SpinLife : Get Out. Get Inspired. : Mobility DME Health Living and Fun 2017-01-31T21:42:34Z http://spinlife.university/feed/atom/ WordPress http://spinlife.university/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/favicon.png Lisa Rohlfing <![CDATA[Diagnosis: Dementia. Repetitive behavior; Survival Secrets for Caregivers]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1940 2017-01-31T21:35:18Z 2017-01-31T21:42:34Z They refer to it as the Dementia Epidemic. As many as 5.2 million people in America are living with this disease. To review: Dementia is an umbrella term describing a variety conditions that develop when nerve cells in the brain die or no longer function normally. The damages to these nerve cells cause changes in one’s memory, behavior and ability to think clearly In the next installment in the series, I’d like to discuss a common trait exhibited by individuals diagnosed with dementia: Repetitive behavior. That behavior may be exhibited as an action- like searching for something, changing the channels on the remote, or verbally-like repeating a question, or making the same statement over and over. For caregivers, repetitive behavior is enough to get on your last nerve. You may remember Bill Murray’s memorable performance in Goundhog Day, the 1993 movie where he plays Phil- a TV weatherman doomed to live out the same day every day, for the rest of his life. Answering the same question over and over, day after day can make you feel like Phil, and you are certainly not alone. First let’s talk about some of the reasons a person with dementia may repeat. The most obvious reason is short […]

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Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[Who’s Caring for Caregivers?]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1931 2017-01-25T15:32:57Z 2017-01-25T19:53:03Z Among those of us in our 40s, 50s and 60s, huge numbers  are called upon to provide caring for aging relatives. More than ever before. By 2020, for the first time in human history, there will be more individuals over 65 than children under the age of 5. What this astounding statistic translates to is that for many of us, if we’re not caring for our aging spouses, we’re likely caring for our parents and grandparents. And if we, ourselves, aren’t caregivers, we undoubtedly are close to someone who is. With this reality, an intriguing and vital need has arisen: How do we care for caregivers? While we naturally focus on those who need caregiving due to medical necessity, the fact is, primary caregivers – most often spouses and children – have profoundly important needs, as well. How do we as a society and as individuals assess and support those needs? The first step as those on the outside is to recognize the breath of the situation the caregiver is addressing. Often caregivers, based on pure love, shoulder far more responsibility than they express. Caregivers can feel every emotion from ultimate obligation to feeling as though their own needs are less important, so they […]

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Courtney Skean <![CDATA[Relieve Pressure Using these Effective Wheelchair Stretches]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=311 2017-01-18T18:06:08Z 2017-01-18T12:05:38Z Stretching and exercise are great ways to relieve pressure issues that come with prolonged sitting. Here are a couple of easy stretches that can be done, every day and without drawing undue attention to the exercise. Each technique can be done independently or with assistance; depending on your strength and balance. Be sure you are in a wheelchair of adequate weight when doing these stretches- for safety’s sake Leaning forward and from side to side: Leaning from side to side relieves pressure over one buttock at a time. Lock your wheels, hold onto the other armrest and lean your body to the opposite side, taking the weight off one buttock at a time. Repeat with the opposite side. Lean forward with both hands to relieve pressure from your bottom. You don’t need to feel “obvious” when doing this- we all shift around and change positions continuously. Think of the forward lean as just some time “fixing” your shoe laces, feet or the hem of your pants to achieve your pressure relief         Crossing your legs: These techniques are easy to do and are less obvious in public places to relieve pressure. You can cross one leg over the other and lean […]

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Lisa Rohlfing <![CDATA[Can lift chairs help prevent falls? Learn how today!]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1898 2017-01-04T21:21:44Z 2017-01-04T21:13:27Z January is National Falls Prevention month, and SpinLife is doing it’s part by hosting our Lift Chair Event. How can a lift chair help prevent falls you may ask? You may be surprised at the answer! Statistics prove that among our aging population, falls account for an enormous number of injuries every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 4 older adults fall each year. About half of those are unreported, but 2.8 million older adults are treated in emergency rooms each year for fall related injury. 2.8 million! Many factors contribute to the increased risk of falling, and at the top of the list is lower body weakness. Lower body weakness has many causes. Lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle and a myriad of medical conditions cause muscle loss. Muscle loss in turn causes the lessening of strength in your lower body. Muscles beginning at your feet and ankles, all the way up to the gluteus maximus contribute to your ability to maintain your balance. They also allow you to get up from a sitting position to standing. When those muscles lack strength, your balance will be affected, and simply getting up from […]

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Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[Join with Us and Celebrate the True Spirit of the New Year]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1889 2016-12-29T21:37:27Z 2016-12-29T14:43:51Z In modern times, New Year’s resolutions are goals for the coming year. However, the New Year tradition dates back over 4,000 years, and was actually about reflecting on the prior year. Put simply, it was about looking back, as opposed to looking forward, and using that momentum to improve. There’s a lot of empowerment in using the New Year to look back. After all, through the good times and the tough times of the past year, we made it! It’s via this enlightened lens that New Year’s serves as an especially poignant annual milestone for those of us living with disability, illness or any adversity. We made it! For those among us who made it through our first year of adversity, it’s a wonderful time to look back on the strengths and wisdom gained – maybe some we didn’t fathom we had until we drew it from deep within. Those among us who have faced years or a lifetime of adversity know it’s a fitting time to look back and remind ourselves how far we’ve traveled on this journey. For all of us, it’s an opportunity to realize that we made it with courage and tenacity through the year, and […]

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