Posts Tagged 'life'

The Many Benefits of Service Dogs

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As the old saying goes, dogs are a man’s best friend. They provide companionship and loyalty like no other animal and have been proven to enhance both physical and mental wellbeing. However, aside from being an important member of the family, dogs also play a significant role in the lives of people with disabilities.

Posted by Emily Buchanan May 21, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

Manage diabetes for healthy living

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Being diagnosed with diabetes is very difficult for the patient and his family as it is a lifelong disease. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which there are elevated blood glucose levels due to insulin malfunctioning. Insulin is a vital hormone released by the pancreas that allows the entry of sugar into the blood cells. It regulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism in the body. Any problem in its effective release results in…

Posted by Todd Kosher May 20, 2014 Posted in Disability, Obesity No Comments

Multiple Sclerosis and Vitamin F

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What do the people in this picture have in common? Willingness! Usually they would be exercising in an aquatics class. But the day this photo was taken, the pool was unexpectedly closed. It would have been so easy for any one of them to say, “Well, I tried to exercise, but I couldn’t, so I’m going home.” As you can see, they did not go home. They stayed and danced in chairs!

Posted by Elizabeth Vander Kamp May 14, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

A Day In My Life

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Somehow the soft knock at my bedroom door wakes me up quicker than the melodic tone of my 8 a.m. phone alarm.

Elijah, who woke up in the bedroom next to mine two minutes prior to knocking, steps through the door.

He grabs me a pair of sweatpants and a t­-shirt, helps me sit up in my chair, and puts my glasses on. He’s been with me for five years. The morning routine comes as natural as waking up.

Posted by Kerry May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Living a Healthy Lifestyle with a Disability

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during an era of increased technology, processed food, and lack of exercise is a challenge for anyone. However, for a person with a disability, it can feel nearly impossible. There are many people with various disabilities who are able to successfully maintain healthy lifestyle.

Posted by Shelly Duell May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability, Obesity 1 Comment

A Picture-Perfect Opportunity for People with Disabilities

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Believe it or not, people with disabilities can now profit from active living, thanks to a brilliant new Web site. All you need is a camera, a friend with some photography skills, and a computer!

PhotoAbility.net is an online, “disability inclusive” stock image provider focused on lifestyle photos of people with disabilities. The goal of the site, launched by Deborah Davis, who sustained a spinal cord injury at the age of 18 and has since used a wheelchair, is to give advertisers the opportunity to help consumers adapt to differences and diminish their discomfort with those whom they see as different. 

Posted by Susan Hawkins May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Obesity and Disability Infographic:

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We have developed an Obesity and Disability infographic*. The Obesity and disability infographic can be used to educate readers about the prevalence of obesity for individuals with disabilities, the consequences, costs, and ways to prevent or treat obesity. Our lists of consequences and ways to prevent obesity are in no way exhaustive. At the bottom are a few resources readers can access for information on physical activity and nutrition. Also, references where the data came from are listed.

Posted by Kerri Vanderbom May 06, 2014 Posted in Disability, Obesity 1 Comment

Listening

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“I like how you listen to me. You’re really listening and not doing something else at the same time.” My eight year old daughter said that to me. She has also said, “Mom? Mom! MOMMMM! You’re not listening!” Out of the mouths of babes …

Posted by Elizabeth Vander Kamp May 01, 2014 Posted in Disability 6 Comments

Active and Healthy Aging – Keys to Aging Well

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Every Saturday, after my workout, I get on a bus and head Downtown to meet my friend Stella. I have known Stella since 2007. She will be 92 in July. Stella is a retired Nurse. She served in World War II. Stella has never deviated from the schedule she had as an Army and Private Duty Nurse. She worked the 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM shift.

Posted by Kerry Apr 28, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Eye Tracking Technology: How Far Will it Go?

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Eye tracking technology is advancing at a rapid pace. From the first implementations of facial recognition to unlocking laptops, the use of the eyes as a medium for input is continuing to develop. Some smartphones are able to scroll through various screens by detecting the motions of the eye itself, but what else can be accomplished based on this technology? As the capabilities for eye tracking increase, what can those with physical disabilities anticipate with this development?

Posted by Ken Myers Apr 24, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments