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May 5, 2016

How to Maximize Power Wheelchair Performance? Lets ask Mark!

Dear SpinLife,

My new Spinlife Power Wheelchair was just delivered. In getting used to it, do you have any recommendations and tips on how I can maximize power wheelchair performance? I live in Detroit and plan on using it a lot around town. Thanks. -Motoring in the Motor City


 

Maximize power wheelchair performance

Hello Motoring in the Motor City,

Congratulations on your first power chair. There’s no doubt it’s going to get you out and about, giving you the mobility you need and deserve.

I know it may sound a bit basic, but the first tip toward maximizing your power wheelchair performance is to read the owner’s manual. It illustrates all of the features, including vital ones, such as how to operate the hand control (joystick), use the free-wheel levers (for manual pushing in an emergency), adjust aspects like the seat height, footplate, and so on. Some users simply sit in a new power chair and go, but it’s vital to read the owner’s manual, learning all of the functions and features of your power chair.

Now that you’ve read the owner’s manual, and are an expert on your power chair, let’s turn you into a pro….

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April 25, 2016

Product Spotlight: The New LiteRider Mini Scooter

Compact travel scooter

Meet the new LiteRider Mini super-easy transportable travel scooter by Golden Technologies.

Spring is in full swing, leaving us ready to burst out of winter’s doldrums and celebrate the great outdoors again. That being said, if you are one of us who may need a little help when it comes to walking, Golden has come up with a great new option: the LiteRider Mini.

Like its big brother the LiteRider, the Mini sports tubular aluminum construction for lightweight strength that’s easy to handle and grip. Rubber grid floor mats replace the carpeting seen on many models, and makes cleaning a breeze. We love the fact that they have two storage baskets- one on the tiller, and a second basket under the seat, which is nice and secure. Speaking of the seat, they’ve upgraded the seat with an extra cushy seat overlay for your riding comfort.

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April 19, 2016

Reflecting on Earth Day

This weekend my granddaughter reminded me that it’s Earth Week, with Friday being Earth Day.  She said it so nonchalantly as if the holiday has always existed but it caused me to pause and reflect for a moment on the time before Earth Day and how far we’ve come.

SpinLife blog Earth from Space Earth Day 2016

Earth from Space

Almost 40 years ago the crew of Apollo 8 took a picture of earth as they orbited the moon in preparation for the first lunar landing mission. And for the first time, Earth was revealed as a blue jewel against the vastness of space and in contrast with the barren lunar surface.   Our planet suddenly became not just fields, forests, oceans and mountains:  It was a complete global entity.   And the greatest change in our sense of the world since Columbus sailed for the Indies and didn’t fall off the edge of the watery void.

At the same time, works such as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) and Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth (1968) by R. Buckminster Fuller brought the need for conservation efforts to greater public attention than ever before.   President Nixon was persuaded to establish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which both consolidated several smaller agencies and strengthened the aspects of oversight and penalties for infractions.

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April 13, 2016

Phone Scamming: 3 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe

Avoid Phnoe Scammers

With the rise of Internet communication, we may not be as concerned as we should be to avoid phone scamming. Yet every year thousands of people lose money and sometimes even their identities through phone scamming.

Let’s take a look at some easily recognizable ways our security can be at risk, and then talk about three ways to protect ourselves.

First: Recognize the Scam:phone scamming

Being able to recognize a scam is the first and most important way to protect yourself from being taken advantage of.  There are common phrases that should immediately give cause for caution.  If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  If you hear any of these, you are most likely being hooked by a crook.

  • You’ve been specially selected (for this offer).
  • You’ll get a free bonus if you buy our product.
  • You’ve won one of five valuable prizes.
  • This investment is low risk and Provides higher outcome than you’ll get anywhere else.

Scammers will use fast talk and pressure to get you to agree to hidden costs and charges. After recognizing these phrases or ones similar, it’s best to not continue the conversation and end the call.

 

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April 5, 2016

Shop at Home: Sensible, Safe Internet Shopping

          Safe internet shopping offers many avenues for making our lives more convenient and accessible. With just a few clicks of the mouse and a combination of keystrokes we can have anything the market has to offer delivered right to the front door.

Internet shopping is not only practical it’s exciting! But there are ways to be taken advantage of. Here are two key considerations to help protect your funds and your identity.

Safe internet shopping

online shopping is convenient

Know Your Vendor: In face-to-face transactions, it’s always a good choice to buy from companies you know and trust, like SpinLife. Safe internet shopping is no different. How do you know if the website you’re using is safe? There are three things to look for: the URL, the SSL (secure sockets layer), and the lock. Before you buy, look at the URL in the address bar. Is everything spelled correctly? Often scammers will use common misspellings of popular websites to fool unsuspecting buyers. If everything is spelled correctly, look at the domain at the end of the address, is it a less commonly used domain such as .net rather than .com? If so, you may have been redirected to another website. If your website is spelled correctly and ending in the correct domain, good!

SSL capture

Spinlife.com secure online checkout. Notice “https” at the beginning, and the closed padlock to the far right

There are only a few more things to look for to ensure a safe purchase. Look at the letters in front of the URL. The SSL encryption is present if the first letters of the URL are HTTPS:// rather than HTTP://. The last thing to look for is the picture of a closed padlock, which will be either at the end of the URL in the address bar, or in the status bar at the bottom of your browser.

Know What’s Required:

You’ve chosen your merchandise and you’ve checked all of the above; now you’re ready to pay!

Understanding what most vendors will ask of you will help prevent giving away sensitive and valuable parts of your identity. You should never give your entire Social Security Number to confirm payment, and rarely will you give your birthday.  Most websites will ask simply for your credit card number, expiration date, the name on the card, and sometimes the CCV (three digit code on the back)
Groceries, medical supplies, gifts, electronics and so much more are available to you online! And with a little smart shopping, your needs can be met with little to no risk. Happy safe spending from your friends at Spinlife!