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Celebrate Active Aging Week

Posted on: September 24th, 2015 by RapidMedicalBlogger No Comments

Many people set forth goals for themselves when they retire. Maybe they want to spend more time with their grandchildren, or maybe they want to learn a new hobby. In recognition of Active Aging Week, Rapid Medical would like to encourage you to get active and introduce physical activity back into your daily routine. Here’s a few tips on how:

1)      Figure out what you like

Do you like taking a class, or do you prefer striking out on your own? Do you like to exercise first thing in the morning, in the middle of the day or in the evening? Do you like to exercise your cardio-vascular system or your muscles? Do you like to exercise outdoors or inside? Once you answer these questions, you can find the type of workout that’s most enjoyable.

2)      Take things slowly

Many Older Americans remember what it was like when they were younger, and try to default to the level of exercise they used to enjoy. Unfortunately, you’re not 17 anymore, and if it’s been a while since you’ve exercised, you can really do some harm to yourself! Make sure you start off slow, then build momentum until you are at a comfortable level

3)      Goals to keep you going

Make your goals as detailed as possible. For example, “I will do ten arm curls with the 5-pound weight three times while watching the morning news” or “I will walk around the block three times a day.” Reaching those smaller goals can encourage you to reach the bigger ones.

4)      Find a buddy

This doesn’t necessarily mean finding a workout buddy; as noted above, going at it alone is a perfectly fine preference! What we’re talking about is finding someone who will encourage you and make sure you’re staying at your workout goals.

If you do decide to start an exercise regimen, make sure you consult your doctor first! And remember, we carry exercise equipment in our online catalog.

Fun Ways to Sneak in More Fruits and Vegetables

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by RapidMedicalBlogger No Comments

Adding fruits and vegetables to your diet is a great way to stay healthy.

 

We all know that the health-conscious individual will find a way to add more fruits and veggies to his or her daily meals. But, that can sometimes be a little harder to pull off, especially if you don’t have a lot of time. Below are some fun ways to sneak a little bit more green (and red!) into your daily diet:

Breakfast

Fruit and breakfast go together like than peas and carrots; but, you don’t have to eat just fruit by itself. Consider sprinkling some berries on top of your morning cereal or stirring in some dates into your oatmeal. If you don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning, here are some recipes for mason jar oatmeal that will help you sneak in some more fruits.

Lunch

Most people put items such as lettuce and onion on their sandwiches, but we say to stir things up a bit and add fruit to the top! Apples and turkey go well together, as does pineapple and ham. Try using a wrap instead of bread—you’ll have more room for toppings, and we encourage you to use that room for more fruits and veggies.

Snack

Keep a bag of baby carrots on your desk or by your work station to munch on. They have that sweetness that you crave, but they don’t have nearly the calorie count. Or, you could keep a bag of grapes handy. It will keep both your mouth and hands busy, so if you have that desire to snack, it will take care of that.

Dinner

Veganism isn’t for everyone, but there are a lot of products made for vegans that replace meat with vegetables. So, you don’t have to go for the full-blown vegan diet, but you can use some ingredients, such as tofu and tempeh, to substitute for meat every now and then.

Rapid Medical is all about living a healthier life—that’s why we like to observe months such as this one, which are designated as Fruits and Veggies month. For more great ways on how to live healthfully, visit our online catalog.

Grilling AND avoiding sodium? It can be done

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by RapidMedicalBlogger No Comments

Summer does not die quickly this side of the Rockies! Most Colorado residents want to cling to the outdoors as long as possible before the snow moves in. This also means participating in one of the best outside activities, grilling!

Unfortunately, if you’re living with diabetes, this means you will be exposed to more sodium than what your doctor recommends. Does this mean avoiding grill outs entirely? No! You CAN grill and avoid sodium—you just have to do it right.

Below are a list of things you should not consume at a cookout, and a list of things you can:

Do not eat these:

-Certain types of cheeses. Especially if they’re yellow cheeses! American cheese is one of the worst culprits.

-Anything pickled. Things such as relish, pickles and olives can be full of sodium. This grill favorite is one you will have to leave at the serving table.

-The sauce. Well, most sauces anyway. Soy, teriyaki, taco, spaghetti and hot sauces are notorious for being high in sodium. Salad dressings have a tendency to run high as well, as do many marinades. Make sure you’re checking out the labels.

-Salty spices. If it says “salt” anywhere in the name, don’t pick it up!

Eat these instead:

-Swiss cheese. This type of cheese has about a third of the sodium that cheddar contains, and about a tenth of what American has!

-Good sauces. If you want something liquid to spruce up your meat, try citrus juice, mustard or mayo. They are all low in salt.

-Good spices. These include crushed red peppers and chili pepper, both of which give your food a nice kick! Others in this group include basil, thyme, rosemary, dill, cayenne, cumin and parsley.

-Veggies. You’ve heard it your whole life, but veggies really are good for you! Try grilling up a few kebobs in your next barbeque.

 

Here at Rapid Medical, we’re dedicated to helping people achieve their desired lifestyle. If you are living with diabetes and having to watch your sodium intake, we carry a number of diabetic products in our online catalog.

 

Summer does not die quickly this side of the Rockies! Most Colorado residents want to cling to the outdoors as long as possible before the snow moves in. This also means participating in one of the best outside activities, grilling!

Unfortunately, if you’re living with diabetes, this means you will be exposed to more sodium than what your doctor recommends. Does this mean avoiding grill outs entirely? No! You CAN grill and avoid sodium—you just have to do it right.

Below are a list of things you should not consume at a cookout, and a list of things you can:

Do not eat these:

-Certain types of cheeses. Especially if they’re yellow cheeses! American cheese is one of the worst culprits.

-Anything pickled. Things such as relish, pickles and olives can be full of sodium. This grill favorite is one you will have to leave at the serving table.

-The sauce. Well, most sauces anyway. Soy, teriyaki, taco, spaghetti and hot sauces are notorious for being high in sodium. Salad dressings have a tendency to run high as well, as do many marinades. Make sure you’re checking out the labels.

-Salty spices. If it says “salt” anywhere in the name, don’t pick it up!

Eat these instead:

-Swiss cheese. This type of cheese has about a third of the sodium that cheddar contains, and about a tenth of what American has!

-Good sauces. If you want something liquid to spruce up your meat, try citrus juice, mustard or mayo. They are all low in salt.

-Good spices. These include crushed red peppers and chili pepper, both of which give your food a nice kick! Others in this group include basil, thyme, rosemary, dill, cayenne, cumin and parsley.

-Veggies. You’ve heard it your whole life, but veggies really are good for you! Try grilling up a few kebobs in your next barbeque.

Here at Rapid Medical, we’re dedicated to helping people achieve their desired lifestyle. If you are living with diabetes and having to watch your sodium intake, we carry a number of diabetic products in our online catalog.

Keeping your wheelchair beautiful

Posted on: August 17th, 2015 by RapidMedicalBlogger No Comments

Your wheelchair goes everywhere with you, so why not have it reflect your personality? August is wheelchair beautification month, and we here at Rapid Medical encourage you to put a little bit of fun in your chair.

The first step in beautifying your wheelchair is to keep it clean and in good running order. Start by doing the following thing to get it sparkling:

-Use a soft cloth to wipe fingerprints and dirt from the chrome or aluminum portion of the frame. Use glass cleaner if it’s especially dirty.

-After you wipe down the metal parts, go over them with some auto polish. If it’s been painted, use a non-abrasive auto wax.

-Put a little bit of laundry detergent on a cloth or sponge and go over the fabric and upholstery. Follow up with a damp cloth (but not overly wet).

-For your wheelchair’s moving parts, pull out any hair or gunk that may have gotten trapped. Go over the surface of the moving parts with a damp cloth.

-Use some penetrating oil and water-displacing spray (such as WD-40) to get some of the moving parts working more smoothly.

Some bold wheelchair users will even spray their manual wheelchairs down at the car wash!

Now that your wheelchair is clean, here are a few fun things you can do to spruce it up:

-Horace Knowles, founder of Wheelchair Beautification Month, suggests using a strip of Velcro to attach a florist’s water tube near the top of the wheelchair, and then putting real or artificial flowers in it.

-Buy a garland of artificial flowers and wrap them around the spokes.

-Use a string of LCD lights (also known as Christmas lights) and wrap them around your chair. Some on the market can be operated through a small battery pack.

 

Here at Rapid Medical, we’re all about maintaining your wheelchair while still having fun! We carry a number of wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories in our online catalog.

 

Your wheelchair goes everywhere with you, so why not have it reflect your personality? August is wheelchair beautification month, and we here at Rapid Medical encourage you to put a little bit of fun in your chair.

The first step in beautifying your wheelchair is to keep it clean and in good running order. Start by doing the following thing to get it sparkling:

-Use a soft cloth to wipe fingerprints and dirt from the chrome or aluminum portion of the frame. Use glass cleaner if it’s especially dirty.

-After you wipe down the metal parts, go over them with some auto polish. If it’s been painted, use a non-abrasive auto wax.

-Put a little bit of laundry detergent on a cloth or sponge and go over the fabric and upholstery. Follow up with a damp cloth (but not overly wet).

-For your wheelchair’s moving parts, pull out any hair or gunk that may have gotten trapped. Go over the surface of the moving parts with a damp cloth.

-Use some penetrating oil and water-displacing spray (such as WD-40) to get some of the moving parts working more smoothly.

Some bold wheelchair users will even spray their manual wheelchairs down at the car wash!

Now that your wheelchair is clean, here are a few fun things you can do to spruce it up:

-Horace Knowles, founder of Wheelchair Beautification Month, suggests using a strip of Velcro to attach a florist’s water tube near the top of the wheelchair, and then putting real or artificial flowers in it.

-Buy a garland of artificial flowers and wrap them around the spokes.

-Use a string of LCD lights (also known as Christmas lights) and wrap them around your chair. Some on the market can be operated through a small battery pack.

Here at Rapid Medical, we’re all about maintaining your wheelchair while still having fun! We carry a number of wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories in our online catalog.

Think twice before wearing flip-fops

Posted on: July 30th, 2015 by RapidMedicalBlogger No Comments

Flip-flops are a summer favorite for Coloradoans—and sometimes a year-round favorite, depending on who you’re talking to! But, this staple footwear is not as good for you as some people think. Here’s a few reason why you should think twice before slipping into a pair:

They’re terrible for diabetes

Flip-flops leave your skin exposed to the elements, making them more susceptible to getting cuts and scrapes. For someone living with diabetes, this can spell serious trouble. Diabetes affects the flow of blood, which can make it harder for cuts on the feet to heal. If you or a loved one are living with diabetes, Rapid Medical carries a number of diabetic products to help you.

They can cause your toes to bend unnaturally

If worn excessively, flip-flops can ultimately cause hammer-toe, which is when the knuckles of your toes bend permanently downwards. This can happen when your toes have to work extra hard, such as when you’re wearing flip-flops. They can also aggravate bunions, which is a bump at the big toe joint

They can cause blisters

There’s a lot of jokes about tourists wearing socks with sandals. Well, there is something to keeping your feet encased in cotton—it keeps them from blistering. With sandals, you have no way of wearing socks, and the hard plastic sandals are made of rub against your skin, causing it to blister.

They’re a tripping hazard

Flip-flops don’t offer you a lot of grip on the ground, so when you encounter a slippery situation, they can send you flying. Not to mention when you encounter a bump in an otherwise smooth terrain.

We’re not saying that you should stop wearing flip-flops entirely; however, we are encouraging moderation when it comes to these summertime favorites. If you find yourself getting out more now that it’s summer, Rapid Medical carries a number of products to aid with mobility, including canes and crutches, wheelchairs and walk aids.

Sunscreen mistakes you should avoid making

Posted on: July 23rd, 2015 by RapidMedicalBlogger No Comments

In last week’s blog, we talked about some of the hazards of wearing flip-flops. For today’s blog, we would like to talk about another possible summer time hazard—not wearing sunscreen properly.

Most people take sunscreen for granted. But, it’s not as easy as just slapping some on and calling it good. We’ve listed some of the common mistakes people make when it comes to protecting their skin:

Not reapplying

Sunscreen really doesn’t last that long. A good rule of thumb is to reapply every two hours—or more if you’re in the water

Leaving the bottle in the heat

This can cause the active ingredients in sunscreen to be rendered inactive. Try sticking the bottle in your cooler with your drinks to keep it at a good temperature

Believing its waterproof

Sunscreen manufacturers used to bill their products as “waterproof” but the FDA won’t allow them to say that anymore because it simply is not true. Some bottles still say “water-resistant” but it’s best to err on the side of caution and reapply often!

Relying on makeup

A lot of women use foundation with sunscreen in it, but the problem is that is usually isn’t very strong. Plus, makeup wears off throughout the day, leaving your skin exposed.

Not using enough

Sunscreen needs to be applied evenly across all surfaces of the skin. Try applying before you get dressed to make sure it’s applied properly. After all, your clothes can shift throughout the day, exposing different parts of the skin.

Using expired sunscreen

Believe it or not, sunscreen can expire! Just like when it becomes too hot, sunscreen that is too old loses the effectiveness of its active ingredients.

At Rapid Medial, we love it when people get out and about in the sun. It’s good for your mental and medical well-being. But, we do believe you should be smart about it! If you have trouble getting around this summer, we carry a number of products to help with mobility, including walk aids, canes and crutches, and wheelchairs.

Staying safe in storm weather

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by RapidMedicalBlogger No Comments

Last week, we touched on how Older Americans can stay safe in the summer heat. We’d like to touch on safety again in today’s blog—specifically, how to stay safe in summer storms. There are a number of factors that can make Older Americans more at risk when it comes to inclement weather such as tornadoes. We would like to talk about some of those factors and how to prevent tragedy from happening:

  • Did you know that Older Americans are statistically less likely to take shelter during a storm warning than any other age group? This might be due to the fact that they have seen many storms during their lifetime, and have become jaded to storm warnings. However, this kind of thinking can get someone in trouble! Make sure you take storm warnings seriously and take shelter when one is issued.
  • Make sure that your loved ones know what your emergency plan is. That way, if the unthinkable does happen, you are able to check up on each other easily once the storm is over.
  • Ensure that your safe area has easy access. If you’re going to the basement and you have limited mobility, you might want to consider installing a ramp, even if you’re not using a wheelchair. It will make it quicker and easier for you to take shelter during an emergency. If you take shelter in your bathroom, make sure you can get around it easily. We carry a number of bathroom safety products that can aid in that.
  • Pack an emergency bag with essentials such as prescription drugs, bottles of water, a flashlight and something to snack on.

Here at Rapid Medical, we believe that staying safe is one tool that can help you live independently. We carry a number of products in our online catalog that can help you do so, such as canes and crutches and aids to daily living.

 

Staying safe in the heat

Posted on: June 11th, 2015 by RapidMedicalBlogger No Comments

The weather is heating up, which means more and more senior citizens will find themselves taking part in outdoor activities such as walking or gardening. But, just because there’s no more snow and ice doesn’t mean there still aren’t precautions you need to take outside. The Center for Disease Control says that as you age, it becomes harder and harder to sense changes in the temperature. This makes Older Americans more susceptible to heat-related illnesses such as sun stroke or heat exhaustion. Here are some tips on how to stay safe in the summer heat:

  • Get in the habit of bringing a bottle of water with you wherever you go. This includes while you’re running errands, working in the garden or taking a walk. Take frequent sips from it, even if you’re not feeling thirsty. This is because staying hydrated is the best way to beat the heat.
  • Keep your thermostat settings at a constant temperature, even if you don’t necessarily feel that hot.
  • Make sure your elderly friends are being checked up on. If they don’t have a loved one who can do this, volunteer to give them a quick call on a hot day. Ask some of your friends to do the same for you.
  • Dress according to the weather—this means clothes that are light in weight and color.
  • Keep the excessive heat out of your house by covering up the windows with blinds or curtains.

While getting sun stroke or heat exhaustion is not pleasant, taking these precautions can help you stay safe this summer. Here at Rapid Medical, we believe getting out and about in nicer weather is a great way to stay health. That’s why we carry mobility products to help you do so.  Check out the walk aids, walkers/rollators and canes/crutches section of our online catalog today.

The Facts of Juvenile Arthritis

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 by RapidMedicalBlogger No Comments

Juvenile Arthrities affects nearly 300,000 children under the age of 18 in the U.S. Here’s what you need to know about this condition.

 

Most people don’t associate the spryness of youth with diseases such as arthritis. But, that’s precisely what 294,000 U.S. children under age 18 (or 1 in 250 children) deal with on a daily basis. May is National Arthritis Month and we decided to use this month to talk about juvenile arthritis or JA.

When we talk about arthritis, we’re not just talking about a single disease or ailment. Instead, we’re referring to a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders that range across more than 100 different conditions or diseases. These ailments wreak havoc on muscles, bones, joints, cartilage and other connective tissues. They hinder or even halt physical movement. It can happen to someone in any age group.

Juvenile arthritis is a term that covers many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 (or 18) and younger. Doctors aren’t sure what causes JA. Nothing concrete has been pinned down by modern medicine as of yet. Some think perhaps toxins, foods or allergies can cause children to develop the disease, but no evidence backs this up.

Instead, medical researchers say that a genetic predisposition could be the culprit. This means that a child could have inherited a set of genes that, when triggered by other factors, could cause the onset of arthritis.

On a state-by-state basis, childhood arthritis can vary greatly. For example, Wyoming has 500 reported cases while California has 38,000.

Their doctor’s visits are pretty high in number as well—a whopping 827,000 visits each year are from children with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Of those, approximately 83,000 account for emergency room visits.

Rapid Medical has products that can help arthritis patients, no matter what the age. Our rollators and canes can make it easier to get around for someone experiencing pain and limited mobility as a result of arthritis. Visit our catalog to see what else we have to offer.

Recognizing a Stroke

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by RapidMedicalBlogger No Comments

Time is of the essence if you recognize someone is having a stroke. It’s crucial that you remember to act FAST.

 

Imagine this: you’re at a restaurant with a loved one when they complain of a sudden severe headache. They stand up from their chair, but sway, as if they are having trouble standing up. They try to talk to you, but their speech comes out slurred. You reach out to steady them, but it’s as if they can’t see you.

All of these sudden onset symptoms are classic signs of a stroke, and if you notice them, you have to react quickly. A stroke occurs when there is poor blood flow to the brain, resulting in cell death. The symptoms usually, but not always, come suddenly and out of nowhere.

Learning to recognize the symptoms of a stroke could save someone’s life. An easy way to remember them is through the acronym FAST:

Face- Does your loved one’s face droop on one side?

Arms- Does one arm drift downwards when they raise their arms?

Speech- Is their speech slurred?

Time- Call 911 as soon as you notice these signs!

If you catch these symptoms within three hours of when they first appeared, your loved one could be treated with a medication that could reduce the long-term negative effects of stroke. The longer the symptoms go unnoticed, the more potential damage for stroke victims, so the sooner they are treated, the better!

Some of the long-term impacts of strokes include partial paralysis, usually on one side of the body, which can lead to problems walking and standing. Loss of control over bladder muscles is another side effect of a stroke.

If you or your loved one have had the unfortunate experience of going through a stroke, Rapid Medical is here to help. We offer products that can help after a stroke occurs, such as walkers and rollators as well as incontinence products.