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Kate R.

August 11, 2016

5 Fantastic Accessible Playgrounds

Jakes Place accessible playgrounds

Playgrounds have come a long way over the years- check out these accessible playgrounds

It’s not enough anymore to make sure that basic ramps are in place or that standard safety measures are applied. These days, accessible playgrounds are meant for everyone—young and old—to have fun, interact and experience the freedom of learning and play. These places cater to people of all ages with sensory, physical or psychological  needs, as well as the needs of their friends, parents and caregivers.

Here are a handful of our favorites:

Clemyjontri Park, Fairfax County, Virginia

Managed by the County of Fairfax, Clemyjontri is two acres of color and imagination, with everything from a wheelchair drag strip to a wheelchair accessible carousel. A little something for everyone, whether you want to climb and run, or just touch and interact.

6317 Georgetown Pike  McLean, Virginia 22101

Accessible playgrounds Little girl in X'Cape wheelchair wearing TuTu

 

 

 

Jake’s Place, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Located in Challenge Grove Park, creators refer to Jake’s Place as a “boundless” playground that offers children and adults with special needs with action, lifts slides and sensory activities.  There are even special areas where autistic kids can take off by themselves.

132 Bortons Mill Rd Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

 

Can-Do Playground, Wilmington, Delaware

Located inside the Alapocas Run State Park, this park is nestled in and around gardens and trees, creating an oasis of play for everyone.  Adapted swings, raised sandboxes and mazes give children with almost any level of ability something to do.

Accessible playgrounds two boys playing, one boy in Quickie 2 wheelchair

4361 Weldin Road Wilmington, DE 19803

 

 

Reese’s Retreat, Pasadena, California

What’s better than pirates and a ship to go with them?  Reese’s Retreat is almost a half-acre of accessible fun, with wheel-chair friendly flooring, along with the water and sand play any pirate might expect.

360 N. Arroyo Blvd Pasadena, CA  91103

Accessible playgrounds, special needs child in stroller with lady

Preston’s H.O.P.E.

The largest fully accessible playground in northeast Ohio. Preston’s has everything from kid’s sized houses and stores to sand area and theater.

26001 South Woodland Rd. Beachwood, Ohio 44122

 

February 26, 2016

Top 10 Movies about Aging

Have you had just about enough of action thrillers, space epics and teen-age love?  Me too.  That’s why I set out to make a list of my first movies starring….mature people.

In honor of the Academy Awards,  I have chosen my 10 favorites.  In fact, I was surprised how many good movies I found that celebrate aging. Chances are, there are others that deserve a top slot. But these are the ones I settled on.

  1. Driving Miss Daisy (1989). An old Jewish woman her black chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.   Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in a classic that covers topics of bigotry, racism, age and independence.

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2. The Bucket List (2007) Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.  Mmmmm…Morgan’s name comes up a lot in this list.

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February 12, 2016

Sit Healthy!

PR-712 Zero Gravity Pub Chair by Golden
PR-712 Zero Gravity Pub Chair by Golden

Sitting down can seem like a great way to ease the ache of knees or back, but did you know that sitting for extended periods of time can cause its own problems?

The fact is that inactivity can lead to other illnesses, poor circulation, as well as its own set of aches and pains.

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February 7, 2016

Welcome To Our New Blog!

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new blog – SpinLiving.

SpinLife is known for being the #1 online retailer for mobility products, but we also have great advice and helpful tools to help people find the right products for their needs.

We launched SpinLife University several months ago—an online resource center for mobility information. We have over 100 articles there, such as “How to Choose between a Manual or Power Wheelchair” and “The Difference Between 3 & 4-Wheeled Scooters.” We are always continuing to update SpinLife University with useful information about how to choose mobility products, as well as maintenance information and other advice.

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