Brain Awareness Month: Supporting The Fight One Day At A Time

Written By: Alyssa Golden

“Whether I like it or not, I still have cancer. I understand that it hurts, but at the end of the day, I can be positive or not. Being positive is the better option and I have the opportunity to give others encouragement,” says Mike Hage, brain cancer survivor and former Golden Technologies team member. 

Mike’s journey with brain cancer has been anything but easy, as he’s currently fighting his battle for the third time. Despite the many challenges, he has become extremely well-known in the area for his positive spirit, strength and Faith. Mike credits his mentality towards his relationship with God, family and friends. 

“I have the opportunity to show people Christianity, and that’s why I’m not scared. I might get angry or upset, but I know that God loves me and I have an amazing amount of people who love me and want to see me alive,” says Mike.

In 2016, Mike was rushed to the hospital after having a severe seizure. Within minutes of his arrival, he began to have difficulty breathing and then his heart stopped. He and his family would later find out through tests that Mike had a cancerous brain tumor the size of a golf ball that needed to be removed. From that point forward, Mike has endured years of brain cancer surgeries, recoveries and rehabilitation.

“It’s been a whirlwind of emotions, but everyone has wanted to see and help me,” says Mike. After his first diagnosis, the Golden Technologies team got together and held a large fundraising event for Mike at the Jazz Cafe on River Street in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The event entitled “#ChokeOutCancer” helped raise thousands of dollars for Mike along with live music and a live-streamed video of Golden Vice President of Sales, Jason Davis, getting his head shaved.

“Mike isn’t just a friend or former employee; he is family,” says Jason. “My entire family knows him and loves him. As far as getting my head shaved, it was a true honor, but was more so a bonding experience between Mike and myself. He’s an amazing man.”

“Golden has done a lot for me. I would never have asked people to do all that for me,” says Mike. CEO Rich Golden also provided Mike with two custom-built lift chairs to help with his recovery. Mike loves the support and massage feature. “For someone with my body, support is everything,” says Mike.

Mike will be moving soon to the Sunshine State, Florida, with his mom, dad, grandmother, two dogs and two cats! In the meantime, he has been visiting local churches and meeting up with as many people as possible before he leaves. Our Golden family continues to keep Mike and his family in our thoughts and prayers as he continues to navigate through his journey.

June is Brain Awareness Month and July 18-29 is Brain Awareness Week, giving us an opportunity to hold conversations about the brain and progress in brain research.

World Continence Week 2022: How a Golden Power Lift Recliner Can Help

World Continence Week 2022 Golden Power Lift Recliners

Written By: Aline Browning

Feeling stressed or embarrassed over incontinence? Don’t be! World Continence Week (WCW) is a health campaign run by the World Federation For Incontinence and Pelvic Problems to help raise awareness of incontinence related issues. From June 21-27th, the WCW highlights the impact urinary incontinence can have on our lives and encourages those living with it to seek help so they no longer have to suffer in silence. 

What is Incontinence?

There are various forms of incontinence, a condition that “affects over 25 million Americans” (Hopkins Medicine, 2022). Overactive Bladder (OAB), Overfilled Bladder (OFB), Urinary Dysfunction (UD), Nocturia, and Stress Incontinence are common forms of incontinence that affect both men and women. They can be caused by various factors such as chronic illness, medication, and even aging.

Overfilled Bladder (OFB)

Do you ever “leak” or “dribble urine” because your bladder is too full? You may have OFB. Overfilled Bladder (OFB) is an overflow issue that occurs when the urinary tract is blocked and the bladder can’t empty fully, causing leakage the next time there is an urge. It can be caused by an infection of the prostate in men, nerve issues, diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and even complications from bladder sling surgeries. Some people experience overflow incontinence because they cannot empty their bladder all the way when they urinate.




Most people can sleep 6-8 hours without having to get up, but if you have nocturia, you’ll wake up more than once at night. Nocturia is the frequent urge to urinate during the night. According to the Creighton University Medical Center (2022), Nocturia is often described as the most bothersome of all urinary symptoms and is also one of the most common. Nocturia can be associated with long-term sleep deprivation, in addition to the inconvenience that it causes.”

Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence happens when a physical movement or activity such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, heavy lifting, or even the strain of standing puts pressure on your bladder causing leakage. It particularly impacts women as it can be caused by hormonal changes and weakened pelvic muscles. “43 percent of women in their 50s and early 60s said they had experienced urinary incontinence, as had 51 percent of those aged 65 and over” (Gavin, 2022). Stress Incontinence is not the same type of incontinence or urgency that an individual would get from having too much coffee or too many alcoholic beverages; it is a loss of muscular strength followed by leakage as opposed to an urgency.

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How a Golden Power Lift Recliner Can Help

Golden power lift recliners provide steady and gentle lift assistance that allows you to raise your feet slowly in either a straight-lift or slightly tilted angle. The angle of the lift can be adjusted to give you options to rise to your feet more comfortably depending on your sit-to-stand transition needs. “The sit-to-stand (STS) transition is a fundamental aspect of mobility. The maneuver is relatively demanding from a neuromuscular perspective and is affected negatively by age and pathology” (Bohannon, 2015).

Also, Golden’s high-performance fabric with Alta™ technology is perfect for heavy-duty or high-traffic seating. Alta™ ramps up performance with a total liquid barrier, antimicrobial protection, and high repellency to liquids and oil-based stains. Exceptional cleanability reduces the need for harsh cleaning agents and the Durablock™ liquid barrier provides breathable protection.

Promoting Awareness Towards World Continence Week 2022

Many people don’t report their incontinence because they feel embarrassed. Dr. Jennifer Melville stated, “Studies on why women do not seek treatment for UI have identified potential reasons, such as embarrassment, viewing it as a normal part of aging, feeling that they can cope on their own, and having low expectations of benefit from treatment” (Melville, 2007).

Incontinence is very common, relatable, and is hardly anything to be embarrassed about. In recent years, some famous personalities have openly come forward to discuss their own incontinence issues to help ease the apprehension of others. “Katy Perry, Samuel L. Jackson, Kate Winslet, Tony Romo, and Stephen King are among some affluent personalities that struggle with urinary incontinence” (Michel, M.D., 2022). 

There are many products and tools available such as adult sanitary products, lift assistance devices, special bedding and medications to help individuals cope with incontinence. Maintain your independence and self-confidence and find a Golden dealer near you who can answer all of your questions on incontinence and how our products can help!



Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company Names Alyssa Golden to Board of Directors

Alyssa Golden SLIBCO Board Member


Old Forge, PA – The Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (SLIBCO) recently announced new directors and officers, electing Alyssa Golden to serve on its board. SLIBCO is the not-for-profit industrial development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

“As a 3rd generation Golden family member, I enjoy participating in our local community and creating meaningful relationships that represent what Golden values: innovation, entrepreneurship, and community,” said Alyssa Golden, Digital Marketing Manager. “SLIBCO is a fantastic group that supports job creation, economic growth, and the expansion of our community. I’m thrilled to be a part of it, especially being elected as one of the youngest members of the board of directors,” she added.

“We’re very proud to have Golden represented by Alyssa on the SLIBCO board and making an impact on the economic and industrial development efforts in Northeast Pennsylvania,” said Rich Golden, President & CEO of Golden. “The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is a wonderful community partner. We look forward to Alyssa’s contributions to the SLIBCO board and Chamber for many years to come,” he added.


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About Golden Technologies

Golden Technologies, a family-owned and operated company, is the world’s leading manufacturer of luxurious lift and recline chairs. We take great satisfaction in the superb craftsmanship and lasting durability of our growing lines of Power Lift Chairs and Power Wheelchairs, and Scooters. Golden’s products set the pace in our industry for performance, convenience, and comfort, because they all begin with superior materials and creative designs. We help provide our customers with a sense of independence, mobility, freedom, accomplishment, and belonging.

Caring For a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Golden Technologies Power Lift Chairs for Alzheimer's Patient

Written By: Aline Browning

Symptoms to Be On The Lookout For with Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects over 6 million people in the U.S. currently and that number is projected to more than double by 2060. “The number of people living with the disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.” And it’s estimated that, “by 2060 more than 14 million Americans will be diagnosed with this most common form of dementia,” according to the CDC (2021). Individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s may not lose their motor skills, but as the condition becomes severe, a patient with Alzheimer’s may struggle with balance, fine motor skills, and communication. This presents a challenge to caregivers to be more vigilant or watchful with their caregiving. It may be difficult for someone living with severe Alzheimer’s to tell you that they have an ingrown toenail that is causing them pain or that they have an ear infection, or even that they have an urge to use the bathroom. So it’s essential that our loved ones with any form of dementia have the proper recliner for ultimate comfort and care.


Alzheimer’s and Diabetes

There may also be a link between Alzheimer’s and Diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, “Both type 2 diabetes and Impaired Fasting Glycemia were more prevalent in Alzheimer disease versus non-Alzheimer disease control subjects, so 81% of cases of Alzheimer disease had either type 2 diabetes or IFG.” If an elderly Alzheimer’s patient also has diabetes, it is important to monitor their feet for the development of neuropathic ulcers. They may not even be aware these ulcers are present because with neuropathy, patients eventually lose sensation in their feet. This need becomes even more apparent when the individual has other conditions that develop where aging may be a risk factor. An Alzheimer’s patient may not be able to communicate that they are developing pressure sores known as decubitus ulcers. Pressure sores develop in the elderly as their skin becomes thin and loses elasticity. When those areas do not get proper airflow and relief from the pressure of that position, a painful sore develops. Golden power lift recliners offer UltraPlush Brisa® fabrics which is a breathable material that allows air to flow to the skin and may reduce the likeliness of a decubitus ulcer forming.

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How Golden Lift Chairs Can Help Maintain Healthy Feet

Though there have been few studies that actually analyze the foot health of AD patients. There was a study performed by Lopez (2018), on 65 elderly patients with AD that found, “89.04% of those patients had a high presence of foot health problems and 69.86% of those patients were wearing an incorrect sized shoe.” People with severe Alzheimer’s may not be able to communicate that they have foot pain, so it’s important to pay close attention, keep their feet clean, dry, and their toenails neatly trimmed. It’s also important to help them rest and elevate any inflamed areas to reduce pain and swelling. Golden lift chairs with MaxiComfort technology and patented Twilight technology are able to elevate the feet above the heart to reduce swelling and provide a convenient tool for caregivers to perform foot checks safely and comfortably. 

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Alzheimer’s Patients Have A Higher Risk of Falling

Spatial perception plays a role in falls with Alzheimer’s patients as cognition begins to decline, it becomes harder for people with dementia to time their steps. According to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (2021), “People who suffer from dementia related disease will eventually develop an unsteady gait, hardly lifting their feet. Instead, they will develop a shuffle and this creates a higher risk of falling.”

Poor foot health and cognitive impairment are two prominent risk factors for falls in patients with AD. Allali (2016) stated, “Cognitive impairment has been identified as a risk factor for falls in aging.3,4 Impaired executive function, but not memory impairment, has been associated with increased prevalence of falls in healthy older adults.3 Dementia is considered an independent risk factor for falling in older adults.5,6 Older adults with dementia fall two to three times more than cognitively healthy older adults.”

Fall risk assessments are often performed using the 5XSTS test, which evaluates the balance and leg strength of an elderly patient moving from sit to stand as many times as they can safely stand within 30 seconds. That amount is then compared to the average in that age group.


Sarcopenia and Alzheimer’s Disease

While staff-supported interventions and exercise interventions are highly recommended by doctors, balance also plays a role in fall prevention. Another risk factor affecting balance for AD patients is sarcopenia. According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, “More severe sarcopenia at baseline was associated with a higher risk of incident AD and a faster rate of cognitive decline.” Sarcopenia is a natural occurrence in the elderly, it is skeletal muscle loss and it affects balance and gait in the elderly. Clinically defined, Sarcopenia is “a syndrome characterized by progressive and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength and it is strictly correlated with physical disability, poor quality of life and death.” Santilli, (2014). Sarcopenia, coupled with cognitive impairment, present a very high risk factor for falls. 

Golden Technologies PR761-MLA Power Lift Chair ReclinerSarcopenia can make the sit-to-stand transition very difficult for an elderly patient. Golden power lift recliners are designed to lift a person gently to their feet while simultaneously opening the backrest, so its occupant doesn’t feel pushed or forced out of the chair. It allows individuals to exit the chair when they are ready, giving them time to find their balance and footing. Golden lift chairs not only provide support for elderly patients during the sit-to-stand transition, but they provide relief to caregivers who would otherwise have to rely on their own strength to give lift assistance.

At Golden, we understand how challenging caring for an Alzheimer’s patient can be and we hope this post has helped provide important information to aid in care and to be on the lookout for other symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s. Our mission is to create the most innovative products for ultimate comfort and independence for you and your family. That’s why we offer such a wide range of power lift recliner sizes and stylesto help you find the perfect chair. 







How A Golden Lift Chair Aids Patients with Neuropathy

Woman Lifting out of the Golden Technologies MaxiComforter Power Lift Chair Recliner PR535

Written by: Aline Browning

If you or someone you love is suffering from neuropathy, a Golden power lift recliner is the best choice to aide in treatment and relief. 

According to this Google review, Amy H. wrote, “This chair has helped my mother-in-law immensely as her neuropathy has made it hard for her to use her feet/legs. Using the lift component has made it much easier for her to get out of the chair when she needs to. I also love how the controller has a USB port at the top so she can charge her devices right there – genius since her mobility is so limited. The chair is also sized correctly for her…Highly recommend this product.” 

Neuropathy is a form of nerve damage that causes symptoms such as numbness, muscle weakness, burning and tingling in the hands and feet, and loss of balance. Patients with peripheral neuropathy lose sensation in their feet, making them more prone to injury. Loss of sensation is usually precluded by tremendous nerve pain and tingling. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “It is estimated that around 60%-70% of individuals with Diabetes also have peripheral neuropathy. About 25%-30% of Americans are estimated to have it.”

The main obstacle that neuropathy presents is loss of balance, which can lead to falls and broken bones. “In a study of more than 500 women with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), 45% reported numbness in their hands and feet. These women had an altered gait pattern and were twice as likely to fall,” according to an article by the National Cancer Institute. 

Man Lifting Out of the Golden Technologies EZ Sleeper Power Lift Chair Recliner PR761

The sit-to-stand transition is seen as one of the most physically demanding motor functions needed to maintain our independence and that motor function can be impeded by the muscle weakness associated with peripheral neuropathy which can increase the risk for falling. With Golden’s MaxiComfort® lift chairs, including those with Twilight, the backrest opens slowly as the chair rises to provide supportive lift assistance that allows the user to gently exit the chair when they are ready.

As neuropathy progresses, wound care is also inevitable as patients have an increased risk for neuropathic ulcers and broken bones from toe-stubbing and falls. Diabetes is not the only cause of peripheral neuropathy. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Health conditions that cause peripheral neuropathy can include:

  • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Guillain-Barre syndrome, vasculitis, etc.
  • Infections
  • Inherited disorders
  • Tumors
  • Bone Marrow disorders
  • Hypothyroidism

Due to nerve damage, many individuals living with peripheral neuropathy often are unable to tell when they have injured their foot be it a broken toe stubbed on a coffee table or a cut from a sharp object. Some aren’t able to tell until they are already dealing with an infection. It is highly recommended by the medical professionals at the Cleveland Clinic that, “people living with diabetes (or their caregivers) inspect their feet daily for infections and wounds and never go barefoot.” 

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Another way Golden lift chairs with our patented Twilight positioning can benefit the caregiver and patient alike is providing better accessibility to the feet to aide in would care. Neuropathic ulcers generally occur under the bottom of the feet and debridement techniques are often recommended to treat them. This positioning offers a safe and comfortable means for the caregiver to access and treat the ulcers. While the average lift chair footboard may raise to approximately 21-22” and generally run parallel to the floor, the 5th zone that activates Twilight positioning raises the front of the chair, which puts the feet at an angle that is highly visible and accessible.

According to Mizisin, Department of Pathology (Neuropathology), University of California, “Nerve edema is a common response to the nerve injury seen in many peripheral neuropathies and is an important component of Wallerian degeneration.” Edema is swelling caused by a build-up of fluids around the nerves. In this case, a doctor may recommend a variety of mechanical treatments such as leg elevation, massage, compression, movement, and other measures. Be sure to discuss with your doctor which options are right for you.

Golden power lift recliners with Twilight Technology make regular foot inspections much easier for caregivers because their exclusively patented positioning technology provides a 15° ergonomic tilt after the footboard is raised, making feet visible and accessible for inspection and for dressing wounds. With so many positioning possibilities, it can be a great tool to ease the physical strain of being a caregiver and provide a useful station to offer care such as toenail trimming, foot moisturizing, or other recommended care. Whether you require leg elevation for foot inspection, or for longer use like elevation for drainage, Golden power lift recliners offer better leg elevation than any other power lift recliner around. Our Twilight models contain five Comfort Zones so that you can reposition easily for lasting comfort.

These are just a few ways that lift chairs can help make life easier for patients suffering from the long-term effects of peripheral neuropathy. By providing assistance with balance, relief of pressure points, and an ergonomic aid for wound care associated with neuropathic ulcers, Golden lift chairs can enrich the lifestyles of their owners.



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Forbes Health Names Golden BuzzAround CarryOn Among Best Lightweight Mobility Scooters of 2022

Woman Riding and Carrying the Golden Technologies Buzzaround CarryOn Mobility Scooter


Written By: Chris Carroll

After analyzing data on nearly 200 products from total weight to price to comfort and safety features, Forbes Health has named Golden’s BuzzAround CarryOn scooter on their list of Best Lightweight Mobility Scooters of 2022. 

In an increasingly competitive market for mobility aids that make movement possible for people who have trouble walking but still want to travel, work and visit friends freely, Golden’s vision is to build the most innovative and comfortable products that put you and your family’s lives in motion.

“Among the many brands and models of lightweight mobility scooters available, it’s an honor to have our BuzzAround CarryOn folding scooter reviewed and backed by Forbes as a stand-out in this market,” said Rich Golden, CEO of Golden Technologies. “It’s one of the hottest selling scooters due to its incredible transportability. Golden is known for making advances in technology and innovation in driving weight out of a scooter while increasing strength, weight capacity, and range, all while keeping a mobility aid portable, good-looking, and fun to drive. The new GB120 BuzzAround CarryOn scooter is a great example of this type of product focus,” he added. 

Golden Technologies Foldable Buzzaround CarryOn Mobility Scooter GB120

According to Forbes, the BuzzAround CarryOn scooter made the cut due to its inclusion of both front and rear lighting packages, which many scooters lack, the 18-mile travel range with its long-distance battery, and the four inches of ground clearance, which is impressive for a portable scooter. Their review also stated that the CarryOn does offer more generous padding than other travel scooters and a more ergonomic seat shape and higher-reaching backrest than many of its competitors, plus flip-up armrests provide useful flexibility and comfort as well.

The BuzzAround CarryOn mobility scooter is small in stature and big on fun. The super portable, sporty scooter takes customers where they want to go in comfort and style. It features an infinitely adjustable tiller, full front and rear lighting, and a 300 lb. weight capacity. It also features a basket for easy storage and a convenient drink holder on the tiller. The scooter disassembles into two pieces and is extremely easy to load into a car or SUV. The heaviest piece is just 47.5 lbs. 

Woman on a Golden Technologies Buzzaround CarryOn Scooter charging her cell phone with a Portable Lithium-Ion Battery & USB port

The CarryOn scooter offers long-range coverage up to 18 miles with a lithium-ion battery pack. The optional airline-friendly lithium-ion battery is sold separately with a travel case and is capable of charging a smartphone or tablet while in flight. The scooter is designed to fit in the smallest compartments at only 12 inches high when folded without the seat, perfect for under-bed storage on a cruise ship. 

Military Veteran Lou Lyons on a Golden Technologies Buzzaround CarryOn Mobility Scooter in Walt Disney World“We find that the retail market is certainly growing with mobility products more tailored to customers who want not only ease of use and portability in a mobility scooter or power wheelchair, but a way to express their individual style as well,” said Golden. “The BuzzAround CarryOn scooter has been embraced by our retailers for quick retail cash sales while helping customers be even more comfortable while dealing with the realities of travel,” he added.

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About Golden Technologies

Golden Technologies, a family-owned and operated company, is the world’s leading manufacturer of luxurious lift and recline chairs. We take great satisfaction in the superb craftsmanship and lasting durability of our growing lines of Power Lift Chairs, Mobility Scooters, and Power Wheelchairs. Golden’s products set the pace in our industry for performance, convenience, and comfort, because they all begin with superior materials and creative designs. We help provide our customers with a sense of independence, mobility, freedom, accomplishment, and belonging.  


Golden Offers Fastest Lead Times for Lift Recliners & Adds Models to Product Line

Old Forge, PA – At a time when global supply chain and transportation delays are causing a wave of uncertainty when it comes to knowing when products will be delivered, Golden Technologies is making changes that put them squarely at the forefront of offering the fastest lead times for power lift recliners in the country. Effective April 4, 2022, Golden is dropping lead times on in-stock chairs to just one week and custom builder orders to just six weeks.


“As part of our continued operational and logistics improvement processes, we are building more chairs than ever before and getting them out faster to provide our retailers with the quality products they need to increase their revenue,” said Rich Golden, CEO of Golden Technologies. “The net result is that we now offer the fastest lead times for power lift recliners in both the home medical equipment and the home furnishings industries,” he added.


In addition, Golden is adding models to the product offering with two new size options for the PR766 Relaxer power lift recliner in small and large. The Relaxer is the original MaxiComfort® chair and features a luxurious waterfall back with individual zippers for customizable comfort to relieve pressure and improve circulation. A full chaise pad provides lower body and leg support. Other models regularly stocked and available at the one-week lead time include Golden’s exclusive chairs with patented MaxiComfort® positioning and patented Twilight technology, which represents the next generation in their line of quality products. Lift chairs in their popular and long-standing, small-to-tall sized collection are stocked and ready to ship as well.


Golden has continued to invest heavily in new and exciting products with patented technologies designed for comfort and style to increase retail cash sales. Over the last 12 months, they have been working hard to expand a robust and diverse supply chain for parts and products to ensure a continuous supply of quality products and services to the HME market. The recent expansion of Golden’s distribution capabilities with a new facility also contributed to increasing finished goods inventory. The new distribution center expands over 170,000 square feet and is equipped with state-of-the-art warehousing equipment and systems for faster order fulfillment.

“The need for the products we offer is immediate,” said Golden. “We are continuously looking for ways to provide a faster and more efficient experience for our retailers and customers. Our goal is to continue to improve as we work to grow our operations,” he added.


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About Golden Technologies

Golden Technologies, a family-owned and operated company, is the world’s leading manufacturer of luxurious lift and recline chairs. We take great satisfaction in the superb craftsmanship and lasting durability of our growing lines of Power Lift Chairs, Scooters, and Power Wheelchairs. Golden’s products set the pace in our industry for performance, convenience, and comfort, because they all begin with superior materials and creative designs. We help provide our customers with a sense of independence, mobility, freedom, accomplishment, and belonging.

MS Awareness Month – My Story

Written By: Anna Giannakouros

Anna Giannakourous in her Golden LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair Firestar

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month. I’d like to take this opportunity to share my diagnosis, journey and lessons learned along the way.

My Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Anna Giannakouros when pregnantI was diagnosed with MS in 2009, a year after the birth of my third child. My first symptoms occurred during the pregnancy, which I attributed to being pregnant, and were very short sudden episodes of loss of leg function that would cause me to trip and sometimes fall.

Several months after giving birth I began experiencing balance issues and wasn’t able to easily wear high heels any longer, but I didn’t think too much of it at the time. One evening, during a jog, I had my first severe episode where I completely lost feeling in my legs and fell to the ground unable to get myself up. I lay there in shock for what felt like a very long time, but was probably about 10 minutes. Slowly the feeling came back in my legs and I began crawling across the pavement, eventually standing and walking again, until I made it back home with bloody knees and elbows and an awful sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach knowing that there was something terribly wrong.

Having been previously diagnosed with different back problems that can cause leg weakness and numbness (Degenerative Disk Disease, Intermediate Osteoarthritis and Spinal Stenosis) I was hoping that the episode was related to those issues in conjunction with the recent pregnancy. Lumbar MRIs of my spine supported that conclusion, as well. I had already been working with a physiotherapist for years to strengthen my spine and I continued to do so, but a few months later after experiencing another leg episode as well as numbness in my face, I booked another appointment with my General Practitioner who this time ordered MRIs of my brain and cervical spine. The results showed 4 active lesions in my brain and a cluster of active lesions in my cervical spinal cord.

I didn’t want to believe that I had Multiple Sclerosis and sought different opinions, but three neurologists confirmed the diagnosis and along with a positive spinal tap result, there was 99% certainty that that’s what it was. I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 34.

The Early Years of MS

I was determined to beat it. I was already pretty healthy, but made even healthier diet and lifestyle changes: eating well, exercising and reducing stress levels to a minimum. Along with taking medication (Copaxone) I also tried several other alternative therapies (ex. CCSVI).

For the first years, my MS was invisible. There were many times I was experiencing symptoms, but no one could tell. I did whatever I could to not let it interfere with my life. I was determined to stop the progression, but I kept slowly and steadily declining. In 2015, my leg disability worsened dramatically.

No new lesions in my brain were found and I was told that this was just part of the gradual decline of the existing damage, but I knew that something had changed and insisted more tests be performed. Ultimately an MRI of the cervical spine revealed that I had in fact relapsed and that there were new active lesions almost completely covering my entire cervical spine. This was absolutely devastating news for me.


Stem Cell Trial and Chemo TherapyAnna Giannakouros using a cane

We began discussion on more aggressive types of medication (Lemtrada) and in the meantime, I stopped working in order to focus full time on my recovery. I was frequenting an MS rehabilitation center which included physical, occupational, and psychological therapy. I was also seeing a naturopath, practicing yoga, and receiving acupuncture treatments regularly.

I heard of a Stem Cell (MESCAMS) Therapy Trial going on in Ottawa, Canada and I was determined to be accepted into it. I tenaciously called and sent letters and ultimately qualified and was accepted into the trial. I thought that finally my prayers had been answered.


I stopped all medication for 6 months before and after the trial and took part in the year-long study that included stem cell extraction and infusion, monthly MRIs, and physical endurance tests. But, throughout the course of the 2 years, I just kept slowly declining. By the end of the trial I was no longer able to walk anymore without the help of a Mobility Aid.


In 2018, nearly 10 years after diagnosis, I began chemo-based therapy (Mavenclad) for 2 years.

Soon after that I was diagnosed with Secondary Progressive MS, which statically means that there’s not much hope for improvement and that decline is inevitable.

Throughout this whole time I never gave up on the idea that I would get better. I never stopped trying to improve myself physically and spiritually and I never will.

Anna Giannakouros with her 3 young children


Accepting Chronic Illness

As it stands now, the disease has continued to steadily progress every year and I am disabled and unable to walk without assistance. Anna Giannakouros with her dog on the Golden LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair3I use a power wheelchair every day and I am dependent on it and other people to help me get around. I also suffer from chronic fatigue and pain. I’m actually living what, at one point, I thought of as my biggest fear.

There was a time when I blamed myself and had regrets and anger on what I could have done better or differently. Things like wishing I had chosen a better doctor or taken different medication. Also, medical mistakes were made that weren’t in my control and I resented that, often wondering how things could have been different for me if they hadn’t been made. But I don’t feel like that anymore. I truly believe that this was the path I was meant to follow and I am proud of myself and my lifestyle and for all the positive changes I’ve made in my life that serve me, independent of having the disease. I would not change anything.

It takes courage and wisdom to know when it’s time to accept an undesired situation.

Accepting a reality that you fought against doesn’t make you a failure or mean that you’re giving up. It means that you have evolved to a point where you can objectively see the situation for what it is and you can rise above it and make peace with it free of judgment and negative emotion. By accepting and surrendering to a circumstance with grace and confidence, we transcend, irrespective of our bodies and current circumstance. That doesn’t mean that we are happy with or believe that we will never get better or be fully happy again–that is actually what giving up would be. It means knowing that we will be okay no matter what happens.

Transcend Beyond Mind & Body

Anna Giannakouros with her three childrenI have come a long way from that young 34 year old woman that was going to kick MS’ butt and was upset that she couldn’t wear high heels anymore. I feel so much compassion, admiration, love and gratitude towards her. She tried her very best and did whatever she could with what she was given and with what she knew how to do. She did a good job and she’s still in there, doing a good job.

Sometimes we need to have faith that there is a bigger picture at work and surrender to what we can’t control.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in this journey is that life gives you the experiences you require in order to transcend whatever it is you need to transcend. What emerges is a beautiful rebirth of a new you, with strength, grace, wisdom, and understanding.

Having MS has helped me learn to truly love and accept myself in ways I never did before. Ironically, I’m more disabled now than I have ever been, but also the most confident, empowered, and comfortable in my own skin. It shattered the egoic image I had of myself and forced me to look within for inner peace and not at outside factors. We all need to do that.

We are given this majestic gift of a beautiful envelope of a body and this incredible mind that gives us the ability to think and develop, but we are much more than our bodies and our minds.  We shouldn’t identify with only that because our bodies inevitably age, falter and expire and our minds can lead us astray with fleeting thoughts.

Within us is immeasurable power and divinity and this life experience is given to us so that we can realize that. How do you realize it? When you transcend the human experience and find peace and love within you no matter what your human experience is.


Find Your Purpose

I hope one day I can walk with ease again. I will never give up on that hope. Anna Giannakouros with a caneIn the meantime, even though my life has changed, every day I wake up and choose to live my best life possible. For me, that means being the best version of myself, for myself, and for my family and the people that I love. I work on personal projects that inspire me. I set personal goals and reach them in areas of health and fitness. I practice self-care and self-love. I stay active and exercise because that makes me feel good and strong. I do simple things that make me happy like writing, cooking, reading and spending time with quality, supportive friends. I have a sense of purpose.

I think the best feeling in the world is to truly love and accept yourself and once you genuinely feel that, you’re able to give the same to others. I believe that we are put on this earth to connect with people. If I can be a role model or my story can help someone positively in any way, I believe that that is part of my purpose, in the big picture here on earth, and I’m very content with that.



Disability-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Written By: Anna Giannakouros


Anna Giannakouros and her husband celebrating Valentine's Day  

I grew up with a single mom and felt an abundance of love and affection from her, always. She had a larger than life personality with a genuine “joie de vivre” spirit. She was fun and kind hearted and the best mom in my eyes.

My fondest memories of her are mingled with the scent of fresh cut flowers and intimate celebrations of life and love. Every holiday was celebrated and every occasion was special, little and big.

Valentine’s Day was no different and a wonderful meal, chocolate, flowers and affection were always involved. We’d purchase these cute little Valentine’s Day die-cut cards that I would love to take apart, fill out and distribute to my classmates. Happy days!

So, for me, Valentine’s Day has always been a fun day not only related to celebrating with a romantic partner (which I’m definitely all for) but also an opportunity to celebrate love and express it to the ones around me. I never felt “alone” on Valentine’s Day, even when I was single. As I grew older I kept up with festivities and similar traditions my mom did with my family and children right down to the now vintage die-cut cards!

Die-Cut Valentine's Day Cards


This Valentine’s Day

Fast forward to present day and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. There’s a pandemic going on, there are city restrictions and we are in the dead of winter here where I live. Still no excuse not to take the opportunity to have some scheduled fun!

Here are some Valentine’s Day gift ideas if you would like to treat someone you love or yourself to some well-deserved self-love. These are coming from my perspective, which is disabled with mobility restrictions and a married mom of three kids.

I’m all about flowers, chocolate, massages, etc. but note, I think the most important part of a gift is giving thought to what to the person really likes, so logically, these are only examples of what I like, and you wouldn’t get flowers or chocolate or a massage for someone who wouldn’t particularly like those things!


The Simple Classic Gift: Bouquet of Flowers

Bouquet of Flowers for Valentine's DayFlowers are delightful majestic gifts from nature and I absolutely love them! They are beautiful, fragrant and easy to find and select from. They bring a presence to the room, livening and brightening it up. They put a smile on people’s faces and liven their hearts. They symbolize beauty, life, fragility and love.

The popular dozen roses purchase or lavish arrangements tend to be expensive around Valentine’s Day but in my opinion, even a single rose, a simple bouquet from the local market or a cute little potted plant is just as beautiful and meaningful.   




A Twist on Valentine’s Day DessertChocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine's Day

“All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz

Enough said! I think everyone has a guilty pleasure treat and Valentine’s Day is a perfect day for an excuse to indulge a little.

Take the time to learn the preferences of the person and the gift will be even more meaningful and exciting for them to receive, especially if it’s something they really love to eat.

For example, chocolate and other dessert treats are definitely my guilty pleasure, but because I have food restrictions I prefer dark chocolate and dairy and gluten-free desserts.

This year I ordered custom heart-shaped apricot and thumbprint cookies for my family because I know they love them. I can’t wait for them to arrive! It will be a treat for all of us.


Love Notes

There’s something about a handwritten note of affection that just warms my heart.

A letter, a sweet, funny or beautiful card, the card from a flower arrangement, a little note, even a surprise post-it in someone’s lunch box (I do this all the time), these are little but impactful ways you can show someone that you love them and are thinking about them. 


Massage Gift for Valentine’s Day

Massage Spa Day Gift For Valentine's DayA gift certificate or booking for a professional massage is an excellent gift in my book! I can have a massage every day of the week and enjoy every single one! Especially having Multiple Sclerosis and spasticity issues, massages feel good and are super beneficial for me. I have always enjoyed them, even before being diagnosed.


Things to consider for mobility impaired recipients:


I’ve had some very bad massage experiences when it comes to accessibility where the location was very difficult to get to or was not wheelchair accessible at all. The whole point of a massage is to relax and feel good and if just getting there is frustrating and a big accommodation or commotion is involved in just getting you to the room, it really takes away from the experience. 

  • Make sure the place is very wheelchair friendly before selecting it. You want the person to feel pampered, not frustrated.
  • Make sure the beds lower for an easy transfer so the person can undress and feel comfortable transferring safely on their own.
  • Many massage therapists perform home visits which can be very ideal if a person prefers the comfort and convenience of their own home, especially during the pandemic


Massage Therapist

Choose an experienced and professional therapist! I’ve had some bad experiences where the entire session became about receiving unsolicited medical advice or questions about my condition or hearing about other people’s illnesses. There’s a time and place for everything and for me, a massage bed is to relax and get lost in the massage. That’s it! Especially as a Valentine’s Day gift.

Types of Massages

  • Couples massages are fun and romantic and it’s easier and more comfortable to have your partner with you in the room as you undress and transfer.
  • If a full body massage with undressing and transferring wouldn’t be desired there are other types of massage that are amazing and more easily accommodated like, for example, reflexology (which is all about your feet), neck and shoulder massages and head massages.


Spa Day

I love a good spa day and have enjoyed the spa with my husband, with my girlfriends or with my daughter. In fact, I have a wonderful spa day with my daughter planned for this Valentine’s Day weekend and we can’t wait! It’s a wonderful, loving, pampering and relaxing experience to share with someone or to gift someone (or yourself).

There are many spas and combinations of treatment option packages to choose from that include things like body treatments, thermotherapy (hot/cold baths), massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, hair treatments, etc.

Same as with going for a massage, accessibility is a huge factor so make sure the place is disability friendly, especially spas with outdoor jacuzzis and pools that involve changing rooms and facilities.

Many qualified estheticians and hairdressers do home visits, which is an easier and more comfortable option as well. I have amazing professionals who come to my home for my hair, nails, massages and facials and it’s such a huge convenience especially during the cold winter months where going out with my wheelchair is much more difficult


Valentine’s Day Dinner

Couple at Restaurant with a Golden Technologies LiteRider Envy Power WheelchairEating out is wonderful for Valentine’s Day and I definitely appreciate date nights out at a delicious restaurant.

If you are planning a night out and want it to be special, consider what the other person actually enjoys eating and what time and location is best for them.

For example, because I carry a chronic illness, I get more easily tired and late nights out are hard on my body and I tend to really pay for it the next day.  For that reason I enjoy eating dinner out very early in the evening, like around 5 p.m., so I can feel my best and enjoy it but still make it home early enough to rest and feel my best the next day.

Make sure the restaurant is really wheelchair accommodating and that doesn’t mean just having a ramp to get in; I’ve been to restaurants where the tables are so close together that we actually had to have people get up from their meals to move their chairs so that I can pass through and get to my table and then again, back and forth, to the restroom. Not the best feeling!

Choose a restaurant that has easy parking and a nice and acceptable handicap washroom (I’ve seen some real fails in this area); it really makes all the difference in the experience.


Plan a Fun Activity

Planning something special for your partner or someone you love is fun and exciting and a good way to break up the monotony and gloominess of a long winter (depending on where you live), especially by mid-February when a lot of us are fed up.

I like to plan fun activities with my husband and kids to liven things up. For example, we’ve taken painting classes together, visited ceramics cafés and escape rooms, gone to see movies together, etc.

This year my kids and I are baking cookies on Valentine’s Day weekend. Also, keeping up with my mom’s tradition, we will enjoy a special Valentine’s dinner at home ordering in our favorite meals and desserts and enjoying them as a family.


Weekend Getaway

You had me at hotel! I don’t know any woman who would say no to a weekend getaway (or any-day-of-the-week getaway) where she can relax and recharge. Especially a mom!

I’ve actually enjoyed little getaways at a hotel in the same city I live in just to get away from my regular routine and the regular stresses of life we all have. There’s something about crisp sheets, sleeping in, a beautiful view and room service that just makes me feel happy!

Depending on the person’s interests, book at a place they would love or that you can enjoy together if you are joining them. Maybe something romantic in nature and/or like a cottage in the woods, at a hotel with a spa as an added bonus, a bed and breakfast, or a hotel in the heart of a city.

Similar to my other suggestions, make sure the place is wheelchair friendly in a tasteful and elegant way. I’ve been to high-end hotels where handicap accessible rooms and bathrooms were downright ugly and the design was more of an afterthought than anything else.


Personal Gifts

Gifts are always welcome in my book and Valentine’s Day is no exception!

Choose a gift that is personal to the person and shows you have given thought to what they actually like, need or are interested in.

For example, intimate things like their favorite perfume or one that you like very much and think suits them. Jewelry is also a nice idea and doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Body lotions/soaps/spays is another nice idea.  

For myself, I’m very much into working out so workout clothes are a great personal gift that I would love, appreciate and use often.

If someone you love is mobility challenged, consider gifting them something that would make their life easier like perhaps a nice power lift recliner or a stylish mobility device like a scooter or power wheelchair. That’s definitely a personal gift coming from the heart and can really make a huge difference in someone’s everyday life.


Celebrate the Ones You Love 

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

More than what you give them or even say to them, people will always remember how you made them feel. Why not find a way to make someone feel special this Valentine’s day?

Life is short and things happen. We lose the people we love for different reasons, some because of choices that are made, others because life gives us no choice. The end result is the loss.

For that reason, every day is a reason to celebrate life and the people we love who are by our side and Valentine’s Day is no different.

Buy the flowers, write the note, eat the chocolate! Appreciate the love in your life in whatever form it is–your partner, your family, your friends, your pet, or yourself. Don’t hold back on expressing love, kindness and appreciation when you can. These are the moments that life is really about.

Anna Giannakouros with her husband and her dog on her Golden Technologies LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair Firestar  


Golden Welcomes Third-Generation Family Members to Team


Alyssa, Rich and Rich, Jr. Golden Family in Showroom

Old Forge, PA – The world’s leading manufacturer of power lift recliners is proud to announce the addition of two third-generation Golden family members to the team. Richard Golden, Jr., and Alyssa Golden joined Golden Technologies, a family-owned and operated business in the Home Medical Equipment (HME) industry that has been at the forefront of innovation and technology producing power lift recliners, mobility scooters, and power wheelchairs for over 35 years.

“It’s hard to believe when Golden was first started in a local garage by my father, Robert Golden, and his business partner, Fred Kiwak, that we would grow to become the largest manufacturer in the USA and abroad of power lift recliners and mobility products. Having my two oldest children – Richard, Jr., and Alyssa – join our company is truly an amazing and extremely proud feeling. Both of them are valuable assets to the organization. We look forward to all of their contributions in the years to come, ensuring strong profitability and making recommendations for continued growth,” said Rich Golden, President & CEO of Golden Technologies. “I’m excited for them to work with our incredible employees who care about Golden’s success. I’m grateful for all of our dedicated HME retailers and thousands of loyal customers who support us each day,” he added.

Rich Golden JrRichard Golden, Jr., has been named Cost Accountant in the Finance Department and is responsible for assessing business expenses and preparing budget plans for Golden Technologies. His duties include reviewing financial records, researching the market rate for key business costs, and adjusting the company ledger to accurately reflect financial performance. In his new role, Richard will collaborate with other accountants and financial staff in the company to provide support to executives and department heads who establish goals and budgets for the organization.

“I’m very proud to be joining the Golden Team as now a third-generation Golden. It is truly a privilege to be able to work with such a talented and hardworking group of individuals, in every single department company-wide,” said Richard. “What a great feeling it is knowing firsthand that the products we provide help others and make such a positive impact on the lives of so many people who need them. I’m looking forward to a bright future with Golden Technologies!” he added.

Richard joined the team after gaining several years of experience in accounting in Philadelphia, PA. He served as Senior Accountant at DF Young, Inc., an international shipping and logistics company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Saint Joseph’s University. In addition, he worked at Golden’s distribution center while attending college and completed an internship in the Finance Department.

Alyssa Golden was named Content Alyssa GoldenCoordinator in the Marketing Department, having previously served as Marketing Assistant on the team. She is responsible for leading the ongoing strategy to develop written and video content for social media and other digital marketing platforms. Delivering engaging content is more important than ever to help grow Golden’s following on multiple social media channels to drive traffic to the company website and build overall brand awareness of all product lines. Alyssa also completed an internship in the Marketing Department while attending college. She is the first third-generation Golden to work at the family-owned business.

“I feel very proud to be a part of the next generation of Golden, especially with my brother, Richie, joining the family business. It feels like just yesterday when we would test drive the scooters around the factory for fun, not realizing the impact these products have on thousands and thousands of people. Now we’re bringing new ideas to the table and learning all aspects of the company. We look up to our Dad more than anything, and he’s raised us to always stay humble, be driven, and treat others the way we want to be treated,” said Alyssa. “There are many people at Golden who have been around for 25+ years. Some of them were even at the hospital when I was born! I’ve always viewed them as family, and now teammates as well,” she added.

Before joining Golden, Alyssa served as a Marketing Intern at Universal Music Group in Philadelphia, PA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree in Communication from Drexel University. Alyssa is also a freelance Event Vocalist performing live locally and nationally at professional sporting events.

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About Golden Technologies

Golden Technologies, a family-owned and operated company, is the world’s leading manufacturer of luxurious lift and recline chairs. We take great satisfaction in the superb craftsmanship and lasting durability of our growing lines of Power Lift Chairs, Scooters, and Power Wheelchairs. Golden’s products set the pace in our industry for performance, convenience, and comfort, because they all begin with superior materials and creative designs. We help provide our customers with a sense of independence, mobility, freedom, accomplishment, and belonging.