Golden Veterans Day Virtual 5K



Golden Veterans Day Virtual 5K Fundraiser 2021

 

Are you looking for a way to help our veterans in need this Veterans Day? Golden Technologies is honored to hold our 2nd annual Veterans Day Virtual 5K November 6th-14th with our team members, friends, and family nationwide to help benefit an amazing cause. Sign up for and/or donate to Golden’s Veterans Day Virtual 5K to benefit The Semper Fi & America’s Fund for combat wounded, ill, and injured veterans! Registration is FREE and can be completed online: give.thefund.org/golden. This virtual race is based on the honor system and completing a 5K is not required (we just thought it sounded good!). Feel free to scoot/walk/run/bike or complete any type of physical activity of your choosing from November 6th-14th and please send us your photos honoring the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our great nation!

The Semper Fi & America’s Fund was given an exceptional rating by Charity Navigator and was highly recommended by Military.com. This charity was created in 2003 by a dedicated group of Marine spouses. Just back from Operation Iraqi Freedom, the first wave of wounded Marines and Sailors landed at Camp Pendleton, California. The group began to organize welcome home activities at the hospital. They arranged travel for family members who couldn’t afford airfare. They provided a specialized van for a Marine who is now a quadriplegic through the generosity of donors like retired Marine Colonel Jack Kelly. The group assembled and distributed care bags filled with toiletries and phone cards. And the charity was born. 

Register by Nov. 14th, 2021 to join the virtual raceTO REGISTER OR DONATE, visit give.thefund.org/golden and select JOIN TEAM OR DONATE. Please share our team’s page to ask for donations for injured & ill veterans. 

And don’t forget to post your photos to #GoldenVetDay5K, Facebook message them to @GoldenTechnologies or email them to marketing@goldentech.com.


How To Help Manage Chronic Pain 



Pregnant Woman Resting in Golden Technologies PR118 Elara Power Lift Chair Recliner

Written By: Aline Browning

 

Pain Comes in All Forms

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine (2021), “Nearly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which is more than those who have diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.” The most commonly reported chronic pain in adults is low back pain, followed by knee pain, and chronic migraines.  Fortunately, Golden’s Comfort Zone Power Lift Recliners have patented positioning technology designed to help alleviate body aches and pains.

Woman with Back Pain

Low back pain can be caused by Sciatica, labor-related injury, Arthritis, Spina Bifida,or Spinal Stenosis, and many other reasons. Spinal Stenosis is a condition that becomes increasingly common with age. “Over time, the cumulative effects of gravity bring the vertebrae closer together, and the discs also tend to dry out and become thinner. With less cushioning between them, the vertebrae rub against one another, causing arthritis. Arthritic bone deposits can narrow the channels through which nerves pass, putting pressure on them and producing pain.” Harvard Health Publishing (2019).

Selfcare is a common treatment for Spinal Stenosis according to the Mayfield Clinic,  “When lying on your back a pillow support should be utilized under the knees. Remember a pillow should support the neck not the head.” Furthermore their recommendations for proper sleeping posture are, “using correct posture and keeping your spine in alignment are the most important things you can do for your back. The lower back bears most of your weight, so proper alignment of this area can prevent injury to your vertebrae, discs, and other portions of your spine.”

Golden power lift recliners with 4 and 5 Comfort Zones, offer articulating headrest and lumbar support that caWoman Sleeping in PR632 DayDreamer Power Lift Chair Reclinern be easily adjusted to offer ideal support for your spine as well as leg elevation to alleviate pressure on the lumbar. 

“Knee pain is the second most common cause of chronic pain” among adults in the U.S. according to Classic Rehabilitation, Inc. Often patients find themselves seeking a surgical remedy such as knee replacement. Golden power lift recliners are luxurious and comfortable home medical equipment that offer support during a vulnerable time. They help patients and caregivers with lift assistance, balance, and can help keep the leg raised above the heart, which may help with swelling.

 

According to Dr. Omoigui, from his medical journal on The Biochemical Origin of Pain, “Another leading cause of pain is inflammation and particularly Edema. Edema can happen from a weakening in the valves of the veins in the legs (a condition called venous insufficiency). This problem makes it hard for the veins to push blood back up to the heart, and leads to varicose veins and a buildup of fluid in the legs.” Cleveland Clinic, (2021). They also recommend, “Keeping your legs elevated above the level of the heart” as a method to reduce swelling. Our MaxiComfort power lift recliners offer the Trendelenburg position, which positions the legs just above the level of the heart to achieve this recommended leg elevation.

Patients suffering from the symptoms of Edema are also vulnerable to pressure sores. Golden power lift recliners allow individuals to change positions frequently and we offer a large variety of fabrics that are both breathable and temperature neutral such as our exclusive supple Brisa® fabrics. This durable fabric is softer to the touch than leather and has a porous surface that allows airflow to the skin.

Golden Technologies Brisa Fabric

Varicose veins are another form of chronic pain that can happen, mostly in the legs. According to the Mayo Clinic (2021), “Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins. Any superficial vein may become varicosed, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs. That’s because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body.” Varicose veins can cause burning and cramping sensations in the legs. This aching, throbbing, and swelling can also be accompanied by discoloration. The Mayo Clinic (2021) recommends, “Self-care—such as exercises, elevating your legs or even wearing compression stockings,” as a method to help prevent them from becoming worse.

The causes of chronic pain can vary considerably from injury-related chronic pain, to chronic pain caused by inflammation, to pain caused by exposure to environmental factors. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defined pain as, “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”

We try to measure and convey our pain in units, scales from 1 to 10, and even the Wong-Baker Pain Scale, which is a 0-10 scale composed of various facial expressions meant to communicate the level of pain an individual is experiencing. One thing is for sure, no matter how we try to communicate to others how we feel, at the time it very much feels like we are shouldering the burden of chronic pain alone. Pain, while subjective, as it happens to us on an individual basis, is also universal. It causes us to feel distressed or not like ourselves and we all do what we can to try to function normally despite our discomfort. Golden power lift chairs can help you to retain some of the comfort and mobility that you had before this pain came into your life and will still prove to be a wonderful addition to your home long after the pain has passed.  

 

 

https://philosiblog.com/2012/06/27/although-the-world-is-full-of-suffering-it-is-also-full-of-the-overcoming-of-it/

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/stories/september_pain_awareness_month.html

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/12564-edema

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5902252/

https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/when-to-get-help-for-low-back-pain

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/symptoms-causes/syc-20350643

https://wongbakerfaces.org/

 

 

 

 


Golden Technologies Is Hiring!



Are you looking for rewarding, full-time, day shift work in production, warehousing or customer service? Golden Technologies has been in business for almost 40 years producing medical equipment sold worldwide! We have on-the-job training and our employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits and prescription drug program, 40lK with generous match, paid time off, holidays, rewards for perfect attendance all starting at $15 per hour, plus incentives. We have openings in both our Old Forge and Pittston Locations. The Golden family invites you to join our great team! Apply at www.goldentech.com/careers or call 1-800-624-6374.


The Importance of an Ergonomic Chair



Golden Technologies Comfort Zone Power Lift Chair Recliners

Written By: Jackie Caraballo and Aline Browning

An Ergonomic Chair Is A Must-Have At Any Age

If you’re like most people, when you reach your 30s your body starts to lose its youthfulness and you begin to realize the importance of ergonomic support and good posture. I knew my posture wasn’t the greatest, but after seeing a physical therapist for the first time for back pain, I realized just how important good posture and ergonomic furniture is to help relieve and prevent future aches and pains. 

Although you may not need major pain-relieving methods now, make sure you’re treating your body right to avoid problems in the future. Think about how many hours of your life have been spent sitting. One in four American adults sit for more than eight hours a day, according to federal research from investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Ergonomic Chairs for Back Pain Relief

Spine-Health reports that millions of people are sitting in badly designed chairs or in a position that can cause chronic back pain and undue suffering. “Ergonomics is about designing for our physiology. Whether you are buying an ergonomic chair to support your back or taking steps to improve your posture, knowing proper techniques and proper chair design will help you improve your back’s health.”

Golden Technologies PR761 EZ Sleeper Power Lift Chair Recliner

Golden Power Lift Recliners feature up to five zones of ergonomic and patented wellness positioning to support and rejuvenate your whole body. Each Comfort Zone can be adjusted independently to find your perfectly unique supportive position by using our exclusive AutoDrive hand control

Golden Technologies Power Lift Chair Recliners with 5 Comfort Zones

Zone Five features our exclusive, patented Twilight Technology. This patented tilting motion provides a feeling of weightlessness beyond zero gravity and offers even more positioning options that aren’t available with other recliners. Encourage circulation by relaxing with your legs elevated or promote the release of muscle tension and joint pain in a comforting neutral position. Twilight lift recliners offer the greatest array of rejuvenating positions to find the perfect angle for ultimate comfort and relaxation.

Zone Four focuses on lumbar support. The custom and firm support of the adjustable lumbar can take pressure off your spine while giving your back muscles the chance to rest and rejuvenate. 

Zone Three supports your head placement with an adjustable headrest, allowing for tension to be released from your neck and shoulders while encouraging the natural shape of your spine. 

Zone Two supports the upper body. The independent movement of the backrest allows stress and strain to be released from your upper body by offering adjustable support for your back and shoulders. 

Zone One supports the lower body and features four-way motion in the seat, which helps provide relief to muscle and joint pain by placing your lower body in a supported ergonomic position. 

Don’t procrastinate on your health! As you grow older, postural control is weakened by a flexed posture or a posture where the head protrudes forward. According to De Groot (2014), “A flexed posture (FP) is characterized by protrusion of the head and an increased thoracic kyphosis (TK), which may be caused by osteoporotic vertebral fractures (VFs). These impairments may affect motor function, and consequently, increase the risk of falling and fractures.”

Posture affects so much more than our overall comfort. As we age, our posture plays a more governing role over our balance. Flexed posturing can be especially challenging for men because they have a higher center gravity so FP can exacerbate balance issues. A study by Kado (2007), supported this higher prevalence of falls in men concluding, “Moderate hyperkyphotic posture may signify an easily identifiable independent risk factor for injurious falls in older men, with the association being less pronounced in older women.”

Being conscious about your posture now and providing proper support and alignment for your spine earlier on, may reduce the challenges associated with balance issues later on. An article by the American Posture Institute (2021) stated, “Postural distortion patterns do not develop overnight. This comes from our daily habits. Remaining unaware of your posture and allowing yourself to be in bad posture throughout your day causes compensation in your spine. These changes are seen through incorrect posture.”

Choose all five Comfort Zones with our Golden power lift recliners with patented Twilight Technology or find your perfect-fitting chair in a range of sizes with our Small To Tall Comforter Lift Chair Collection

We recommend visiting a home medical equipment store or pharmacy near you using our retailer locator to sit in and try out each chair to find your perfect fit. All Golden chairs can be custom built in the color and style of your choosing, most made right here in the USA in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. Find the chair of your dreams—you deserve it! 

 

https://time.com/5459319/americans-sit-too-much/

https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/ergonomics

 


7 Things Disabled People Need Changed Now & How You Can Help



 

Anna Giannakouros with her Golden LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair

Written By: Anna Giannakouros

How I Really Feel About Disability Pride

July is Disability Pride Month. 

The first I heard of this movement, I wasn’t sure if it had the best title because honestly, I don’t feel proud to be disabled and it’s not something I ever aspired to be. In fact, having Multiple Sclerosis for the past 12 years, I have done everything in my power not to be disabled and I keep trying to do whatever I can to be “less” physically disabled.

If there was an available cure for MS, like many, I would be first in line to take it.

If I’m not proud to be disabled does that mean that I am ashamed of being disabled? The answer is, no, but the truth is, there was a time when perhaps I was. Not because anyone told me to be ashamed per say, but because my own belief system was that, compared to my old self, I was now weak, damaged and inferior. Especially facing learning to adapt and function in a world designed for healthy able-bodied people, I felt like I was always at a disadvantage, in an impossible situation. And I was.

Disability Pride is embracing my disability and accepting it as a part of a facet of my identity with no negative connotations. I am proud of all that I am, which also includes being disabled. It doesn’t diminish me or my value as a person and in fact, it has made me more capable and empathetic in other ways. I am proud to be a part of and to represent the Disability Community and I consider myself an activist for Disability Rights.

 

Disability Rights

Sadly, the world we live in, through ignorance, disregard, lack of support, lack of infrastructure and even pure discrimination, reinforces the negative thinking that disabled people are less than able-bodied people. 

It doesn’t appear to be a priority to accommodate or take extra measures to facilitate the lives of disabled people and to make them feel like they have the same safety, access, rights, consideration, service, accommodations, and opportunities as everyone else. Intentionally or not, we are made to feel pitied, like freaks, stupid, insignificant, incapable, difficult, or inferior.

 

Don’t Judge Disabled People

Albert Einstein said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” 

Don’t judge people by their disability and see only the disability and not the person, and don’t assume that our lives are a tragedy because we are disabled. This is our life and we are used to it. Many times the hardest thing we have to deal with is people’s reaction to our disability rather than the disability itself.

Don’t see disabled people as different from you; we are all people with similar desires, needs and aspirations. Just because we look or move differently on the outside doesn’t mean we are not the same as you on the inside. For whatever disability you see, there is so much more depth, value and wisdom in that person, and in all of us for that matter, that is immeasurable.

I believe the true measure of a person and in a community is not in abilities and disabilities, it’s in how we make each other feel as humans and how we connect with and help each other as a way of life.

 

What Can Be Done to Help the Disabled?

The intention of this post is to raise awareness, promote change and give some insight on some of the negative experiences I’ve had in my community from the point of view of a disabled ambulatory wheelchair user. The reason I am disabled is due to neurological spine damage, which impacts my walking ability.

Keep in mind that most people I interact with in my life, people I know, as well as strangers, are very supportive and good intentioned, but the reality is, we need to do better in raising awareness and community support.

The message us disabled people receive through these negative experiences is that we don’t matter as much as able-bodied people and that we should be grateful for whatever is provided to help us and not to complain or ask for more. In reality though, we are living in a world that was not built with disabled people in mind at all. If anything, we are an afterthought.

 

1. We don’t need pity, we need respect and inclusivity.

Anna Giannakouros on her Golden LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair

If I had a dollar for every person who told me they felt bad for me, I’d build more ramps for us all.

I’ve never actually felt better getting someone’s unsolicited pity because I certainly don’t want to feel pitiful. Or sometimes out of the blue, not related to anything in conversation, someone tells me to hang in there and to stay positive. I understand where they are coming from, but that is not what we need, especially from people who don’t necessarily understand how it feels to be disabled.

Same goes for people’s unsolicited advice on what caused or is a cure for our disability. Trust me; we don’t want to hear it, especially coming from non-medical professionals. There’s a time and place for everything and often discussing these issues is not during a social event with people that hardly know you or during an appointment you book for yourself to relax like with a massage therapist or aesthetician.

I think if people really are concerned about disabled people then they should add some action to that and try and help make a difference in their community. What we want is to feel normal and independent like everyone else and have rights and access to things like everyone else. Tangible things like better wheelchair accessibility, automatic doors, handicap parking spots, better parking lot designs, better building designs and more respect in general for disabled people.

At the end of this post, I also included a list of other practical ways you can help someone you personally know who has a physical disability.

 

2. Add more ramps.

There are stairs and steps everywhere! I attended my son’s elementary school graduation at a reception hall that didn’t have elevator access to the top floor where the reception was being held. My husband had to literally carry me to the top floor in front of all the guests. Also, the bathroom was on the main floor and no bathroom was available on the top floor. This has happened several times with different reception halls.

It feels like there are steps everywhere, but buildings with no ramps or elevators to get to the different floors. What is a physically disabled person to do in that situation? I recognize that most people can go up and down stairs, but as a disabled person, shouldn’t I have the same inclusivity and accessibility consideration as everyone else even if it means special implementation is required?

As a community, shouldn’t we make it a priority to ensure that basic disability needs are met so that all taxpaying people like me can feel valued and included?

The truth is, reception halls are the least of my problems. So many establishments I visit like stores, restaurants or therapist locations, simply don’t have ramps to get into the building, much less elevators to get to the different floors. The only reason I am able to make appointments in places like these with no accessibility is because I have friends or family that physically help me move my body and lightweight transport chair to the destinations. As my disability increases, I will no longer be able to make it into these buildings with a wheelchair or scooter.

Some of the buildings that do have ramps, have narrow old ramps literally falling apart with no railings and are very dangerous, especially in the winter when they are covered in ice.

 

3. Fix automatic doors that don’t open.

I’ve been going to the same gym for three years. I love the gym and the staff is great but the automatic door opener has been broken for three years. I made a request for them to fix it, and they did, but it ended up breaking again after a month and never got fixed again. When I inquired about it again I was told that the building manager was aware and it was out of their hands and there was nothing they could do. I don’t find this to be right especially at a place to which I pay a membership.

In my experience, the majority of public establishments don’t have automatic door openers and from the ones that do, I’d say about 8/10 of them don’t actually work. This happens at hospitals and clinics, as well.

As mentioned before, I’m fortunate in my life that I’m with friends or family when I leave my home and they help me get around, pushing me up hard-to-access places and pulling or pushing heavy doors for me, but the truth is that if I was alone, I would not be able to enter these buildings.

 

4. Disability bathrooms are not storage closets!

Some restaurants I’ve been to, high-end and regular restaurants, that have their main bathrooms on different floors, use the disability washroom on the main floor as a broom or storage closet! The reason I know this is because I’m the lucky one who gets to use it! It was very interesting trying to navigate my wheelchair in there and not have a broom or table fall on top of me.

A similar thing happened when I attended my son’s private high school and realized that the elevator also served as the janitor’s equipment station. 

A similar instance of this occurred at a church basement where the exit of the elevator was obstructed by boxes of stock.

The same thing happened to me at my dentist’s office where the elevator exit was blocked by chairs.

At the gym, the elevator entrance was blocked by a treadmill.

I was once at a restaurant where the only wheelchair accessible bathroom was literally in another building, which I was escorted to by a server, through an elevator, down a corridor, into another hybrid bathroom/storage area.

We are not asking for special treatment, we are just asking for the same consideration, respect and courtesy that able-bodied people are given for their basic needs.

 

5. Better handicap-accessible parking lots.

Who designed these parking lots? The design of some parking lots is downright laughable and you can’t help but wonder who designed and approved them and what they were thinking. This further reinforces that the needs of disabled people are not really considered a priority and are more like an afterthought than anything else.

Handicapped spaces are available, but completely opposite from where the curb is lowered to allow wheelchair access. That is assuming that the curb lowers to begin with; other curbs go on with no end in sight.

Some handicapped parking spots have elevated medians on both sides so that there’s actually no wheelchair accessibility on either side of the vehicle and you are literally stranded in your vehicle.

Most lots don’t have enough handicapped spots, if any at all. This is always fun, especially when able-bodied people use the spots. I’ll never forget when a woman who wasn’t disabled stole the only available handicapped space, so she could pick up her dry cleaning and when I called her on it she asked me “What are you going to do about it? Call the Police?” Or the time when someone on a motorcycle thought it would be ok if he parked on the part of the handicap spot that was meant for where the door would open, blocking the wheelchair access.

 

6. More stylish disability adaptation products.

Does adaptation have to be ugly? I adapted my home recently and it was such a challenge to find equipment that was stylish and nice looking. Everything looked like it belonged in a hospital.

I’ll never forget this one time when I booked a hotel room at a five star hotel that I had visited before, but this time I asked for an adapted room. I was given a room half the size of the other rooms, but for the same price. It also had an old outdated bathroom that was adapted, but downright ugly. 

Is that the treatment we get because we are disabled?

You can’t help but wonder if people think that when you are disabled you lose your sense of taste, style and appreciation for nice things. Why wouldn’t we be like everyone else who enjoys nice things?

 

7. Better service and accessibility by airlines.

My wheelchair isn’t luggage, it compensates for my legs. I don’t agree with me having to check in my wheelchair like luggage when I’m boarding a flight and literally make a silent prayer that it won’t be damaged in cargo or lost. I’ll never forget the time when my wheelchair was lost on a flight and it was such an ordeal to get me off the plane and into the airport. Why is it okay that we may have to go through things like that? The same way able-bodied people walk, that is my only means of transportation and shouldn’t be separated from me.

I feel like airlines should provide better service and accessibility to disabled clients who can’t easily walk or require leg room for medical reasons. There should be a secure designated area on the flight where we can sit. If there’s room for first class seating, there should be room for disabled seating as well.  

 

Practical Ways You Can Help People with a Physical Disability:

  1. Spend quality time with the person. Call or message them. Pass by to visit them.
  2. Focus on positive things and on blessings that a person has in their life and not only the disability. Talk about their achievements, family, career, etc… There is always something good available to focus on.
  3. We all need to eat, so you want to help? Drop off food or another treat the person would enjoy and appreciate.
  4. Especially for people with mobility issuesoffer to pick up and drop off items they may need from exterior locations, especially those with limited or no handicapped access.
  5. Offer to help with the logistics of getting to appointments.
  6. Offer to watch someone’s kids for a few hours to give that person a break (if they are a parent of young kids).
  7. If planning an event or activity that includes that person, be considerate and try to make sure that there is handicapped access and parking.
  8. When someone uses a mobility device, don’t make a big deal about it. Understand that they are used to it and that it’s a part of their life. It may be awkward for you, but it isn’t awkward for them unless you make it awkward.

 

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Golden Technologies to Introduce New Innovative Products at Medtrade East



Golden Technologies Lift Chair and Mobility Scooter and Power Wheelchair Manufacturer

 

Old Forge, PA – Golden Technologies is excited to showcase new innovative products in both the power lift recliner and mobility divisions at Medtrade East, the home medical equipment industry’s largest trade show, in Atlanta, GA, October 19 and 20, 2021. The introduction of new technology and comfort features at the show will help retailers discover new ways to drive cash sales with profit-producing products.

“We aim to lead our retailers to more education that will help them succeed. Nothing replaces the experience of the face-to-face interaction gained by attending a show and now that travel restrictions have softened, we’re eager to see our retailers at Medtrade East to learn about all of the tremendous innovation we have been working on during the pandemic,” said Rich Golden, President & CEO of Golden Technologies. “Thanks to the support of our thousands of retailers across the country, including our exclusive Flagship retailers, we are poised to help more Americans maintain their independence and enjoy a new level of comfort with our unique designs and advanced technology than ever before,” he added.

In addition to showing new power lift recliners, Golden will also feature their Comfort Zone, a stress-free reclining experience by providing up to five adjustable, patented, and supportive positioning zones that can increase the body’s wellness and optimize the feeling of comfort. Golden offers the only five-zone luxury power lift recliners in the world. The tilting motion of their patented Twilight Technology provides a feeling of weightlessness while encouraging circulation by relaxing with the legs easily and comfortably elevated above the heart.

In their mobility division, Golden is creating a buzz about their new power wheelchair. “The BuzzAbout is very unique in the market. It offers a great combination of power and portability, along with a new front and rear LED lighting system for safety,” said Golden. “We’ll also show our new GB120 Buzzaround CarryOn folding scooter, one of the hottest selling scooters on the market due to its incredible portability and transportability,” he added. The scooter line is growing with the addition of new luxurious three- and four-wheel models featuring full-size comfort with the convenience of true portability.

Retailers at the show can stop by to visit Golden at booth #1247 to see what the buzz is all about.

Visit www.goldentech.com for more information.

REGISTER FOR MEDTRADE EAST

 

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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.

 


How To Enhance Golden Power Wheelchairs with the Dynamic LiNX App



Golden Technologies LiteRider Envy and Compass Sport Power Wheelchairs

 

Written By: Jackie Caraballo and Carl Lloyd

Did You Know There’s an App For That?!

There are so many benefits of the Golden LiteRider Envy and the Golden Compass power wheelchairs! One of the many, lesser known tools is that they can be enhanced using the Dynamic LiNX joystick control/application (app) supported by BlueTooth. Dynamic LiNX electronics uses load compensation technology, which allows the electronics to control the speed of the motors so that the chair behaves the way the client expects.

Golden LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair Dynamic Linx App Access Key

The dongle, or access key, plugs in to where you would normally charge the chair, which will then activate Bluetooth and sync the power chair to any Apple device, such as a smartphone or ipad. If you do not have an Apple product, then you can use a PC computer or a hand-held programmer. This amazing technology makes driving the chair simpler and offers a more natural experience, especially if the customer has had a stroke or other impairment. 

Another great use for this technology is that the chair can be programmed to move more slowly or go one speed in a certain direction, which is essential for Retirement Homes or other busy areas. The app helps make the ride independent of the terrain or the environment. You can also enable tremor dampening to make the controls less sensitive if needed, particularly if the wheelchair user has Parkinsons. 

Golden LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair Dynamic Linx AppThere is a long list of uses for the Dynamic LiNX app. In addition to programming, if the power wheelchair is ever in need of service, the app will also tell you what’s wrong with the chair and how to fix it so that the down time is very minimal. Another benefit is that if the user is farther away and needs immediate assistance, using the app from a smart phone or device, a caregiver can slow down or stop the power chair from 30 feet away. Plus, if you ever need to reset the wheelchair, you can program it back to factory settings with just the push of a button. If you need to, you can also add a timeout feature using the app. And if the power wheelchair is ever in need of service, the app will also tell what’s wrong with the chair and how to fix it, to help service it faster. 

 

All of Golden’s power wheelchairs come standard with the Dynamic LiNX controller. This unique technology also makes the ride independent of the terrain or environment by continuously making small adjustments depending on the driving conditions, such as hills, speed and rider weight.

 

 

Golden LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair in six color options

Not only does the Golden LiteRider Envy mobility power chair feature the latest technology, but it’s the only tubular-framed chair in the industry. Plus, it is incredibly easy to disassemble and pick up and includes a 22-amp long range battery. There are also six colors to choose from to really tailor this product to your personal preference. Contact your retailer for assistance in pairing your device with an access key.

The Golden Compass Sport power chair features Golden’s patented Springless Articulating Chassis: All 6 wheels stay in contact with the ground offering the industry’s most stable and easy-to-use power chair. No other power wheelchair offers the same stability. 

The Golden Compass HD power wheelchair offers a stable, center-wheel-drive platform and an articulating chassis for stability over rough terrain. A bigger, beefier version of the popular Compass Sport, the Compass HD has a 450 lb. weight capacity, yet a modest 20-inch turning radius. It comes standard with a captain’s seat and our exclusive fold-flat seat hinge design for easy transport.

Discover all the ways a Golden power wheelchair can help you or your loved ones. Visit a pharmacy or home medical equipment store near you to try one out and see Dynamic LiNX technology in action! Find a retailer near you at goldentech.com/dealer-locator

All Golden power wheelchairs require the assistance of your retailer to pair your device with an access key.

Watch the video below to learn how to use the Dynamic LiNX Access App

 


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 Can Help Alleviate Arthritis Pain



Joan Garrison Relaxing in a Golden Technologies Power Lift Chair Recliner To Help Relieve Arthritis  

Written By: Aline Browning and Jackie C.

Are you or someone you love suffering from arthritis? According to the CDC, this extremely painful and often debilitating disease affects 23% of all adults in the U.S. That’s over 54 million people who have arthritis. Of those, about 24 million adults are limited in their activities from arthritis. 

Arthritis attacks the joints and causes pain and inflammation. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the condition 

can affect balance, cause many sleep disturbances, and it can even change your arteries. Particularly, patients with rheumatoid arthritis have an increased risk of having a heart attack and for developing

 atherosclerosis. Because all of our body’s systems are so interconnected and interdependent, 

Joan Garrison in a Golden Technologies Power Lift Chair Recliner in Trendelenburg Position To Elevate Feet Above Heart

Golden power lift recliners can offer several benefits to help you battle inflammation caused by arthritis and provide reliable lift assistance when transitioning from sitting to standing. According to Stanmore(2013), “Adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of falls. Suggested reasons for this include impaired muscle strength, postural instability, fatigue, joint pain, and reduced functioning.“

Improving circulation is another benefit that Golden lift chairs provide as inflammation can harden arteries much faster than patients who don’t suffer from arthritis. “For dactylitis and enthesitis, start with the old-but-good RICE treatment,” says Yolanda Ragland, DPM, a podiatrist and founder of Fix Your Feet. “Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are the first line of defense for any inflammatory process, including arthritis,” she explains. Golden MaxiComfort lift chairs and power lift recliners with patented Twilight positioning technology provide leg elevation with a gentle, supportive bend at the knee that allow individuals to raise their feet slightly above the heart.

 

“It has given me great joy and comfort from the very first day. It is easy to operate, very comfortable and helps ease my arthritis.

 

Joan Garrison in a Golden Technologies Power Lift Chair Recliner To Help Relieve ArthritisJoan Garrison, 78 years old, absolutely loves her Golden Technologies lift chair. “It has given me great joy and comfort from the very first day. It is easy to operate, very comfortable and helps ease my arthritis. There are so many different comfortable positions. Sometimes I raise my legs and sometimes I lower them, depending on where I have pain. With my age and arthritis, it’s so nice to just push a button to find the perfect comfortable position. It’s a gem and a blessing to have. I am also due for knee surgery and I know the lift will be helpful getting in and out of the chair.”

Another challenge for those suffering with arthritis is pain-related insomnia. Trouble sleeping or falling asleep can have a dramatic impact on the ability to heal optimally. Additionally, if we are dehydrated during the night, it can create more friction in the joints because of uric acid deposits. “Uric acid can build up, forming sharp, needlelike urate crystals in a joint or surrounding tissue that causes pain.” Mayo Clinic (2021) Golden power lift recliners provide infinite positioning and are able to support the needs of patients with arthritis who need to adjust sleep positions frequently without the stationary limitations of a wedge pillow. 

If you or your loved one also want to experience the amazing full-body rejuvenation and relief of a Golden power lift chair, visit goldentech.com/dealer-locator to find a retailer near you to try one out in person. 

Joan Garrison Lifting in a Golden Technologies Power Lift Chair Recliner 

 

 

 

Sources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/factsheets/arthritis.htm#:~:text=Fast%20Facts,arthritis%20report%20severe%20joint%20pain. 

https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/about-arthritis/related-conditions/other-diseases/rheumatoid-arthritis-heart-disease

https://creakyjoints.org/living-with-arthritis/podiatrist-tips-for-managing-arthritis/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3881513/#:~:text=Adults%20with%20rheumatoid%20arthritis%20(RA)%20have%20an%20increased%20risk%20of,mass%20(5%E2%80%936)

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gout/symptoms-causes/syc-20372897#:~:text=But%20sometimes%20either%20your%20body,cause%20pain%2C%20inflammation%20and%20swelling.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5429790/#:~:text=In%20rheumatoid%20arthritis%20(RA)%2C,more%20high%2Drisk%20plaque%20phenotype.

 

 

 


6 Ways To Help Alleviate The Physical Effects Of PTSD



Written By: Aline Browning

Aline Browning with her dog

 

Dealing with Daily Trauma

           Life can push us through some very heavy doors that lead us to places that we never imagined we would find ourselves. To many of us who live day-in and day-out with trauma, it feels like an actual place that we long to come back from. When we survive the initial trauma, we aren’t just changed in our souls and minds, we can be changed in our bodies, too.

What Causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychological disorder that can be caused by a multitude of trauma ranging from combat to natural disasters, to abuse, violence, and severe grief. There are countless ways the mind can be traumatized. In recent years, some have become more comfortable discussing the psychological challenges associated with the disorder. We feel a bit more empowered to discuss our traumas and triggers and talk about the routines we keep that help us to avoid episodes. We talk more freely about the anger we experience when those routines fail, and we become triggered. We are even starting to recognize the contagious nature of our hypervigilant protocols as we pass them on to our spouses and children.

An area that is seldom discussed are the physiological disorders that are caused by PTSD. Many of us aren’t aware of what PTSD is capable of doing to our bodies. I only began to understand the connection that PTSD has with our physiological health as I was diagnosed with moderate arthritis in my neck and hands about a year ago, at age 40.

How Too Much Cortisol Affects Our Body

Cortisol is known as the “Fight or Flight” hormone. During an emergency such as an accident or violent attack, the body produces this hormone which is meant to protect us. This hormone dulls our sense of pain, increases the body’s metabolism of glucose so we can draw strength, regulates blood pressure, and can reduce inflammation. The problem with Cortisol is that high levels of it will actually attack the body. A person living with PTSD is continuously producing this hormone.

Research has shown that over time Cortisol breaks down the bones leading to Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis. In some cases, inflammation can become so severe that it can lead to Cushing’s syndrome. PTSD is also a high risk factor for Diabetes Type II, hypertension, memory loss, obesity, and a range of other conditions.

Too much Cortisol also inhibits the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart. This is significant because it is inflammation that inhibits blood-flow and poor circulation leads to a shedding of dead blood cells in the body, this shedding produces uric acid which also promotes inflammation. It is very easy for someone living with PTSD to be caught up in a vicious cycle of inflammation.

You Can Begin to Lower Your Cortisol Right Now

Researchers conducted a study on mothers of chronically ill children, as their stress levels were expected to be higher, and found that, “The hypothesis that mothers of chronically ill children with PTSD would exhibit significantly higher salivary cortisol levels than mothers without PTSD while waiting for their child’s medical appointment was supported. These findings are consistent with previous reports of higher cortisol levels during laboratory-induced, event-related stressors among those with PTSD.” Stoppelbein, (2012)

Lower your Cortisol levels by following some simple recommendations:

  1.   Avoid Stress: Find ways to relax including lounging, listening to music, engaging in meditation, or even try journaling. A Golden power lift recliner can serve as a comfortable centerpiece of a soothing environment and promote relaxation and solace in your life, which can help lower cortisol levels.
  2.   Get your feet up: Gravity can cause fluids to build up in your lower extremities, which could exacerbate inflammation. Find ways to elevate your feet just above your heart for at least 20 minutes a day. One of the benefits of Golden lift chairs with patented positioning technology is that they are able to achieve the Trendelenburg position, raising feet above the heart, which can improve circulation and lower the buildup of blood cell waste in the body caused by cortisol.
  3.   Watch your sugar intake: Obesity and Diabetes Type II are not risk factors to take lightly so use good judgement and consume more natural sugars such as fruit.
  4.   Drink more water: Dehydration can cause inflammation and joint pain. It can also bring on attacks of Gout for some living with arthritis pain because it causes uric acid to build up in the lower extremities. Drinking water will improve circulation and brain function.
  5.   Contemplate upcoming events: This is a difficult one for me to master, you really have to analyze what environments you are going to be exposed to and consider where you are the entire time. I struggle with waterparks, amusement parks, or anywhere there is a lot of yelling. I’m familiar with the anger and embarrassment of being triggered unexpectedly in public, like from the sound of a bang. Try your best to practice mindfulness and remind yourself of some of the stimulation you might be exposed to.
  6.   Give yourself a break: Something happened to you that was almost more than you could bear, but you did bear it and made it out. Don’t be hard on yourself when you are struggling with trauma. You made it this far and have further to go.

As a professional who has struggled with Complex PTSD for 22 years, I can promise you that you can still live a normal and meaningful life and reduce the symptoms associated with PTSD. With a proactive approach and full participation on your part, it can be a beautiful life.