One of the best ways to celebrate America is by taking in the fantastic sights at its National Parks. But for those that require oxygen, visiting these prized locations may have just been unobtainable. Now, with portable oxygen concentrators, oxygen therapy users can visit any of the National Parks across the nation.
If you have breathing difficulties, you know that the summer brings some complications: high humidity and extreme heat can exacerbate conditions such as COPD. In fact, one study showed a strong association between weather-related heat and emergency hospitalizations related to respiratory distress, meaning that those who suffer from these conditions must take even better care of themselves when the temperatures rise.
In addition to taking care of themselves, though, they need to take care of their oxygen concentrators. Units aren’t made to withstand extreme heat, so it’s important to ensure you’re keeping it safe along with yourself.
If you have a loved one with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you might be wondering:
How can I best support their care and well-being?
COPD creates new challenges both for patients and their families. Depending on the severity of the illness, there might be new medications, significant lifestyle changes, regular doctor appointments, and new respiratory equipment. These challenges can become frustrating for patients and difficult for family members to keep track of.
Here at the Oxygen Concentrator Store by American Medical, there’s nothing that brings us more joy than hearing and seeing the freedom an oxygen concentrator can bring our customers. Kelly Ragan, writer for The Greeley Tribune, highlights an oxygen user taking back their freedom in her article Greeley Woman Teaches Water Aerobics to Classes That Become Like Family.
Diana Bleignier thought she'd grow up to be an elementary school teacher. She had a gift for interacting with people and instruction, so it seemed like a natural fit. But she didn't end up in a classroom. She wound up in a pool.
Phoenix is an exciting destination to visit for senior travelers. With its warm weather, bright sunshine, amazing desert scenery and sightseeing destinations Phoenix provides you with the perfect setting for taking along your portable oxygen concentrator. If you want to get the most out of your vacation in Phoenix, make sure you stop by the following hotspots.
For breathtaking views, drive up to Dobbins Point on South Mountain. As the largest municipal park in the United States, Dobbins Point offers a majestic panorama over the Phoenix Valley. You can go during the day and enjoy a picnic, or go in the evening for a sunset viewing you’ll never forget. Keep in mind that the road to the top of South Mountain is windy. Hiring a driver might be a good option if you tend to get nervous behind the wheel.
Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task for anyone, but if you have limited mobility or if you just don't have as much spring in your step as you used to, it can seem overwhelming. Everyone could use a little help with their spring cleaning, so don't be afraid to ask for it. Below is a list of easy spring cleaning tips that anyone can use!
Make a List
Take a look at your house and yard and make a list of all the things that you want to get done. Putting everything on a list helps to place things in perspective. Here's a quick list of some things that you may want to do to get your list started.
Retirement doesn't need to mean becoming idle. There are many advantages of seniors volunteering, other than the overall benefit that society gets from good deeds and activism. If you're retiring, this is the perfect opportunity to devote your time or other available resources for a cause that you care about. You're not being compensated with money, but you'll be getting something far more valuable.
Maggie Kuhn proudly refers to herself as a "little old woman", because she knows there is power and value behind this title. Mrs. Kuhn was forced into retirement at the age of 70, but, of course, she wasn't about to let that slow her down. Kuhn founded an organization called The Gray Panthers, which fights age discrimination and advocates for social and economic justice.
It's never too early to start planning your summer vacation, in fact, early winter is the perfect time to start planning. After all, the best vacations are a result of lots of planning ahead. The little details that you might overlook if you were in a rush are usually the details that make the best memories.
Decide on Where to Go
If you don't already know where you want to go, you can make a list of summer vacation destinations to choose from. Talk to the person or people you'll be traveling with, so you can narrow down which places you all agree on.
By now, we all know the risks of smoking tobacco. Unfortunately, that doesn't make it any easier, even for those who truly desire to quit smoking. You might have the mentality that you've already been smoking for so long, that the damage has already been done. You might not see the point in quitting.
Even though you may still develop health problems years after you've quit smoking, there are still a lot of benefits of quitting, no matter how long you've been smoking. In fact, it's amazing how quickly your body gets better once you've quit smoking.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is still somewhat of a mystery to medical experts, but what they do know undeniably, is that it is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. If you are planning a trip to a ski resort high in the mountains, or any other location that has an altitude about 6,000 feet above sea level, AMS can be a threat.
There are a few different ways to prevent AMS is the first place, and everyone is different in how going to a high altitude affects them. One person might get it mildly while another gets violently ill. It can be especially dangerous to those with a chronic lung disease.
Using a home oxygen concentrator might be the best way to prevent mountain sickness since it allows more oxygen to get into the blood stream. You might want to talk to your doctor about doing this, well before your trip to the mountains.