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Blog posts for December, 2018

Discover the latest innovations in the low-vision, low-hearing, and mobility industry, as well as those must-have products to enhance your day-to-day life. Our Independent-Living Blogs will help inspire you and make your daily life a little less of a struggle and a bit more pleasurable with assistive products, suggestions, motivational stories and advice. MaxiAids Helps You Do It . . . Yourself™. We welcome you to leave a comment if you enjoyed reading a particular blog!
27 December, 2018

New Year's Resolutions for 2019 from MaxiAids

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All of us at MaxiAids would like to wish you a healthy and happy New Year. To make sure we start off 2019 just right, here are a few New Year's Resolutions to try to live by.... Below are ways we can help you stick to your New Year's Resolutions and healthy habits, and we hope that these suggested tips make a positive difference both this year and beyond.

New Year's Resolution: STAY ACTIVE

Resolution Solution: Portable exercise equipment to keep you moving all year 'round 

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Add a little more exercise to your daily living routine.  This may seem like a tough challenge during these long winter months when we're feeling lazy, but spending more time indoors doesn't mean we have to be inactive.  When this happens, you can pick up one of these portable and affordable exercise peddlers or stretch exercise bands that you can use whenever you have a few extra minutes to spare at home, on vacation or even at the office.

New Year's Resolution: THINK POSITIVE

Resolution Solution: Light Therapy

Day Light Classic Plus Light Therapy Happy Light Liberty 10k Natural Spectrum Energy Light

Some people experience bouts of depression during the wintertime, but you can help ease seasonal mood swings and push those winter blues away.  One way to alleviate this is to make sure you surround yourself with plenty of light to combat the shorter days and longer nights. Beat the effects of seasonal changes, jetlag and working odd shifts on the job. Improve your mood, energy level, focus and productivity. There are specialty lamps available that provide much-needed light therapy this time of year, and these lighting solutions can truly help improve your mood and keep you thinking positive in January 2019 and beyond. 

New Year's Resolution: GET ORGANIZED

Resolution Solution: Use Calendars, Clocks and Medication Management Systems for Written and Audiovisual Daily Reminders. With the calendar flipping over to start a new year, now is the perfect time to get rid of the clutter on your desk and give yourself a clean start for 2019. Getting organized may seem like an overwhelming task, but once you take a few steps in the right direction, you'll start to feel a whole lot better about managing important items in your daily life.

Calendars Reminder Rosie Automatic Pill Dispenser

MaxiAids offers amazing organization tools to really keep your life in order. Large print calendars like the 2019 Giant Appointment Calendar can really help you write down and remember important dates for events, meetings and doctor visits, while the Reminder Rosie Talking Alarm Clock with Personalized Voice Reminders enables you, your spouse or your caregiver to set up daily living reminders to help you manage your regular routine and take your medications at the right time.

Speaking of medication management, this is one area that every person should strive to stay organized while heading into a new year. It is extremely important to make sure you take all of your medications at the right time, and this Automatic Pill Dispenser does everything you need to ensure that your medicine is properly and securely delivered to you on time.

New Year's Resolution: GET REST

Resolution Solution: Get a good night's sleep to feel your best. 

Sleep Machines Tinnitus Sleep Therapy Pillows

Getting a good night's sleep is so important to feeling healthy, energetic and happy.  If sleep has become difficult or challenging, look to sleep sound machines and comfort pillows to help you get your Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz's.  Finding the right support and comfort at night will help you get the rest you need.  

New Year's Resolution: EAT HEALTHY

Resolution Solution: Prepare healthy meals with fresh ingredients

Eating right keeps your immune system up and keeps you energized.  It's so habit forming in the winter to be drawn to those high carb "comfort" foods which can easily put on the pounds!  Look to a healthier meal plan and spend those extra indoor hours experimenting with new recipes.  With just the right cooking tools, you will succeed in the kitchen and have fun preparing healthy meals.

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New Year's Resolution: SHOW GRATITUDE

Resolution Solution: Be supportive of others and thank those who help you for their kindness.

Now is the perfect time to reflect on the people who are closest to you, as well as family, friends, caretakers, aids, teachers, coworkers and others who have supported you throughout the past year. Keep a piece of paper and pen with you and whenever you think of someone, list their name on the paper. Write down two or three positive things that you would like to tell them, and when you see them again, share your sentiments with them. This is a wonderful way to start off 2019 on the right foot with all of the people in your life who love and care for you, and they will surely cherish your words of gratitude and encouragement.

We at MaxiAids will continue to strive to help our amazing and loyal customers. We are here to help with all of your needs, and we truly appreciate your continued support.

We wish everyone a Happy New Year, and we are proud to serve you and be there for you in 2019!

Visit www.maxiaids.com to shop the largest selection of low vision products, low vision aids, products for the blind and visually impaired, hearing impaired, and products for independent living at the lowest prices.

13 December, 2018

Fall Prevention Tips for the Holidays

Stay Mindful and "Present" for a safe and happy holiday!

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Throughout this busy holiday month, MaxiAids wants you to be mindful of your every move to avoid unexpected falls and injury.  With so much distraction during the holidays (and other day to day distractions all year 'round), it's important to be aware of your surroundings at all times to prevent falls.  Every step we take can potentially end up in a fall.  When living with a disability, it's so important to be conscious of where we go, what we do and how we go about doing it.  That's why at MaxiAids we want to provide you with suggestions and products to help reduce those chances of hurting yourself.  Accidents happen so quickly, and in seconds a person's life can change.

So what does it really mean to be mindful and present? 

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Mindfulness:  The practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment...    

Being Present:  Learn to focus completely on doing that one thing. Pay attention to every aspect of what you’re doing...

The importance of these two words can be detrimental to living a safe and accident-free life.  Awareness of your thoughts and actions when faced with challenges such as low vision, mobility issues and hearing loss is essential to your safety. 

As we age or have mobility issues, falls are very common and happen more frequently. That is why it's so important to remove distractions, and stick with one activity at a time.  Multi-tasking when we are busy seems natural, but we put ourselves at risk when doing so.  Besides staying mindful and present, it is also important to eliminate mental and physical interferences as we walk or do chores. 

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There are ways to help prevent falls, and keep your environment safe and clutter free...

  • Keep floors free of objects you can trip over (small vases, plants, storage boxes, low foot rests, shoes, pet products, etc.), remove throw rugs, and hide away electrical cords
  • Keep furniture to a minimum, and have more open space to move around
  • Keep work areas clean and always mop up spills right after they happen
  • Add grab bars where needed; bathroom, hallways, bedrooms
  • Use non-slip mats in showers and bathtubs
  • Wear good support sneakers or shoes with rubber bottoms to prevent slipping
  • Avoid standing on chairs or tables to reach for something; only use sturdy step stools or ladders with handrails
  • Keep hallways, stairways, doorways and walkways well lit
  • Use walking aids to help you when necessary
  • Practice balance exercises (ask your doctor what exercises are safe for you to do to increase better balance and equilibrium)
  • Keep distractions at a minimum
Safety Bar and Rails Grab Bars Duro Med Non Slip Vinyl Shower Mat
Foot Stool with Handrail Wireless Motion Sensing Indoor Step Light Walking Aids

While staying mindful and present in your surroundings, you will notice how focused you will become while walking, getting out of bed, bathing, cooking, etc. Being mindful will keep you safer and give you an overall feeling of relaxation and well-being.

Mindfulness has its many benefits-- helping reduce stress and anxiety, improve listening skills, and increase general happiness. So stay present, be safe, and have a happy holiday with MaxiAids' assistive products, mobility equipment and walkers, low vision aids, blind accessories, products for the blind and visually impaired, and other home safety products to help you live a safe, active, and productive life.   -- Audrey Leonard

10 December, 2018

Stylish Protective Sunglasses to Wear on Vacation This Winter

For those who suffer from retinal disease or macular degeneration, protective sunglasses are a requirement for optimal eye health. If your sensitive eyes are exposed to too much light, further damage can be done to your retinal cells.

It can feel like a chore when shopping for protective sunglasses that are both protective and stylish, but MaxiAids has all the protective sunglasses you need that will still allow you to look great while on vacation at the beach this winter.

Are you on the search for stylish low vision sunglasses that will also minimize reflected light and bright glares from horizontal surfaces, protect from harmful UV rays and allow you to see well in bright environments? Don’t stress out before vacation! Browse MaxiAids’ protective eyewear solutions of varying styles, sizes and colors. 

Cocoons Flip-Ups-Square-Gray-Size 58 Noir Large Fitover 53 Percent Light Amber Vistana OveRx Sunglasses- Tortoise-Copper Lens-MS Aurora Sapphire Fit Over Sunglasses - Polarvue

Shop more protective sunglasses for your eyes from top brands including Cocoons, Noir and Vistana fitover sunglasses today!

05 December, 2018

Games for the Holidays

Shop the largest selection of games and recreational items for the blind and visually impaired this holiday season!

4 in a Row Game- Tactile Hi Ho! Cherry-O Counting Game- Braille Alphabet Bingo Games- Braille

Create more holiday fun with family and friends!  MaxiAids offers many tactile and braille games to choose from that are designed for both the blind and sighted so everyone in the family can play. Those who are blind, suffer from low vision and have sight impairment can participate in social games along with their sighted family members and friends, encouraging interactive time together.

Puzzle - On the Level Brainteaser Braille Sudoku Puzzle Game with Board Travel Chess Set for the Blind or Those With Lo...

Choose from a huge selection of entertaining, adaptive games for the blind and visually impaired such as Braille and Low Vision Monopoly, Super Big Boggle, Deluxe Scrabble for Low Vision, Checkers and Chess sets, Tactile Connect Four and Tic-Tac-Toe games, Dominos with raised dots, puzzles and much, much more.  You will also find a great selection of unique Braille, tactile and low vision board games for people of all ages and ability levels, as well as cards and accessories, dice, Scrabble replacement tiles and more.  

Braille UNO Cards Braille - Rook Cards Go Fish Flash Cards - Braille

From Braille playing cards and easy to see low vision playing cards to BINGO cards, playing card holders and automatic card shufflers, you will find everything you need to make your games as inclusive and comfortable as possible for blind and low vision players. We also carry popular decks of Braille UNO cards, Yahtzee, Scrabble Slam, Skip-Bo, Linkology, Pit - Corner the Market and more! 

Star Soccer Ball with Bells - Yellow Beeping Foam Football Soccerball with Double Bells Inside

Have a ball this holiday season, and get family and friends outside for some exercise and good times!  MaxiAids has accessible beeping balls and audible balls for the visually impaired that help anyone with low vision feel included when playing sports.  Our wide selection of adaptive audible balls includes balls for soccer, basketball, football, rugby, cricket, softball and more.  

Enjoy giving a gift to someone with low vision or blindness such as these interactive games that everyone can play together.  Look to MaxiAids for more recreational games and products for the blind and visually impaired, blind accessories, low vision products and low vision aids.