Assistive Technology For Low Vision

Perhaps you or a loved one has just learned that you have Age-related Macular Degeneration or AMD. So what is AMD? AMD is a common eye condition that is the leading cause of vision loss in people aged 60 and over. It causes damage to a small spot near the center of the eye called the Macula. The macula is located on the eye’s retina and is used to see objects in sharp focus.
AMD does not lead to complete blindness by itself. However, it can lead to a significant loss of central vision. Therefore, AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities such as driving, reading, writing or your ability to do close work.

The degeneration typically advances slowly, so you may not have been aware of its effects. As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of the eye is common. In time the blurred area will likely grow larger or you may develop blank spots in your central vision. There are two types of AMD: Geographic Atrophy, which is a gradual breakdown of light sensitive cells and Neovascular AMD which is caused by the abnormal growth of blood vessels underneath the retina.

Currently there are no cures for AMD, but there are activities and supplements which may slow its progress. Researchers have found that by avoiding smoking, getting regular exercise and eating nutritious foods such green leafy vegetables and fish can be helpful. In addition some studies have shown that certain high dose vitamins and minerals may slow the disease’s progression. (Source: National Eye Institute).
Our Bierley Maggie MD Portable Video Magnifier can be helpful with its white text on a black background for reading. It removes the glare when reading restaurant menus, prescriptions or other fine print.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

Support Parkinson's Research this April - give to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center at ActiveForever.com

Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder of the central nervous system that can impair a person’s motor skills, speech, and other mobility functions. Symptoms may include tremors (shaking), slowness of movement, difficulty with balance, loss of coordination, speech changes, and rigidity (stiffness) of muscles and limbs. In the more advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease, the person may experience a temporary, involuntary inability to move called a freezing episode.

There are now accepted methods to combat freezing episodes – using motor stability exercise and life-changing devices that help overcome the symptoms on a daily basis. Active Forever offers several products designed specifically to help break freezing episodes, including the U Step Walker Advanced Walking Aid, the U Step 2 Walker Laser Light, and the Laser Cane.
Learn More about these breakthrough therapies.

Active Forever has partnered with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) again this year to raise money for Parkinson’s research. We invite our customers to take part in our charity of the month initiative by adding a small donation via their online cart check-out.
We want to thank all of those who are helping us support the MAPC!

We’re focused on Oxygen Therapy Products in April!

Oxygen Therapy Products for sale online at ActiveForever.com
For daily oxygen needs, ActiveForever offers the top brands in home and portable oxygen concentrators, such as the best-selling Respironics SimplyGo. We suggest the MABIS BreathBooster exerciser and peak flow meter for breathing exercises and airflow monitoring. If you suffer from COPD, sleep apnea, or asthma, we feature sleep masks, oximeters, nebulizers, the Aeroneb Go, and more. This spring you may want to consider a home air purification system – let the fresh air in, and keep pollens and other breathing irritants outside.
Breathe a little easier with Oxygen Therapy Products from ActiveForever!

  • Home & Portable Oxygen Concentrators
  • Nebulizers, Sleep Masks, and Sleep Aids
  • Breathing Exercisers and Peak Flow Monitors
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeters
  • Home Air Purification Systems & Filters

And please continue to check out our “New Products” page for recent product updates!

New in Fitness – DKN Ellipticals and Exercise Bikes –
Built-In Features and Map Technology for your Workout!

Enjoy using the i-Routes feature on these DKN fitness machines. Explore a visual tour while you work out. Stride or bike the universe from within the privacy of your home, while challenging yourself on some of the world’s most iconic trips. DKN fitness technology lets you select a trip and follow the map at your own pace.

The DKN XC-140l Elliptical - Buy Fitness and Exercise Equipment at ActiveForever.comDKN XC-140i Elliptical
The DKN XC-140i Elliptical offers 12 professionally designed programs, featuring 32 levels and 20 time intervals, with heart rate control options on the backlit console. Superior design comes into play – the elliptical stride is long and flat, simulating a natural walk or run. The display reads your time, speed, RPM, distance, calories, watts, and heart rate. In addition to the classics (manual control, programmed runs, endurance, warm-up, calorie burn, etc.) DKN-Motion integrates Watt control, Target Heart Rate training, and Personal Coaching into your lifestyle.

The DKN RB-3i Recumbent Exercise Bike - Buy Fitness and Exercise Equipment at ActiveForever.comDKN RB-3i Recumbent Exercise Bike
The DKN RB-3i recumbent exercise bike is not only incredibly stylish looking with its sleek and classic easy step-through design, but the re-worked ergonomics make it perfect for longer workouts with reduced chance of injury. It provides constant and accurate feedback on a wide range of resistance levels, to deliver a superior workout experience for beginners and experts alike. Cardio training is easily programmed using controlled Target Zones.

The DKN AM-6i Upright Exercise Bike - Buy Fitness and Exercise Equipment at ActiveForever.comDKN AM-6i Upright Exercise Bike
The DKN AM-6i Upright Exercise Bike features a simple, sturdy ergonomic design with a smooth, comfortable motion to fit a wide range of body types. The AM-6i has 32 resistance settings and uses a magnetic, no-contact friction-free system, connected to an 11 kg flywheel set, with a Poly V belt drive for a smooth, quiet cycling experience. The DKN-Motion App brings you the future of the fitness industry. The new console integrates perfectly with any tablet, i-Pad or Android, allowing you to program and perform your workout whenever it matches your agenda.


Clarity Ensemble Amplified Caption Phone

Clarity Ensemble Amplified Caption Phone - Shop Online at ActiveForever.com
The Clarity® Ensemble™ amplified caption phone is designed for people who have a severe hearing loss, low vision, or have difficulty using the phone. If you or a loved one want to stay in the conversation, the Ensemble is the captioned phone with the advanced features found in more expensive amplified phones, but for just $75.00.

Amplification:
The Clarity provides amplification up to 50 decibels, making it one of the loudest captioned phones on the marketplace. To enjoy an amplified conversation, the four tone settings can be adjusted to your specific hearing loss, with a boost function that allows you to access a louder volume for incoming voices.

Captioning:
The captioning function ensures that users will never miss a word of conversation. The 7-inch color touchscreen display on the Clarity Ensemble has adjustable font sizes and contrast, making it ideal for people with low vision. All captioned conversations can be saved for later reference.

More features:
The phone includes a visual ringer, an answering machine and talking Caller ID. A headset jack and neckloop jack are available for those who don’t want to use the handset. If you need assistance, the Ensemble includes ClarityLogic™, which allows a Clarity® customer support representative to remotely adjust phone settings for you. Set up requires a land-line service and high-speed Internet connection.


Bath Safety Ideas –
Raised Toilet Seats for Comfort and Safety from Carex

Mobility is an issue for all of us as we age. Even the most basic day-to-day tasks become more difficult, including using the bathroom. Lowering down onto a toilet seat can present a real challenge, and without safety assists, falls and injuries are possible. Now with just a couple of simple tools – you can reclaim the bathroom.

Carex Toilet Seat Elevator on sale at ActiveForever.comCarex Toilet Seat Elevator
If arthritis in your hips or knees makes getting into a sitting position difficult, a simple Carex Toilet Seat Elevator may be all you need. It attaches to your existing seat and lid, raising them to a more comfortable height by 3 1/2 inches. Available in round or elongated seat styles.
Also Available with Handles:
Toilet Seat Elevator w/Handles – Elongated Bowl
Toilet Seat Elevator w/Handles – Round Bowl


Carex Hinged Toilet Seat Riser on sale at ActiveForever.com
Carex Hinged Toilet Seat Riser
The Carex Hinged Toilet Seat Riser adds 3 1/2 inches, and installs under you existing toilet seat. It includes a hinge that allows for easy cleaning – there is no need to remove the riser, just lift up and clean as usual. Available in round or elongated seat styles.

Carex Safe Lock Raised Toilet Seat on sale at ActiveForever.com
Carex Safe Lock Raised Toilet Seat
Locking mechanisms on raised toilet seats provide an extra safety feature when balance and mobility are at risk. Locks prevent the seat from slipping off the toilet. The Carex Safe Lock Raised Toilet seat adds 4.25 inches of height, and is easy to remove for cleaning. Fits both standard and elongated bowls.


New Products from DOD Fitness!

The new DOD Fitness Knee Donuts, Wrist Wedges and Neck Circles allow people with sore knees, wrists and necks to participate in exercise, physical therapy, yoga and Pilates. The wedges provide stability and comfort during weight bearing exercise, and can be used with your fitness mat for added support.

DOD Fitness Knee Donuts available online at ActiveForever.comKnee Donuts
DOD Fitness Knee Donuts can prevent or reduce knee pain while kneeling. Unlike a towel or mat, the donut shape prevents the patella from touching the floor and also provides structural support. Knee Donuts have been extremely helpful for people who have had knee surgery.

DOD Fitness Wrist Wedges available online at ActiveFrover.comWrist Wedges
Ergonomically designed, the DOD Fitness Wrist Wedges reduce stress and pain during weight bearing exercises such as pushups and planks. The angle reduces the degree of wrist extension which decreases pressure on the wrist.

DOD Fitness Neck Circle available online at ActiveForever.comNeck Circle
The DOD Fitness Neck Circle is ideal for anyone who feels neck tension during or after exercise. The Neck Circle provides cushion and support and keeps the head in a neutral position, creating proper alignment.


Great New Product Offerings for March at ActiveForever!

New Products for March 2014 - Shop ActiveForever.com
We’re highlighting great new offerings this March in the categories you shop the most! Here’s a sample of what’s new:

  • Fitness – fitness wedges for yoga and stretching, cycles and steppers for home workouts.
  • Health – heart rate and blood pressure monitors that fit on your wrist and go with you anywhere.
  • Mobility – knee cruisers, walkers and scooters – plus a new designer cane with a bit of bling.
  • Tech – big button phones and easy-to-use wake-up alarms.

We are also seeing innovations in Bath Safety, Medical Supplies, Compression and more – check out our “New Products” page for daily product updates and improved independent living!

ActiveForever Launches Essential Gifts Catalog as Fundraising Tool for Health Care Industry

 

Medical and health non-profits, associations, employers leverage this unique catalog to raise funds and make lives better.

Scottsdale, AZ, November 12, 2013 — ActiveForever releases its annual Essential Gifts Collection print catalog as families make plans for their Thanksgiving travel and gatherings. Individuals making end-of-year health and medical spending decisions will also benefit from the wealth of guidance and specials offered inside the catalog.

“Each year as I engage in the final edits of our catalog, I find myself more impressed than the year prior. Twenty years after publishing that first catalog, our selection (and pricing) remains a compelling force. It’s also a pleasure to walk through our warehouse and be able to find the perfect gift for every friend and family member on my own shopping list,” states ActiveForever’s CEO, Erika Feinberg.

ActiveForever designed the Essential Gifts Collection catalog as a fund-raising medium for non-profits and associations. The product selection — medical, beauty, fitness, safety, and assistive technology related gift ideas — makes this catalog an ideal revenue channel for a condition-specific group such as the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center or Arthritis Foundation. Groups earn a percentage of every product sale. This offers a win-win opportunity, as product selection helps improve quality of life.

The catalog is also an ideal tool for self-insured employers, employees with HSA or FSA health plans, or employers with wellness programs. It can be leveraged to raise money for specific efforts or to run an employee rewards program. ActiveForever also has a built-in rewards program that, in itself, rewards health, safety and productivity related spending decisions.

About ActiveForever:

ActiveForever offers the best choices in medical equipment, e-low vision devices/assistive technology, athletic performance and rehabilitation/healing devices, home-care equipment, productivity and safety products for the home, travel and workplace.

ActiveForever is a fully integrated sales, marketing, warehousing and fulfillment services agency. It is a multi-channel merchant with print product catalogs for staff and patient education, retail showrooms with education centers, a warehouse/distribution services center and one of the nation’s top ranked eCommerce websites.

Print Healthcare Innovations catalogs are more medical in nature, and free for care providers to share with their patients, therapists, athletes, employees, residents and caregivers anywhere in the country. See all ActiveForever print catalogs offered.

Ask@ActiveForever.com is available for quick, interactive product solution guidance. More information can be found at www.ActiveForever.com.

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If you would like more information about this topic, or to book ActiveForever’s CEO for a speaking engagement: Please contact Media Relations directly at 480-459-3200 or Media@ActiveForever.com.

 

 

 

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ActiveForever is very proud to announce that we have been chosen as the medical equipment and community marketing programs provider for UCIN’s Urgent Care Network’s members!

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Sybil Yeaman

(480) 247-9223

syeaman@ucinet.org

URGENT CARE INTEGRATED NETWORK: IS NOW OFFERING COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIP TO ALL INDEPENDENT URGENT CARE CENTERS

Scottsdale, AZ – July 1, 2013 – John Shufeldt, MD, Urgent Care Industry thought leader today announced Urgent Care Integrated Network (UCIN) membership is free to all independent urgent care centers.

UCIN specifically serves the purchasing and contracting needs of independent urgent care practices.  As the cost of doing business continues to escalate, independent practices now can enjoy access to a scalable solution that heretofore only large corporate enterprises or hospital systems were able to achieve. An array of products and services provide the tools every urgent care enterprise needs to operate both efficiently and profitably.

“Today, the urgent care business is much different than it used to be. Not long ago, reimbursements were fair and supported the reasonable profitability of centers. That is decidedly not the case today.  Independent urgent care centers are being severely squeezed by payers, large competitors and hospital systems.” said John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, UNCIN’s Founder and CEO “Single specialty networks and group purchasing organizations allow independent centers to compete on a level playing field with the corporate giants. This was the catalyst for the formation of the Urgent Care Integrated Network,” said Shufeldt,

Dr. Shufeldts’ twenty plus years in urgent care practice ownership, management and consulting has given him a unique insight and a wealth of knowledge about an important segment of the nation’s health care delivery system.  Membership in UCIN provides a gateway for Urgent Care practices to purchase at a discount, products and services that include Medical and Pharmaceuticals supplies, Radiological Equipment, Malpractice Insurance, Virtual Medical Care, Urgent Care Consulting, HR Services and much more.

UCIN is an attractive option that will save centers thousands of dollars annually using a comprehensive suite of clinical, legal and financial services supported by a team of experienced professionals. Membership applications are available on the network’s website at www.ucinet.org.

Additionally, UCIN partners with vendors who guarantee the quality of their products and services and who have extensive experience in the urgent care space. UCIN is committed to assisting its members operate more efficiently and at less cost.

Independent urgent care practices can find more information and sign up for free membership directly on the network’s website at www.ucinet.org.

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 If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Shufeldt, please call Sybil Yeaman at (480) 247-9223 or e-mail Sybil at syeaman@ucinet.org

www.ActiveForever.com has been chosen as the Medical Equipment and Community Marketing Programs Provider for UCIN’s Urgent Care Network members!

ActiveForever offers the largest selection and best pricing in medical equipment, athletic performance equipment, rehabilitation/healing devices, home-care equipment, productivity & e-low vision devices/assistive technology, and safety products for the home, vacations, gifts, travel and workplace.

Also enjoy free supply of print product catalogs for your staff and patients: product guidance for patients, therapists, athletes, employees, residents and caregivers anywhere in the country. Most orders ship same-day!

In addition to equipment and medical product innovations, ActiveForever offers targeted and very effective programs:

  •  A custom hybrid print product catalog for patient care, with practice marketing messages throughout
  • A custom, co-branded online equipment and medical product innovations marketplace
  • Regional email marketing campaigns that connect patients and referral partners to urgent care practices
  • Programs that effectively connect community referral partners and patients to urgent care locations
  • An employee health and wellness rewards program
  • Ongoing improved patient care outcomes and healthy practice growth initiatives

UCSupport@ActiveForever.com for questions, orders and patient care catalog requests

 

Tankless Oxygen Therapy

SimplyGo Tankless Oxygen Machine

Your body is a complicated system. Through aging or genetic ailments, you may suffer unfortunate physiological consequences that hinder your ability to get the most out of your day. One of these ailments is the lack of the body to utilize oxygen to the fullest extent. While it is in your best interest to see your doctor regarding such problems (feeling tired, naseous, etc.), it is likely that your doctor will recommend purchasing an oxygen concentrator so your body can feel revitalized again.

Hemoglobin is the primary oxygen carrier in the body; conditions such as anemia and hypoxia can debilitate an individual to the point that they can’t think straight. This can affect performances at work and home, and with the busy schedules of you and many other Americans, you can lose a lot of productivity without the right aid. Oxygen concentrators come in a variety of sizes and volumes, and depending on your specific condition and lifestyle, you will likely buy an oxygen concentrator that fits your physical needs best.

An interesting fact regarding the effectiveness of oxygen concentrators over oxygen tanks is in a recent single-blind clinical study; portable oxygen concentrators were compared over liquid oxygen tanks in terms of their oxygen delivery to COPD patients with exercise-induced hypoxaemia. Interestingly, there’s no difference between liquid oxygen-delivery and oxygen concentration delivery. The evidence is clear: oxygen concentrators are just as effective as the large liquid oxygen canisters people carry around, and don’t need to be replenished with liquid oxygen. On average, a portable oxygen tank will last a person for 9-10 hours. This can be bad if you’re getting ready to go on a trip or won’t be home for a while. Additionally, the money you will have to pay to fill up your oxygen tanks will continue to be spent, whereas portable oxygen concentrators like the SimplyGo require no refill of oxygen. If you require oxygen therapy and want to increase your mobility you need need to purchase a tankless oxygen machine today.

Throw Away Those Bulky Oxygen Tanks And Get Your Mobility Back! 

What Is COPD

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis and is also known as: chronic obstructive lung disease. Is a progressive disease that gets worse over time and limits airflow to and from the lungs, causing shortness of breath. This shortness of breath is called dyspnea. COPD produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. COPD ranks as the 6th leading cause of death world wide a number that is expected to rise of the coming years as more countries become more industrialized. Read more on COPD therapies on the activeforever.com website.
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Our most popular items for managing COPD in a handy downloadable and printable flyer COPD Help

 

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Bathroom Remodeling For Seniors

It’s official, Baby Boomers are retiring. According to PEW Research Center Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 Boomers a day. This avalanche of seniors will continue for the next 19 years. The most active and fiercely independent generation is entering their golden years and they want to stay as active and independent as they can for as long as they can. The main ingredient in doing so is the remodeling of their homes. With 77 million Boomers representing 50% of all US discretionary spending this is a trend not to ignore. We strongly recommend looking for someone who is a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS). Here are a few ideas that will help any Boomer get their remodel started:

Don’t Wait – The best advice you can give on an aging-in-place remodel is to not wait. Many wait till it is an emergency and then cannot return home from injury or illness and may have to be transferred to an assisted living or nursing care facility while the remodel is complete. It is better to plan and even possibly phase the project.

Bathroom – The bathroom is a prime place to start. There is much in the bathroom that can present safety issues that can be resolved with varying levels of effort and cost, most are easily addressed. Here are a few key items for any aging-in-place bathroom remodel:

o Zero Step Shower Entry – this may be a bit more involved but presents, probably, the greatest safety from falling.

o Shower Seat & Handheld Shower – this will ensure independence in the shower.

o Grab Bars – need to be installed anywhere where there will be any maneuvering happening. The NAHB says 80% of CAPS projects last year included grab bars.

o Bidet Toilet Seat – this ensures independence in the most private of daily activities. brondell-swash-900-toilet-seat

The bidet toilet seat also presents better hygiene and thus confidence for the aging. Nothing depletes independence or confidence more than not being able to clean oneself properly or at all, and the bidet toilet seat is such an easy install.

o Flooring – removing carpeted areas diminishes risks of tripping and going for honed finishes instead of polished finished help with reducing slipping accidents.

o Toilet – replace the standard height (14.5 in) toilet with a 16 in toilet to make getting up and down easier.

o Faucets – add anti-scalding protection to the sink and shower.

• Lighting – One of the most overlooked items in a remodel for aging-in-place is the lighting because the need for more light happens so incrementally that it goes unnoticed. Those of us that are more aged require at least three times more light than someone in their twenties or thirties. Areas where activity happens is a good place to focus:

o Under Cabinet
o Hallways
o Bathrooms

• Hardware – Swapping out knobs for pulls for cabinets and changing out door knobs for levers is a great way to reduce daily frustration. According to the National Academy on an Aging Society 46% of those 65+ years of age suffer from arthritis.

These are just some ideas to get you started. The important thing to remember is that 80% of those surveyed by AARP expressed a desire to stay in their home. A good place to start is with the toilet and install a Brondell Swash bidet toilet seat today! See  more Brondell products at ActiveForever.com.