SpinLife : Get Out. Get Inspired. : Mobility DME Health Living and Fun 2016-11-30T14:59:50Z http://spinlife.university/feed/atom/ WordPress http://spinlife.university/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/favicon.png Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1809 2016-11-30T14:59:50Z 2016-11-30T14:59:50Z In 1992, the United Nations founded the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated annually on December 3rd, around the world. The theme for 2016’s International Day is, “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want,” which draws attention to the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals that strive to create a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. What’s inspiring about this year’s theme is that the “17 goals” don’t stem from merely those with disabilities, but they are literally the U.N.’s initiatives for all people around the world. The goals range from ending hunger to quality education to gender equality to climate action, and so on. Truly, what this year’s theme says is that people with disabilities are… well… just people after all. That’s an empowering, inclusive world view. See, among the foremost reasons those with disabilities have been historically disenfranchised around the globe is because their needs – read that, our needs, among those of us with disabilities – have been viewed as somehow different. Of course, there’s never truly been a difference. Those of us who have disabilities have always needed, wanted and deserved what everyone else needs, wants and deserves – that is, education, family, […]

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Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[Disability and Illness: Looking at the Positive Side]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1800 2016-11-23T13:57:06Z 2016-11-23T13:57:06Z When it comes to disability and illness, no one wants or wishes it. Yet, for many of us, they are a part of life. And, there within that phrase – it’s part of life – resides a key perspective. Yes, disability and illness can be challenging, harrowing and difficult. Yet, may I be bold enough to ask, might they also be life-affirming? As one who’s had a severe disability for 45 years, works among those with disability and illness, and is immersed in disability culture, I’ve had unique insight into all of the ways disability and illness impact our lives – including for the better. I know it sounds counter-intuitive that disability and illness can positively impact our lives, but they truly can. While it’s very clear how we’re adversely affected by disability and illness, the rewards are equally poignant. Disability and illness can bring astounding levels of humility and perspective to our lives, and allow us to sometimes see a kinder world, to experience the best in others, to realize what’s truly important. Yes, disability and illness can shine a light on that which is right in our lives, not just the tough stuff. Roll up to a door […]

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Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[Honoring Caregivers during National Family Caregivers month]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1778 2016-11-17T18:24:39Z 2016-11-17T18:24:39Z   In honoring caregivers, let us not only be thankful for the care we may receive, but likewise be thankful for those who care. Family caregivers know this first hand. It is said that we never realize how loved we are until times of need. There’s truth to that – a wonderful truth. However, there’s a second truth: we don’t know how deeply we can love until we give of ourselves to someone in need. When adversity strikes our health, it’s astounding how so many caregivers rise in our most vulnerable times, with grace and dignity that doesn’t just physically help us, but also emotionally heals us. It can be as simple as a neighbor who brings a home-cooked meal every eve, or as complex as a spouse who must help bathe us. Sometimes it’s a paid, skilled professional, with a heart of gold, who goes beyond a job description to address not just the patient, but also the person. Indeed, caregivers are diverse, varying based on the situation. Yet, they share one common trait: they put one in need before oneself. Caregivers don’t just care – they give of themselves, selflessly, in an authentic way that reveals the purest […]

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Sona Mehring http://www.caringbridge.org <![CDATA[5 Caregiving Tips to Help You Navigate the Holidays (and Beyond)]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1718 2016-11-15T21:27:30Z 2016-11-15T16:35:33Z In honor of all caregivers out there, SpinLife hopes you will find these caregiving tips helpful. When you’re stepping up to help a friend or loved one on a health journey, the holidays can become an extra-stressful time. In addition to your already-jammed to-do list, being a caregiver during the holidays demands a good chunk of extra time – as well as taking more of a financial and emotional toll.   I came up with some resources for you: insights, ideas and caregiving tips designed to help you navigate the holidays and “keep your merry up” this year. 1. Stay Connected In the article “How words have the power to heal” by CNNHealth.com contributor, Amanda Enayati, she describes how blogging helped save her life by providing her with a therapeutic outlet to share her experience. If you’re facing a less-than-merry holiday season because of an overloaded to-do list, it helps to share your experience, and embrace the support and positive attitudes of your friends.   Stay in touch, don’t cut yourself off, and be open to any assistance they want to give to help ease your holiday stress. Having a strong, supportive network is as important for you as it is to the […]

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Lisa Rohlfing <![CDATA[Spotlight on the new Space saver power lift-recline chair]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1764 2016-11-14T13:55:33Z 2016-11-14T13:55:33Z Looking for a power lift-recline chair but just don’t have the space? Golden Technologies has the answer in their super plush, brand new Space Saver power lift-recline chair model PR-931. This is exciting news for folks that really want the comfort of an all power recline chair that won’t gobble up your whole room! This chair effortlessly lifts the footrest, glides forward as it reclines back, so it can be placed a mere 4, 5 or 6, inches (depending on the size chair you choose) from the wall and still reach a relaxing recline. Of course the other huge feature of a power lift-recline chair is that they fold up, return to seated and then lift you gently to your feet without effort. Perfect for anyone that has a difficult time getting out of that easy chair without help. Super plush fabrics make this power lift recliner soft and welcoming. Offered in 5 standard color choices, you are sure to find one perfect for your personal décor. The double seamed backrest offers great support, and the fully upholstered chaise pad is comfy for your legs since there is no gap between the seat and the footrest. The arms, back and […]

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