters that attach to your phone and make it compatible with Qi wireless chargers.

What are the Limitations of Wireless Charging?

As shown above, there are many smartphones that are ready to take a charge from your lift chair recliner. Even more phones are eligible for easy wireless charging with an adapter. Unfortunately, that still leaves some phones behind in the technical dust. Wireless charging isn’t an option for those committed to rapidly-disappearing flip phones or smartphones without coils or adapters.

Other technological innovations use wireless charging. Wireless headphones and smartwatches are the latest to pioneer the technology. At present, they require specific chargers so they won’t charge on the VivaLift! charging station.

Learn More about the VivaLift Atlas Plus

The VivaLift! Atlas Plus Collection proudly sits at the intersection of luxury comfort and cutting edge technology. Available in three exquisite fabrics, this stylish recliner will complement your decor. The plush and inviting chair is equipped for a fully customizable sitting experience. It has a power headrest, lumbar, backrest and footrest extension. The soft-touch remote lets you position everything just right, whether you’re sitting up at attention for the game or laidback for a halftime nap.

The VivaLift! Atlas Plus Collection is available exclusively to Authorized Pride brick-and-mortar providers. Call your local Pride provider for more information.

Learn More About the VivaLift! Radiance

The VivaLift! Radiance Collection offers a totally customizable seating experience with adjustable power headrest, lumbar, backrest and footrest extension. It also brings some heat to the power recliner market. The Radiance has three built-in heating pads at the shoulders, lumbar and seat. Imagine you find the perfect position. We’re talking about legs elevated just right, back slightly inclined and being gently warmed. Then, your spouse comes along and moves the settings to their liking. The VivaLift! Radiance won’t forget about you. It has two programmable memory positions. When it’s your turn, press the button and transport back to your perfect position.

Activities To Do With Grandchildren

6 unusual ways to spend time with your grandchildren that they’ll absolutely love

Activities together anchor our relationships. They give us something to look forward to when we see each other and a way to stay connected when we’re not together.

September is Intergenerational Month, a time to celebrate the differences between youth and agedness and also the ties that bring us together.

All generations learn by engaging with the ones that came before and after. Our grandkids need our advice as much as we need their creativity and tech savvy when it comes to programming the TV or swapping printer ink cartridges.

For Intergenerational Month, we have a list of six somewhat unusual ways you can spend time with and connect with your grandchildren of all ages. We’re all busy (and so are they), so these ideas are easily accomplished in a single visit or a little bit over time.

Young children

1. Send letters, the old fashioned way

Kids love receiving mail. Write letters to your young grandchildren telling them about your day and the things you see and experience. It doesn’t matter if you live closeby (or even if you live with them) or far apart. Encourage them to write back like a pen pal, but it also works if they don’t. Keep it up once a month or every other week. Over time, you can forge an intimate bond with your grandkids, one they’ll cherish forever.

2. Create a family history

This can be done in one sitting or piecemeal over time. You can be as detailed and formal or as casual as you like. Write out your family tree and describe each character. Ask your grandchildren to draw pictures of each person to populate the tree. It’s a great way to teach them about where they come from and help them connect with their ancestors and distant relatives.

As you can imagine, this gets even more interesting when you’re part of a blended family.

Tweens and teens

1. Make a TikTok video with them

This one requires you to abandon common sense and maybe even a little dignity, but it can be super fun and a way to connect with your grandkids doing something that’s important to them.

If you’re a little confused to start, ask them what TikTok is and to show you some of their own videos. If you have limited mobility, you might not be able to do the milk crate challenge (again, ask your grandkids; it’s ridiculous), but there are plenty of other viral trends you can jump on. Ask them what kinds of videos they like to make and see if they have any ideas for a way to collaborate.

Tell them you want to try going viral. The internet is full of grandparents who shock the world by doing funny things on social media. You might be the next viral sensation, or at least part of the reason your grandkid achieves some momentary stardom.

2. Prank their parents

It’s a war between you guys and your kids. Harmless pranks, pulled at the right time, help you and your grandchildren grow closer (and also prove that you can be fun, too!).

Your grandchildren probably have their own ideas of ways to befuddle their parents. Ask if they have any ideas for harmless pranks (emphasis on harmless). If not, check out some of these ideas

Adult grandchildren

1. Share a bottle of wine and swap stories

You’ve got a lifetime’s worth of experience they can learn from. A bottle of wine (or a pot of tea if wine isn’t your thing) becomes an intersection for you to talk about important decisions you made, milestones in your life or hard lessons. The conversation should be natural and in search of mutual engagement. Invite them over to visit for nothing more than to spend time together. For many families who only see each other on holidays, that kind of request may be surprising enough, so you might have to start even slower than that.

When you do finally get together, see where the conversation goes. Show interest in their own experiences. You just might learn something, too!

2. Give them something precious to you

No matter how old, just about every grandkid loves receiving gifts from their grandparents. It makes them feel special. It doesn’t have to be something valuable, like jewelry or a car or anything. But it should have a good story behind it.

The transaction should be intentional, maybe even a little ceremonious. Make sure first that they’re responsible enough to treasure it like you do, then explain why you’re giving it to them. It helps if the object has some kind of mutual importance.

For example, if you both like working on cars together, give them an old wrench set. If they’re interested in learning how to knit, an old pair of knitting needles. If you share music, maybe some sheet music or an LP of favorite showtunes. Old things have their own intrinsic value simply because they’re old. Letting go for posterity gives you a sense that the thing will live on and continue to give the next generation utility or enjoyment. For your grandchildren, it helps them connect with the duty they have to carry on a legacy