Dealing with Grief: When Life Irrevocably Changes

Jul 02, 2015
Dealing with Grief: When Life Irrevocably Changes

I originally wrote about my friend Stella in an article called “Active and Healthy Aging: Keys to Living Well”, see Active and Healthy Aging: Keys to Living Well.

On March 25, 2015, my life irrevocably changed.  Stella, my 92-year-old, friend died.  I received the news by phone from her daughter and all I remember hearing was “She’s gone.”  Four days prior to that, Stella was going about her usual routines – going to the library, going to the grocery store, completing typical tasks.


Autism, Sleep, and Exercise

Jul 01, 2015
Autism, Sleep, and Exercise

Did you know that children ages 6 to 13 years need a recommended 9-11 hours of sleep? Did you know that children ages 6 to 17 years need a recommended 60 minutes of exercise every day? Lastly, did you know that research shows a correlation between individuals with autism, exercise, and sleep?


What You Need to Know When Hiring Persons with Disabilities

Jun 29, 2015
What You Need to Know When Hiring Persons with Disabilities

Employers these days are aware of the fact that hiring adults with disabilities adds value to their business. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, “a covered entity shall not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability.” This is applicable to job application procedures, recruitment, job training, and advancement and discharge of employees etc.


Power Wheelchair for Your Needs

Jun 26, 2015
Power Wheelchair for Your Needs

Purchasing a power wheelchair for you or someone else can be intimidating if you do not know what best suits your needs. As power wheelchairs are expensive, I wanted to write a post that would help you make the right choice when purchasing a power wheelchair. There are many variables you need to take into consideration such as your home environment, personal measurements, transportation and the terrain you will be using your battery powered wheelchair on. Regardless of where you find a power wheelchair for sale, by following this guide, you’ll end up selecting the best power wheelchair for your needs.


Major Factors in Alzheimer and Dementia Disease

Jun 25, 2015
Major Factors in Alzheimer and Dementia Disease

Smoking is said to be related to the development of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Disease in people. Is this true? Please read on to learn more. There is a lot of scientific proof that the two are associated with each other closely. In 2014, there as a scientific report entitled “Tobacco Use & Dementia,” which was a very comprehensive scientific review of tobacco use, secondhand smoke, and the incidence rates that go along with all types dementia that did include Alzheimer’s.


Exploring The Best Furniture for People with Disabilities

Jun 24, 2015
Exploring The Best Furniture for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities may appear to be unfortunate, but they do not all present themselves in this light. Instead, they keep right on trucking and never allow the world to get them down. Of course, they do rely on some specific products and individuals to provide them with support from time to time. In fact, the appropriate furniture can make a person’s life tremendously easier. What type of furniture is available for individuals with disabilities and how can it help? You’ll be able to discover the truth below!


Vitamin D and Adventure

Jun 19, 2015
Vitamin D and Adventure

My entire life I have always loved the summer season. As a child, summer meant many hours of playing outside, swim practices and meets, camping, riding bikes, family outings and countless hours of hanging out with friends. In fact, outdoor play was commonplace and enforced by my parents. Our family, friends and community made sure there were many planned events and activities to take part in! There was very little television or video gaming in our household. I was having too much fun, so I had no need to be stagnant. A true fact is that my mom would have to force all us kids out of the pool to eat lunch or dinner. We all were having a blast and would lose track of time!

Hence my sense of adventure, need for speed, and try anything attitude. I have a thirst for sun rays, sports, recreation and friends. I love being around water, whether it is a lake, ocean, beach , pool, or a waterfall! To me, water is peaceful, calming, beautiful, and provides entertainment and adventure! My reason and love for water has encouraged me to look at new activities with excitement and adrenaline. I don’t only enjoy the activity for the time I spend in serenity and with friends. I do believe that taking time for myself truly decreases the stresses in life! I did not even mention the sense of accomplishment when I learn a new activity or skill.

Now as an adult, I have my bucket list. In my post college years, I have added water, snow skiing, and sled skating to things I love. There is also tubing and kayaking. Handcycling is a joy as well. I still have more on my list. Rock climbing, zip lining, and white water rafting will be done as soon as possible. I challenge me and you to say, “What’s next?” and go for it! Be quick, because the warm weather is not here but once a year. Always know that every season has a bucket list of opportunities and adventures, so get out there!


You too can commit

Jun 18, 2015
You too can commit

Back in October of 2014, NCHPAD, along with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition launched an initiative to make a commitment to inclusion. Since that time this initiative has grown even stronger.


Embrace the outdoors!

Jun 15, 2015
Embrace the outdoors!

Recently, I was asked to test out a power chair at the Red Mountain Park in Hoover, Alabama. At first I was very reluctant because I know that going through mountain trials and dirt roads would not be very fun in my manual chair. So, I simply avoid them all together. However, I was introduced to a power device that changed my view. Literally!


Physical Activity during the summer

Jun 11, 2015
Physical Activity during the summer

In my 35 years as a quad amputee physical activity has been the main reason for my weight maintaining a consistent variable. This has been advantages for me staying active. The problem at times has been trying to find the time, activities or just exercises in general to maintain and advance my physical fitness. With over 56 million people with disabilities and only a few being physically fit, I fall into a category in which secondary health conditions can be an issue as I advance in my age. Hence, it is imperative that I develop, maintain and increase my physical fitness regimen.