Maintaining Mobility

By Carol Daus Assistive equipment helps the geriatric population stay active and independent. Today’s seniors have never been more on the go. Between postponing retirement and participating in sports and activities once relegated to the young, most people over the age of 65 are living much more active lives than their parents did. Given thisContinue reading “Maintaining Mobility”

Medication Misuse and Abuse: Know the Signs

Although prescription drug abuse is a widespread problem, there is an increasing risk for medication misuse and abuse among older adults. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and their page, “Specific Populations and Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse,” older adults and seniors are more likely to experience problems with medication.Continue reading “Medication Misuse and Abuse: Know the Signs”

Understanding the Risks of Osteoporosis

Known as the “silent disease,” osteoporosis causes bones to become thin, porous and brittle, resulting in fractures. Some of the most common fractures occur in the hips and spine. According to the New York State Department of Health, individuals with a physical disability are at a higher risk for osteoporosis. There are several reasons forContinue reading “Understanding the Risks of Osteoporosis”

Remodeling Your Home for Accessibility

Although there are many questions raised when faced with an aging or disabled family member, one important question is whether a home can be adapted for a mobility device. Many families may decide it is easier to move. Before taking that step, however, read Cynthia Wilson’s article, “How to Remodel for Accessibility.” Wilson interviewed ToddContinue reading “Remodeling Your Home for Accessibility”

Smoking and Lungs, Skin, Bladder

You already know that a spinal cord injury causes an impairment of the muscles involved in breathing – the higher the injury, the greater the impairment. That’s strike one. The fact that smoking is harmful to your lungs is hardly news. Still, that’s strike two. How smoking affects your lungs – just what happens whenContinue reading “Smoking and Lungs, Skin, Bladder”

Switching to a Power Chair

For many SCI survivors, recapturing independence is your single most significant achievement. You view any concessions to that independence – accepting more help, using more or different equipment – as giving up, as failure, as the ultimate defeat. But it’s hard to deny the fatigue and pain that may come from years of pushing aContinue reading “Switching to a Power Chair”

The Benefits of Exercising, Even with Limited Mobility

When limited by an injury or disability, individuals tend to lead inactive lifestyles. There’s good news, however! Even if you are limited by your mobility or use a motorized wheelchair or electric scooter, there are still ways to be active and live a healthy life. According to the article “How to Exercise if You HaveContinue reading “The Benefits of Exercising, Even with Limited Mobility”