How A Golden Lift Chair Aids Patients with Neuropathy



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

Written by: Aline Browning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


MS Awareness Month – My Story



Written By: Anna Giannakouros

Anna Giannakourous in her Golden LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair Firestar

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

My Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

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

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

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

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

The Early Years of MS

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

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

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

 

Stem Cell Trial and Chemo TherapyAnna Giannakouros using a cane

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Anna Giannakouros with her 3 young children

 

Accepting Chronic Illness

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

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

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

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

Transcend Beyond Mind & Body

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Find Your Purpose

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

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

 

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Disability-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas



Written By: Anna Giannakouros

 

Anna Giannakouros and her husband celebrating Valentine's Day  

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

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

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

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

Die-Cut Valentine's Day Cards

 

This Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

 

The Simple Classic Gift: Bouquet of Flowers

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Love Notes

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

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

 

Massage Gift for Valentine’s Day

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

 

Things to consider for mobility impaired recipients:

Accessibility

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

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

 

Massage Therapist

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

Types of Massages

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

 

Spa Day

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

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

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

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

 

Valentine’s Day Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

 

Plan a Fun Activity

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

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

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

 

Weekend Getaway

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

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

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

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

 

Personal Gifts

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

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

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

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

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

 

Celebrate the Ones You Love 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Golden Welcomes Third-Generation Family Members to Team



 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Gaining A Lot of Weight? It Might Be Hypothyroidism



 

Weighing on a Scale Dramatic Weight Gain Could be a Sign of Hypothyroidism

Written By: Aline Browning

The Emotional Drain of Dramatic Weight Gain

Dramatic weight gain can be emotionally crushing. It’s made me doubt my self worth, causes physical pain, and has even been a financial burden because I’ve had to buy all new clothes. When I turned 40, I began to struggle with weakness and fatigue that was first thought to be anemia. The diagnosis was updated after some testing a few months later and I was told I had Hypothyroidism.

I was very fit in my 20s and 30s. I weighed 122 lbs. I ran 2.5 miles on an elliptical machine 3-4 days a week, I lifted weights, did resistance training, and wore extra small-sized clothes. My weight fluctuated by a few pounds, but I was always under 130 lbs. I received my diagnosis two years ago. I am now at 167 lbs. and climbing.

Aline Browning in 2019Aline Browning with Golden Technologies

 

In two years I have had four wardrobe changes and I now wear large-sized clothing and frankly, that makes me sad at least 20 times a day. Every time I attempt to button my coat, lift something heavy, or try on new clothing, I feel like I am losing more and more of myself. To me, it seems to be happening incredibly fast. It’s like I’m watching a photograph of myself just blur before my eyes. To spectators, it may seem like the answer is to make lifestyle changes and get back in shape, but that is a leaf that doesn’t turn over so easily when you have Hypothyroidism. Hypothyroid weight gain isn’t caused by fat, but by enlargement and softening of muscle mass, so burning it off is impossible. I try to make light-hearted jokes about how I’m “hulking” out of my clothes but at the end of the day, it really still just hurts to think about my body changing this way. I feel powerless over it.

One of the reasons it is so difficult to “attack” the progression of hypothyroidism is because there is a plethora of underlying autoimmune diseases that may be causing it. Getting to the bottom of the cause of one’s hypothyroidism can take as long as it takes to diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). On average it takes six years to diagnose SLE, which translates to roughly six years of unchecked damage to the body caused by either the underlying condition or the hypothyroidism.

I was extremely crushed to receive the diagnosis, but not surprised, as thyroid disease is common in the women in my family. My younger sister was diagnosed with Graves disease about eight years ago and she has struggled terribly through her symptoms. She endured drastic weight loss, muscle weakness, headaches, and the worst were her bulging, ulcerated eyes. I was so distraught over her symptoms that it never occurred to me that I would end up with a thyroid disorder diagnosis of my own. 

Thyroid disease is predominantly gender specific and mostly impacts women. According to Dr. Klein from From the Department of Medicine and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, “Current estimates suggest that it affects as many as 9% to 15% of the adult female population and a smaller percentage of adult males.” Lo and behold, I found myself in the ranks of that statistic.

“Virtually all studies report higher prevalence rates for either overt or subclinical hypothyroidism in women with advancing age.” According to Dr. Morganti from National Center for Biotechnology Information, “epidemiological data from the aging population confirms that men are less affected by thyroid disease than women.”

Unfortunately, weight gain is one of the most common side effects of Hypothyroidism, but there are many other complications that arise from this disorder that many might not know about. Familiarizing yourself with some of the more serious and common complications can help you prepare and to source tools and knowledge that will help you combat its effects. Getting a power lift recliner, for example, can enhance your mobility during a time when mobility is threatened by Hypothyroidism and the autoimmune diseases that cause it. 

According to the Mayo Clinic (2021), “Symptoms may include fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, weight gain, muscle weakness, muscle aches, muscle tenderness and stiffness, and depression among others.” Hypothyroidism is a disease that impedes your mobility over time and causes musculoskeletal weakness.

 

Power Lift Chairs Can Help with Balance Issues

Golden Technologies PR446 Dione Power Lift Chair Recliner Gently Lifting a WomanHypothyroid myopathy is a common complication of hypothyroidism that reportedly affects “almost 80 percent of patients with hypothyroidism. Patients with severe or untreated hypothyroidism can develop significant muscle disease leading to severe functional limitations.” Fariduddin, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Golden power lift recliners provide supportive and ergonomic lift assistance that will help you carefully stand to your feet. If muscle responses are slower, it can impact an individual’s balance which is especially true with elderly patients. “The most common symptoms include weakness around the hips and sometimes the shoulders, and a slowing of reflexes. Some people also experience muscle stiffness and painful muscle cramps.” According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

 

Hypothyroidism and Circulatory Complications

Hypothyroidism can affect cardiac contractions the same way it affects type 2 muscle fiber contraction, which can result in cardiovascular complications. According to the American Thyroid Association (2020), “symptoms may include slowing of the heart rate, constriction of the blood vessels and increased blood pressure, retention of fluid and edema and an increase in cholesterol levels. Severe cases of hypothyroidism can cause heart failure and death.”

Thyroid Stimulating Hormones (TSH) is thought to reverse the adverse effects of hypothyroidism on the cardiovascular system. Truthfully, with treatment, there is a fine line to walk as over-treatment can be equally detrimental. Dr. Francois from the Department of Medicine at SUNY-Downstate Health Science University states that “20% of patients with hypothyroidism may be over-treated during replacement therapy leading to increased risk of atrial fibrillation, especially among the elderly. Despite the improvement in both symptoms and cardiac contractility, close observation is needed when starting thyroid hormonal therapy, particularly in the elderly and in those with known coronary ischemia.”

Having hypothyroidism can change the viscosity of the blood, which can lead to increased systemic vascular resistance (SVR), and SVR is the pressure that regulates our blood flow. Now with decreased cardiac output and venous blood struggling to return to the heart, the chance for inflammation has greatly increased through the shedding of blood cell waste. Leg elevation can help to reduce some of this blood cell waste by making it easier for blood oxygen to reach the brain. Golden power lift recliners offer leg elevation with infinite positioning, so you can adjust your leg elevation for comfort while encouraging improved circulation. 

Golden Technologies Dione PR446 Power Lift Chair Recliner 

 

You Owe it to Your Body to Find Out What is Causing Your Hypothyroidism

When I started my research for this blog post, I hadn’t been educated on the connection between autoimmune disease and Hypothyroidism. I just assumed that a few lifestyle choices would get me back on track. At that point, I was forced to face a detail that I have been ignoring for about a year now. I have had increasing severity in the arthritis in my neck and about six other joints in my body. Sometimes a simple gesture like shaking my head “no” will cause my neck to become stuck. It is painful, not to mention really socially awkward. It is also a detail that I have ignored for too long. So, I had a hearty tearful moment at my desk and then I called my doctor to set up testing for RA. 

He is ordering testing for SLE as well because autoimmune diseases are imposter diseases that are difficult to diagnose. He didn’t hesitate to set up the tests and he was very forthcoming when he told me that it may take years to confirm. I want to start the process now that I know that time is not on my side with diagnosing the autoimmune disease. I know that there are treatments and lifestyle changes that can reduce or slow the progression of this condition, but that can’t be achieved until I know which disease is causing it. I know one thing for sure, I work and live in close proximity to the world’s leading lift chair manufacturer so as my mobility needs change, I’ll have some amazing accessibility options and you have those options, too. I encourage you to find a Golden retailer near you to start sourcing the tools you need to help make every day of your life easier and more comfortable.

 

Golden Technologies Twilight 5-Zone Power Lift Chair Recliners

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK519513/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothyroidism/symptoms-causes/syc-20350284

https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.106.678326

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16760635/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7331968/

https://www.thyroid.org/patient-thyroid-information/ct-for-patients/february-2020/vol-13-issue-2-p-3-4/

 

 


Accepting Disability and/or Chronic Illness



Written By: Anna Giannakouros

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

My MS Journey

From the day I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I tried whatever I could do to fight it. I refused to accept it and the belief that one day it would progress to the point that I would be disabled. I made healthy diet and exercise lifestyle changes, tried alternative medicines, participated in clinical trials, and took the latest medications. I reduced the stress in my life by making employment changes and filtering out negative people. I practiced yoga, meditated, prayed, affirmed and visualized. I believed that I would beat this. Most days I’m still hopeful that I will.

Fast forward 12 years though, and the reality is that the disease continues to steadily progress every year and I am now in fact disabled and unable to walk without assistance. I use a power wheelchair every day and I am dependent on it and other people to help me get around. I also suffer from chronic fatigue and pain. I’m actually living what, at one point, I thought of as my biggest fear.

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

 

Acceptance Is Not Giving Up

“The moment that judgment stops through acceptance of what is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace.”

Eckhart Tolle

I only recently embraced the idea of acceptance of my chronic illness.

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

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

Perhaps even, it’s being open to the idea that it was meant to happen for reasons we cannot fully understand right now.

 

Understand That Life Happens

“The ego says, ‘I shouldn’t have to suffer’ and that makes you suffer so much more. It is a distortion of the truth, which is always paradoxical. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it.”

Eckhart Tolle

We need to understand that bad things happen sometimes in this life and that it’s normal and part of the human experience. No one is alone in that or exempt from it.

People get sick and suffer every day. We all age and we all expire in different ways. We all eventually die; every single one of us. I don’t mean this to sound depressing, it’s simply reality and that’s all it is. As soon as you accept that, you can see things from a different, more neutral perspective.

No one’s life is perfect and there are millions of people in the world dealing with challenging and unfair situations every single day. It’s how we choose to react to these situations that make the difference between a good life and a bad life. It’s not the absence of negative situations; it’s the way that we react to those situations. 

Oftentimes, even though judgment, anger, frustration, resentment and sadness are warranted, we must choose a path that better serves us, rather than staying stuck in those emotions. We need to let go of the expectation that our lives should have been different or that this bad thing shouldn’t have happened because for whatever the reason, it did happen, and this is our life right now. Every minute spent hoping that things could have been different puts us into a victim mentality and takes away from the happiness of the current moment, prohibiting us from living our best life possible.

 Anna Giannakouros on the Golden LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair Getting into Car 2

 

We Can Still Live Our Best Life With a Disability or Chronic Illness

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Socrates

It’s our nature to want to not only survive, but to thrive and be happy, to gravitate towards fulfillment. Sometimes it’s our mind that gets in the way of that; we know we need to move on, but we are afraid of what that means or how to do it.

When certain doors close, we must not be afraid to find and open new doors. Don’t spend your time and effort trying to open closed doors or just sit by the closed doors that aren’t accessible to you anymore, because that will only leave you feeling weak, sad, and defeated. Spend your energy finding new doors that will make you feel happy and strong.

Your life isn’t over because you have a disability or chronic illness. Choose thoughts, people and circumstances in your life that better you and make you feel happy and strong.

It’s hard mourning and letting go of what you can no longer do or how you used to define yourself. But once you allow yourself to accept that and move past it, a new space and sense of peace emerges within you that encourages you to begin focusing on new activities and new passions in your life. Then the answers will come.

I know it’s not always that easy and of course there are moments that I still can’t believe that I have MS and that I can’t walk anymore. I do miss my old independent self and the basic activities I used to do that so many people take for granted. But, I have mourned those feelings already. I acknowledge them, but do not dwell on them too long. I have other doors to focus on.

Even though my life has changed, every day I wake up and choose to live my best life possible. For me, that means being the best version of myself, for myself, and for my family and the people that I love. I work on personal projects that inspire me. I set personal goals and reach them in areas of health and fitness. I practice self-care and self-love. I stay active and exercise because that makes me feel good and strong. I do simple things that make me happy like writing, cooking, reading and spending time with quality, supportive friends. I have a sense of purpose.

I’m enjoying my life and feel very happy even though I’m disabled and living with a chronic illness, because I have redefined my life adapting to the circumstance, letting go of what I can no longer do and fully embracing what I can do.

Anna Giannakouros and her dog on the Golden Technologies LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair 

 

Happiness Is an Inside Job

I used to think that happiness was something brought about by circumstances, surroundings and/or my achievements. Like a certain formula of feel-good experiences, people and emotions that “made me” happy.  But what I’ve realized is that peace, love and happiness is something that can be tapped into at any time; it’s a state of mind. In fact, it is our natural state and not something we need to search for. It is always readily available within us, independent of anything else like surroundings, people or circumstances. We just need to quiet our minds and recognize that. Breathe and surrender to it. Remember who we are.

We all have moments of despair and things that happen that hurt us. It’s the nature of the human experience to experience a wide array of emotions. But what’s important to realize is that we always have the ability to return back to our natural state of mind.

No one or situation can make you feel angry or sad unless you already have those beliefs in your head. Similarly, no one or situation can make you feel happy and loved unless you believe it yourself. It all begins and ends with us.

It’s our thoughts that cause our emotions, but just because you think it, that doesn’t make it true. You can decide what you choose to think and the corresponding emotion comes along with that. When you find yourself caught in emotions of despair, recognize it, pinpoint what thought(s) you had that caused the emotion, feel the emotion(s), and then let it go. Don’t get caught in over-thinking or self-defeating thought patterns. They do not serve us and they block contact with our natural state.

Choose happy and positive thoughts to dwell on.

 

Surrender

 “Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.”

Sonia Ricotti

 

Release yourself from the stress and burden of carrying the weight of your disability or illness. You have done the best you can do with the cards that have been dealt to you and that is something to be proud of. 

It’s hard to make sense of these things and why they had to happen, but try to embrace being comfortable with not having all the answers. Perhaps this was meant to be for reasons you can’t see right now.

Make a goal to focus on all the positive aspects of life. To surrender to what is right now, hope for the best and have faith in the future knowing that no matter what happens, you will be okay.

I hope that you, too, can use this situation as an opportunity to learn, grow, evolve and become a better person. Embrace the idea that the healing journey is a path to deeply discover yourself and that good things can come from challenging situations.

 

For more inspiration and tips on how to live your best life, follow @immakeepstandin on Instagram.  

 


Lifestyle Changes that Can Help You Cope with GERD and Acid Reflux



Written By: Aline Browning

Man in Bed with Acid Reflux

 

There are many lifestyle options that can not only reduce the symptoms of Acid Reflux but also help you to improve sleep, improve your appetite, and create overall mental wellbeing. Even the steps you take toward better relaxation, can improve your symptoms. First, what is the difference between Heartburn and Acid Reflux and who does it affect?

 

Heartburn, Acid Reflux, and GERD

Heartburn and acid reflux, while related, are not the same condition. According to the Cleveland Clinic (2021), “heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux.” Heartburn is fairly common as long as it doesn’t occur often and it can be managed easily. Heartburn is very acidic and can cause a burning sensation in the chest area. According to the American College of Gastroenterology (2021), “There is reflux that can be non-acidic” they define gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as, “regular symptoms caused by the flow of gastric contents into the esophagus.” GERD is a chronic disease that also happens to cause heartburn.

GERD can produce deceptive symptoms that can lead to misdiagnosis. While heartburn can leave an unmistakably bad taste in your mouth, GERD symptoms can create even more confusion. The American College of Gastroenterology (2021) states, “Experts recognize that often the role of acid reflux has been overlooked as a potential factor in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic cough, hoarseness, and asthma-like symptoms.”

Chest pain and a lump-in-the-throat sensation are also symptoms that accompany GERD that do not necessarily give off a burning sensation. Of course, it is very important not to assume that the chest pain is esophageal, but instead have a doctor diagnose the cause of the chest pain.

 

Woman with Acid Reflux

Who does Acid Reflux affect?

While reflux can affect all ages, from infancy to senior aged individuals, the age group with the highest prevalence are people aged 20-29. The prevalence of GERD is higher among women and according to Yaseri (2017), “GERD occurs more in females than in males with an increase in age.” Two prominent risk factors for Acid Reflux in this age group are obesity and heavy alcohol consumption. Therefore, lifestyle changes are often recommended as one course of treatment. According to Chen (2010), “Alcohol consumption probably precipitates GERD. Exposure of the esophagus and stomach to alcohol may cause direct damage to esophageal and gastric mucosa. In addition, toxic acetaldehyde metalized from alcohol could affect the function of the esophagus and stomach. Furthermore, dysfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and esophageal peristalsis and abnormal gastric acid secretion may be involved in the pathogenesis of alcohol-related GERD.”

What you eat before bedtime can also contribute to the symptoms of acid reflux. Fatty foods, acidic foods, and spices such as chili powder or black pepper can damage the esophageal mucosa and create reflux. Gupta, MD. (2021) recommends high fiber foods in their place, “Whole grains such as oatmeal, couscous and brown rice. Root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and beets. Green vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli and green beans.”

 

Woman Sleeping in Golden Relaxer Power Lift Chair Recliner By Fireplace

How Golden Lift Chairs Can Help You Sleep Better

While acid reflux can cause sleep disturbances, sleep disturbances can also further exacerbate the symptoms of GERD. According to Jung (2010), “There is a significant association between disturbed sleep and GERD, and this may be bidirectional. Sleep disorders may induce gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances, while GI symptoms also may provoke or worsen sleep derangements. Reflux of gastric acid is a less frequent event during sleep, however, acid clearance mechanisms (including swallowing, salivation and primary esophageal motility) are impaired during sleep resulting in prolongation of acid contact time. Nighttime reflux can lead to sleep disturbance and sleep disturbance may further aggravate GERD by prolonged acid contact time and heightened sensory perception. This may facilitate the occurrence of complicated GERD and decreased quality of life.”

While a doctor may recommend changes in diet and interval changes between eat and sleep. They have also tested the efficacy of head elevation during sleep for reflux patients. According to Khan, MD. (2012), “Bed head elevation reduced esophageal acid exposure and acid clearance time in nocturnal (supine) refluxers and led to some relief from heartburn and sleep disturbance.” In fact, the study revealed that “sleep disturbances improved in 65% of the patients (13 of 24) in the study.”

Golden Maxicomfort™ power lift recliners provide the ultimate comfort for head-elevated sleep with infinite positioning that is programmable. Once you find that elevated sleep position that alleviates your reflux, you can program it right into your Autodrive™ hand control so that searching for comfort doesn’t take so long at night. Electric hospital beds can take up a lot of space and may not be the most practical option for someone experiencing the symptoms of acid reflux. Golden power lift recliners are an option that provide you with the same elevation as a hospital bed, but fit better in your life and with your home décor. We have had several customers with GERD find relief from sleeping in our lift chair, see the Google review below. 

Golden Technologies Power Lift Chair Recliner Review for GERD

 

For more resources on living with Acid Reflux please visit:

https://aboutgerd.org/

https://gi.org/topics/acid-reflux/

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5804446/

https://gi.org/topics/acid-reflux/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2880354/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2879818/

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/gerd-diet-foods-that-help-with-acid-reflux-heartburn

 

 


Golden Technologies Honored with Awards for Growth & Excellence



Golden Technologies Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce SAGE Awards Winner for Business of the Year and the IMPACT Award for People & Culture

 

Old Forge, PA – Golden Technologies was recently honored by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce at a gala celebrating the SAGE Awards, Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence, winning Business of the Year and the IMPACT Award for People & Culture. The SAGE Awards recognize the outstanding efforts, talent, creativity, and innovation in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“Over 20 years ago, we remember being awarded Small Business of the Year and how much that means to us. To achieve this huge milestone years later and be honored with the 2021 Business of the Year award is truly an honor and we are so proud,” said President & CEO Rich Golden. “Something that we’re even more proud of is receiving the IMPACT Award for People & Culture. This award recognizes a business that has gone above and beyond in responding to the COVID-19 crisis in terms of creativity, adaptation, and perseverance to ensure the well-being of its team members. We are very proud of these awards and recognition by our business community leaders,” he added.

In response to immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic for their power lift recliners, scooters, and power wheelchairs, Golden stayed open as an essential business and demonstrated growth and operational success by opening a new 170,000 square foot distribution center equipped with state-of-the-art warehousing equipment. In addition, Golden increased minimum wages to retain and attract more workers, opened new office space, and utilized training programs to improve efficiency. Golden is also proud to give back to the Scranton community such as donating luxury power lift recliners to The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania to provide comfort during their day programs and utilizing sewing equipment to manufacture masks for local hospitals and the community.

In addition to recognizing resourcefulness and innovation in local businesses and organizations employed due to the challenges of COVID-19, the IMPACT Award for People & Culture honors those that demonstrated an adaptation of safe work environments, restructuring, retention of employees, as well as compensation, flexibility, and remote work. Employee events like Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas parties for children of employees, holiday cookouts, and special recognition days are part of their company culture to show gratitude towards one another and to be thankful for the meaningful work they do.

“Under unprecedented conditions, each team member in production and traffic, customer and technical service, accounting and sales showed up day after day and did everything they could to continue to provide customers with the power lift recliners and mobility products they so desperately needed. I am very proud of everyone, and congratulations on this special achievement,” said Golden.

 

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 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.