Living Empowered



Anna Golden Technologies Blog Multiple Sclerosis LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair GP162

Living Empowered

Life is all about going through challenges, and overcoming adversity isn’t new to mankind. It has always been the case since the beginning of time and it always will be. But sometimes when we are caught up in life challenges and are experiencing negative emotion, it’s difficult to see or believe that we will get past it. We are emotional beings with a constant influx of thoughts and emotions and it’s normal to feel discouraged at times.

What helps is to realize that we are built to be able to overcome whatever we experience in this life. It is simply how we are designed. No matter what our specific circumstances are, we all have the ability to live an empowered life filled with many moments of peace, love, fulfillment and joy.

The reason for that is that our state of being is different from our life situation that sometimes consists of life challenges and adversities.

Our life situation is always changing and based on circumstances, surrounding and experience and some things are under our control while others are not. Examples are:  being single, married or divorced; young or old; adored or rejected; alone or in a relationship; working or unemployed; financially successful or going bankrupt; healthy or chronically ill; disabled or able-bodied; rich or poor; in  celebration or bereavement; with blessings or loss;  etc… and the list goes on and on, forever.

When you believe your level of joy and peace is based on your life situation, there is never a guarantee that you will be okay because your life situation is always changing and nothing is ever guaranteed. That in turn would mean that your ability to experience joy and peace is also not guaranteed.  Following that logic, what happens when hardships fall upon you that force you to change your identity and way of life? What happen if you experience a chronic illness that you do not recover from or another major pitfall in your life? Does that mean you will never be happy ever again?

No, it doesn’t.

Who we truly are and our ability to feel positive emotion is something independent and far beyond our bodies, identity, and fluctuating life situation. We are powerful beings, having a human experience. We are timeless souls, whose true essence is peace, joy and love. We are pure potential and resilience and no circumstance that we come across in our life experience can ever prevent us from tapping into those states because they are innately what we are and what we are made of.

Only our own thinking prohibits those feelings from coming through.

When we realize that something shifts within us and it allows us to experience life from a different perspective and to begin truly living in gratitude, mindfulness and the awe of it all, no matter what the experience is.

I can honestly say that I’ve experienced more levels of conscience happiness and peace in my life now, having a chronic illness and being disabled, than I ever have in my life. That’s not to say that you have to go through hardships in order to feel this way, but sometimes life puts you into circumstances that nudges you in the direction where glorious self-discovery is found.

Happiness comes from within and not surroundings. When you don’t realize that you can have the most perfect life experience, but you will still suffer every day. When you tap into the love within you and understand that it all comes from within you, you can have many life challenges, but know you will always have the ability to bounce back and be okay.

Anna Golden Technologies Blog Multiple Sclerosis LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair GP162

Rise Above Limiting Beliefs

I’m often surprised by the reaction I receive from people at random times and in different situations when I show up somewhere with a mobility device. They assume I am suffering, depressed or unsatisfied with my life. They show concern like putting their hands on my shoulder and asking, “How are doing?” and often when I say I’m fine, they assume I’m just trying to be strong and say things like “Hang in there” or “It’s okay not to be okay”.

Here are some other reactions I’ve received and what people have said to me in those situations.  Most of these have been at social events when I am simply there to celebrate and have a good time:

  • Someone will start to cry and say how badly they feel for me.
  • “Well, look at you, how can you be fine?”
  • “Well, you must have your dark moments.”
  • “I would rather die than be in a wheelchair.”
  • “I don’t know how you do it.”
  • “You need to stay strong for your kids.”
  • “Life is so hard, especially for you.”
  • Someone will give me examples of other people they know with chronic illness and/or who have died.
  • No matter how I try to change the conversation, they will drive it back to me being ill or disabled.
  • I’ve been randomly approached at the gym and told it isn’t the right place for me and I’m liable to get hurt.
  • I’ve been offered unsolicited medical advice about everything under the sun more times than I can count and even told to go to church and receive Holy Communion.

I truly don’t hold any bad feelings against anyone, but these examples reinforce a victim way of thinking that our lives are ruined when we are faced with challenging life situations, in my case, having Multiple Sclerosis and disability and that we lose our ability to ever feel happy and fulfilled ever again.

If I believed this way of thinking I would probably spend most days stagnant and depressed at home.

The worst thing is not what others say or believe. It is if these types of conversations plant seeds in your mind, or reinforce beliefs that you have overcome, or bring to mind a way of thinking that makes you feel like your life is “bad”.  Sometimes, I have even questioned myself, doubted myself, wondered if I’ve illusioned myself into thinking that my life is “good” when so many people around me appear to think it’s a tragedy. I don’t believe I have.

 

Thoughts

The perception of your life is based on your beliefs and thoughts. Our beliefs influence our thoughts, and our thoughts create our emotions. Positive thoughts create positive emotions and negative thoughts negative emotions.

For example, if you have thoughts that you are inferior, that your life is over and that you will never be happy again, and you believe them, then you will feel hopeless and depressed.

Instead, if you let those sad thoughts pass you like clouds and dwell on only the ones that make you feel good, like that you are full of potential, strong, capable, alive, etc …  your perception will shift and you will begin to truly feel good, capable, appreciative and strong.

We can always choose which thoughts we dwell on.

The happier your thoughts are, the happier you are emotionally and the better you feel physically and are more in tune with your body’s natural flow.

No matter what your life situation is you always have the ability to process your thoughts in a manner to allow yourself to live empowered and have a fulfilling life.

In fact, even better, is to try and not think too much in general! Especially over thinking! Don’t think too much about the past and don’t think too much about the future but be so consumed with the present moment that you get lost in it. The more time we spend out of intellect, just being, existing free of thought, less control, more aliveness, the more our lives begin to effortlessly unfold for the better around us. The ultimate connection you can have with yourself and the universe is being fully in the present moment.

 

Create Your Life

Let go of the image and idea of what you thought your life should have been and meet yourself right now exactly where you are at in your life situation and accept all of it, fully loving yourself and every single aspect of your life, even the things you aren’t happy with.

It is from that place of peace, love and acceptance for yourself where the possibilities begin to unfold.

From that space of love and acceptance, get in the game of life and use your power to create the life you desire. Do what you can from what is within your control. Do what you feel passionate about. Do it healthy, ill, walking, standing, from a wheelchair or even your bed. Do it single, divorced, widowed, bankrupt or whatever else your life situation is, it doesn’t matter.

If you would like to make changes to your identity, understand that we are beings of full potential and that every passing moment is a rebirth of who we can be. Take positive action towards that.

If you feel that something isn’t possible, understand that when something is lost or ends that doesn’t mean all the avenues have been closed.  Put your best foot forward, in any way you can, and take action in the direction that feels right to you. Do it with grace, ease and faith that you are on the right path. When you begin to take positive action, the next steps to take appear before you.

The key is to stay lighthearted and to keep moving forward while putting your focus and energy into the positive things in your life. The river of life is always flowing and we are just along for the swim.

You are the hero of your own story, write it.

You are the writer, director, and star of your own movie, enjoy it.

You are the miracle of life, believe it.

Anna Golden Technologies Blog Multiple Sclerosis

My Journey

When I was diagnosed with MS, my life started to change and my old life didn’t meet my new life anymore, so it forced me to move, and that is what life is always about. Nobody’s life stays exactly the same all the time, and if it does, we wouldn’t really be fulfilled.

When I became disabled, my life changed some more, my career changed, the people I hung out with changed and the activities that I did changed. I was forced to mourn my old identity. I didn’t realize though, that slowly and organically, my life started to shift. As I started accepting the changes in my life, I began gravitating to a new direction. Now I find myself more in my peace of mind, happy in my career, fulfilled with my activities, appreciating the people in my life, and I have a whole new life. It wasn’t easy but it’s fine, I’m just as happy, if not happier than I’ve ever been. I am not inferring that adversity is required for positive life change, what I mean is that life will shove you in different directions but we can always find the right path for us to discover who we truly are.

Embrace the changes in your life that have fallen upon you. Work with them. The path is different for all of us but the game of life is the same for us all. There is always something to learn and new growth to experience.

With all my flaws, life challenges, grievances, hardships, moments of heartbreak and sorrow, mistakes and regrets I have still made it to this point in my life and I feel at peace with it all choosing the feeling of love and gratitude in my heart over anything else. I believe that moments of pain and happiness are one of the same and both gifts of this life experience.  I try and use the energy I have to invest in my life and not complain about it.

Go through the ups and downs of the journey of life but don’t take any of it too seriously, we are all heading to the same place anyway.  Lead with your heart and have faith that you’re on the right path and that your soul will always guide you home.

Written By: Anna Giannakouros


Golden Expands Power Wheelchair Line with All-New BuzzAbout & LiteRider Envy LT



 

Old Forge, PA – Golden Technologies has launched new innovative product in the mobility division. The introduction of two new power wheelchair designs with added comfort and performance features will help retailers drive cash sales in an increasingly competitive market for mobility aids.

“We invested heavily in new and exciting mobility products to provide our retailers with high-performance products designed for comfort and style to increase their retail cash sales,” said Rich Golden, CEO of Golden Technologies. “We continually strive to be at the forefront of innovation and design with all our products,” he added.

“The GB164 BuzzAbout power wheelchair ushers in the next level of power wheelchair options across the home health care industry and has been enthusiastically received by our retailers for both functionality and design. The new entry-level GP161 LiteRider Envy LT rounds out the line-up and continues to mean quality and value. The combination of these three power wheelchairs on our retailer’s showroom floor gives them a powerful good, better, best retail offering,” said Golden.

Full-time luxury on the go comes with the convenience of true portability on the revolutionary new BuzzAbout, the first power wheelchair in our popular Buzzaround Series. Perfect for travel, the BuzzAbout power wheelchair is in a class all its own. It has a stylish captain’s seat with contoured support and higher back for longer seating tolerance and comfort. It features motion sensing LED running lights on the footplate and rear handle activated when the controller is moved. It also features a 300 lb. weight capacity, 2-22 AH batteries standard, convenient offboard charging, and easy disassembly for transport. The BuzzAbout offers excellent performance and maneuverability indoors and out for an active lifestyle.

The all-new LiteRider Envy LT power wheelchair is both stylish and durable with a silver powder-coated frame and tubular design that is unique to the Golden LiteRider family. The Envy LT features a compact controller and well-styled joystick designed to make everyday tasks easier such as driving up to a table or maneuvering through a doorway. The Envy LT has an impressive 27” turning radius, making it perfect for indoor or outdoor use, and offers a 250 lb. weight capacity with an operating range of up to 11.4 miles on two 12V 18AH batteries. It also offers convenient offboard charging and easy disassembly for transport. The Envy LT offers excellent value and performance.

The new power wheelchairs will be unveiled in October at the upcoming Medtrade Convention, which will be held in Atlanta, GA, at the Georgia World Congress Center. Golden will feature these truly unique power wheelchairs that allow individuals to experience maximum comfort with minimal effort while on the move.

Visit www.goldentech.com for more information.

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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.


Golden Breast Cancer Survivor’s Journey



Golden Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Written By: Alyssa Golden

 

“I remember waking up from my surgery and saying, “Excuse me! I have to go!”

“What? Where are you going?” said the doctor.

“I have to get back to work!” says Donna Payer, Golden’s Veteran’s Affairs Manager of 27 years.

Donna’s interaction with her doctor goes to show her strong drive and passion for her work despite just having gone through a serious, major surgery. At Golden, Donna can be found taking charge of our VA Division, keeping watch of all our contracts, working daily with VA Medical Centers across the U.S, and much more. But what many people might not know is that this hard-working Golden team member is also a breast cancer survivor.

“It was January of 2011 when I got the call. I had gone in for a mammogram and learned that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. There are so many thoughts that go through your head when you hear the word cancer. Everything about your life… one minute before you hear that, feels like it’s gone,” says Donna.

“We were just awarded the VA contract days before too, and I had to fly to Chicago to meet with contracting officers to sign for the award. I remember being in the airport and looking around at all these people who are going about their lives, and thinking, ‘they have no idea what I’m in for.’

Donna Payer VA

Donna started her treatment in May which she refers to as, “The Big Treatment.” She went through Chemotherapy and Radiation as well as two surgeries. “It was hard to go through, but I made the decision that I had to do what I needed to do to heal,” says Donna.

“I took the first week off of work, but that was it. The thing I wanted to do the most was to be normal,” says the Golden Hall of Fame team member of 27 years.

“Rich Golden, the CEO, called me when I just got the news, and we were both crying on the phone. He sent me an email with something from Joel Osteen and it was so beautiful. He said whatever I needed I could have, but I didn’t want to not work. We had just been awarded three new VA contracts and I truly wanted to keep working.”

Besides losing her hair, Donna says she feels lucky to have not gotten sick during her treatment. She saw what others in her position went through and is blessed to have such a strong support system throughout her journey. She had her mom, sister, family members, close friends such as Lisa Miller, and also her Faith that helped her get through it all.

Donna Payer

“If there’s someone out there going through breast cancer or any kind of cancer, I want to say to not give up hope. Do what you need to do to get through it; you will get to the other side of the mountain. It’s possible to make it through. Having been through it, I’m always here to talk. I’ve looked at life differently since.”

Shortly after learning the news that Donna had been diagnosed with breast cancer, Golden joined a partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation creating awareness and donating to this cause. Golden manufactured pink chairs and pink shrouds for scooters that sold out immediately.

People like Donna is what makes Golden so great, and we’re beyond grateful to have someone like her on our team. Donna has been instrumental in Golden’s growth, especially within our mobility department, and we’re thankful for her sharing her journey with us. Like she said, for anyone out there who’s going through something, “There’s always the other side of the mountain.”


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.

Nocturia

 

Nocturia

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.

Woman Lifting out of golden power lift recliner

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!

https://www.goldentech.com/dealer-locator/

 

Sources:

https://labblog.uofmhealth.org/rounds/nearly-half-of-women-over-50-experience-incontinence-but-most-havent-talked-to-a-doctor

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK518987/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4395748/

https://urologylosangeles.com/incontinent-5-celebrities-incontinence/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2944440/

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/urinary-incontinence/urinary-incontinence-in-women


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.

 

Visit www.goldentech.com for more information.

 

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.

Golden Technologies PR761-MLA Power Lift Chair Recliner

 

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. 

Golden Technologies Power Lift Chair Recliner Benefits

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/aging/aginginfo/alzheimers.htm

https://www.alzinfo.org/treatment-care/blogs/2014/01/risk-falling-increases-dementia/

https://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/53/2/474

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5366266/#:~:text=Cognitive%20impairment%20has%20been%20identified,factor%20for%20falls%20in%20aging.&text=Impaired%20executive%20function%2C%20but%20not,falls%20in%20healthy%20older%20adults.&text=Dementia%20is%20considered%20an%20independent%20risk%20factor%20for%20falling%20in%20older%20adults.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4269139/#:~:text=Sarcopenia%20is%20a%20condition%20characterized,skeletal%20muscle%20mass%20and%20function.

https://agsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.17206?af=R

https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/STEADI-Assessment-30Sec-508.pdf

 


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. 

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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.” 

Golden Technologies Power Lift Chair Recliner with Twilight PR515

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.

 

 

For more resources related to foot care and neuropathic ulcers please visit:

https://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/footcare/prevention

To find support groups in your area, you can email the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy:

info@tffpn.org

 

 

https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/cancer-currents-blog/2016/peripheral-neuropathy-falls

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14737-neuropathy#:~:text=About%208%25%20of%20adults%20over,)%2C%20and%20heavy%20alcohol%20use.

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17169-foot-and-toe-ulcers

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2195637/

 

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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.

To find a Golden retailer near you, use this link to visit our Retailer Locator: www.goldentech.com/dealer-locator/

Read the complete Forbes Health review

 

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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.

 

Visit www.goldentech.com for more information.

 

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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.