Monthly Archives: April 2014

Oxygen Therapy Solutions

oxygen tankOxygen is essential for all life. Oxygen is found in the air we breathe, and the human body using our lungs is able to extract and deliver it to our blood and tissues. The transfer from our lungs to our blood takes place via very tiny air sacs call alveoli that are covered with tiny blood vessels called capillaries. As our blood passes through the capillaries, it becomes oxygen rich and our hearts then pump the oxygen rich blood throughout our bodies. For most people this process is effortless and occurs throughout our lifetime.
However, some people with breathing disorders are not able to get enough oxygen naturally and require supplemental therapies. Ironically, although oxygen is naturally occurring, it is considered a medicine and must be prescribed by a doctor if you have a breathing disorder. Examples of breathing disorders that affect the transfer of oxygen to the blood include pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung disease, respiratory trauma, emphysema, heart failure, and cystic fibrosis.
Your doctor will decide whether you need oxygen therapy based on the results of tests, such as an arterial blood gas test and/or a pulse oximetry test. These tests measure how much oxygen is in your blood. A low oxygen level is a sign that you need oxygen therapy.
Oxygen therapy helps many people function better and have more active lives. It also may:
• Decrease shortness of breath and fatigue
• Improve sleep
• Increase the lifespan of people who have COPD
Although you may need oxygen therapy long term, it doesn’t have to limit your daily routine. Portable oxygen units can make it easier for you to move around and do many daily activities. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about whether certain activities are safe for you.
A home equipment provider will work with you to make sure you have the supplies and equipment you need. Trained staff will also show you how to use the equipment correctly and safely.
Oxygen therapy is generally safe, but it can pose a fire hazard. To safely use your oxygen equipment, please follow the instructions you receive from your home equipment provider.

Assistive Listening Devices

0041588_bellman-symfon-mino-digital-personal-amplifier_260Hearing loss is a common disorder associated with aging. About 30-35 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 75 years have some hearing loss. As we age, that percentage increases until at 75, it is estimated that 40-50 percent of people have some hearing loss. The medical term for this gradual hearing loss is Presbycusis.
The hearing loss associated with Presbycusis does not encompass the full spectrum of sounds. For example, it may be difficult for someone to hear the nearby chirping of a bird or the ringing of a telephone. However, the same person may be able to hear clearly the low-pitched sound of a truck rumbling down the street.
The ear is comprised of three parts the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. Presbycusis most commonly arises in the inner ear, but can occur as well in the middle ear or from changes in the nerves pathways leading to the brain. Typically, both ears experience the same degree of hearing loss, but it is possible that only one ear is affected.
As mentioned earlier, the onset is gradual so your symptoms may go unnoticed for years. Once noticed, these symptoms may include:
 High-pitched sounds such as “s” and “th” are difficult to hear or tell apart.
 The speech of others may seem mumbled or garbled.
 Conversations may be difficult to follow, especially when there is background noise.
 Male voices may be easier to hear than the higher pitched voices of women.
 Certain sounds may seem annoying or overly loud.
 Tinnitus (a ringing, roaring, or hissing sound in one or both ears) may also occur.

There are many strategies to help people with Presbycusis. Hearing aids may be recommended for some individuals. Assistive listening devices can provide further improvement in hearing ability in certain situations. One example of such a device is the built-in telephone amplifier. Another example is FM systems that can make sound clearer, with or without a hearing aid, by delivering sound waves like a radio. Training in speech reading (using visual cues to determine what is being spoken) can help those with Presbycusis to understand better what is being said in conversations or presentations.

Solving The Problem No One Wants to Talk About

freedomwand-toilet-tissue-aid_260June 9, 2006 is the day my life changed forever when a car accident left me with a broken back.

There’s an aspect of debilitating injuries that isn’t publicly discussed: Personal hygiene. I was humiliated and frustrated as others tended to my personal needs and cleanliness, and I was dismayed when my occupational therapist told me there were few products on the market that could help me.

So I created the FreedomWand®. Now almost everyone can attend to their own hygiene.

The FreedomWand®’s “grippers” securely hold toilet paper. It is adjustable and can be used as short as 7 inches or as long as 25 inches, and it can be carried discreetly, because it collapses and comes with a cloth carry bag.

Besides using it in the toilet, there are other uses for the FreedomWand®. Insert a loofa or washcloth and washing those hard-to-reach places isn’t difficult. Insert a disposable razor and a clean-shaven face, legs, or underarms are easy to achieve. And by inserting a cotton ball or small make-up sponge, applying ointment to the toes, hips, knees or back is simple.

I’ve heard from many people who have several FreedomWand®s; one in each bathroom, and one for “on-the-go.” (Pardon the pun.) And users tell me of other situations in which the FreedomWand® has been helpful.

“FreedomWand® is nothing short of a true blessing. I can now actually go out and not have to worry about my personal hygiene. Your product has opened so many doors for me that I had lost a long time ago.” ~ John
I’m so glad I’m able to help others regain their freedom and dignity with the FreedomWand®.

Assistive Technology For Low Vision

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

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

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

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

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

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

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

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

We’re focused on Oxygen Therapy Products in April!

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

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

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