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24 November, 2019

10 Holiday Gifts for the Blind and Visually Impaired

MaxiAids has an extensive range of items designed to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired, those with low vision, and other physical challenges.  Make this a thoughtful and helpful holiday season with gift giving products to make their world more accessible...


Reizen Talking Atomic Watch (704013) Imagine never having to set a watch!  Ideal for those who are vision impaired and have trouble seeing the numbers. This talking watch has a large face and bold black numbers for easier viewing, and will announce the time at the press of a button. It sets the time on its own via radio signal from Atomic Clock in Colorado without having to make any physical adjustments, giving confidence of time accuracy to those who can't see.


Reizen Daisy Digital Recorder Player (307591) This player has internet access for FM radio/podcast recording, contrast colors, tactile controls and large SD card slot for visually impaired and blind users. Can be integrated with different text to speech (TTS) languages, its portable- features USB port for other devices and has voice navigation for each step. Talking alarms, voice reminder and voice memo, talking compass, calculator and timer, this recorder player has so many functions for the blind, they will wonder how they lived without it!


Reizen Talking Atomic Alarm Clock (706884) Never have the wrong time or date! This talking Atomic Clock automatically changes for daylight saving time with optional hourly time announcement from 8am to 10pm. This atomic clock tells the month, date and day of week so the blind and visually impaired always know what the time and day is.


Reizen Braille Quartz Alarm Clock with Vibrator (704990) The most adaptive deaf/blind clock available, developed especially for the blind and those with low vision, but also the deaf and hard of hearing. There are braille numbers on the face for tactile reading of time, glow-in-the-dark hands, and extra illumination at the press of a button. Plug in the vibrator and adapter and this clock will wake hard-of-hearing or deaf individuals, without waking others.


Reizen Low Vision Quartz Wall Clock (7040936) Large, easy to read wall clock with a 14 inch diameter and large 1 ½ inch numerals make this clock easier to see.  For those who have low vision, this is a perfect clock to see the time without straining their eyes. Perfect for the home and office.



Reizen Bi-Color Square Braille Watch-Expansion Band for women and men (707794) (707792) Durable hands were designed for reliable touch reading of time for the blind and visually impaired user. Tactile dots distinguish hour marks. Swiss movement and bi-color Gold-Tone/silver tone case and band-- a stylish and functional watch for women and men this holiday season!


Reizen Braille Labeler (263507) Identifying items can be a real challenge when faced with blindness and visual impairment. This labeler is a must for the blind and visually impaired.  For home, work or school, use it to label everything:  files, records, DVDs, cans of food, credit cards, business cards, name, address and phone numbers of favorite restaurants, movie theaters, and so much more. Provides a huge convenience since it is so lightweight and portable, making their world more accessible and easier!


Reizen Dome Magnifier 4x 12D 80mm (R6911) Magnifies and collects light to disperse onto text, ideal for the low vision user when reading becomes a challenge. It provides a brighter field of view without an additional light source. Makes a great gift.


Reizen Raised Dot Dominos (90997) Dominos are tactile with raised dots for easy identification of each piece so blind and sighted friends and family members can enjoy a fun game together this holiday season. Comes with a carry case.


Reizen Star Soccer Ball with Bells (791303) Bells inside this ball is for audible tracking, which makes this soccer ball inclusive for all! Blind, visually impaired, low vision and sighted players (age 8-12) will enjoy playing for hours together with this bright yellow soccer ball that's easy to see and hear. 

MaxiAids is proud to offer products for the blind, visually impaired and those with low vision to help with the challenges of everyday life. With thousands of items to choose from, give a gift that will help aid your loved one this holiday season!

19 November, 2019

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Seniors

MaxiAids for the physically challenged has an extensive range of items designed to improve the lives of seniors.  Make this holiday season gift-giving a thoughtful and helpful one with products to help ease challenges for your favorite seniors...

Reizen Automatic Pill Dispenser

Reizen Automatic Pill Dispenser (159032) Dispense the right dosage of the right pills at the right time and schedule up to 6 daily doses with the built-in programmable timer. Auto pill dispenser is designed for the elderly, Alzheimer's patients, those with low vision, and patients with complicated daily medical regimes. Tamper-proof locking key system helps prevent over-medicating, which is a common problem in the senior population when they fail to remember if they took their pills or not.

Reizen Talking Atomic Watch

Reizen Talking Atomic Watch (704013) Imagine never having to set a watch!  Ideal for seniors who have trouble seeing the numbers or who struggle with dexterity issues.  This watch will set the time without having to make any physical adjustments.  With its large face, bold black numbers and hands for easy viewing, they will also enjoy the convenience of hearing the time announced at the press of a button.


Reizen 3.5x Sports Glasses (R3158) Seniors will love seeing all the details and action they've been missing out on when eyesight begins to decline due to aging or other deteriorating eye conditions.  These ideal spectacle/binoculars are for distance viewing. Use them at home to see the TV more clearly and easily. Take them to the movies, the ballet, plays, sporting events, anywhere!


Tel-Time Talking clock (99*U6695) No more struggling to see the time with this Curve talking low vision clock. Half inch black numbers on an easy to read LCD display, this clock will also give an audio time report, hourly time announcement, adjustable volume,  and easy to set alarm. Helps seniors stay on top of their appointments, meetings and reservations with friendly talking announcements.


Reizen Led Lighted Oval Dome Magnifier (R6920) Magnification and light plus lifetime-use batteries, this dome magnifier is great for dimly lit rooms, restaurants, waiting areas, or wherever eyes struggle to see when reading. Portable magnifier is convenient to take anywhere. Powerful 6x magnification!


Reizen Talking Scale (1502671) Hear weight in English, Spanish, lbs. or kgs. Quality constructed bathroom scale with a friendly female voice announces "Hello, I'm Ready". Scales can be hard to read from a standing distance, especially for those with failing eye sight or neck pain.  Let this talking scale speak the weight and make it easier to keep track of weight gain and loss.


Reizen Loud Ear Personal Amplifier (907654) As we age and hearing loss begins to be an issue, this powerful personal amplifier will help clarify the frustrations and struggles of not hearing conversations clearly. With 110dB gain, this amplifier has a built-in microphone for clear and loud hearing.


Reizen Big Button Phones (9254552, 305506) A phone for seniors that makes dialing easier!  With speakerphone and volume/receiver control, 10 number memory storage, and LED light that flashes incoming calls, when hearing and sight becomes more difficult, this is the perfect phone that's so easy to see and use!


Reizen Talking Jumbo Calculator (752975) Hear keys pressed and calculation results spoken. Easy-to-see big keys and 7/8” digits on LCD is the perfect oversized calculator (8.25” x 11.50”) for those who struggle seeing the number results on a regular calculator.


Reizen Talking Atomic Alarm Clock (706884) Never have the wrong time or date! This clock automatically changes for daylight saving time with optional hourly time announcement from 8am to 10pm. Confusion and not knowing the actual date is a common issue for seniors and those with the beginning stages of dementia or Alzheimer's. This atomic clock shows month, date and day of week so seniors always know what day it is. It receives a split-second accurate time from the US Atomic Clock. 8 Time Zones: Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, Alaska, Hawaii, Atlantic and Universal Coordinated time.

MaxiAids takes pride in offering products to help aid in the struggles of everyday living. With thousands of items to choose from, there is sure to be the right gift for your favorite seniors this holiday season!


05 November, 2019

The Importance of Nature-- Braille Trails and Sensory Gardens for the Blind

Nature trails and sensory gardens for the blind and visually impaired promote health, well-being, and independence...

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Now the blind and visually impaired can experience outdoor trails and sensory gardens on their own.  With guided ropes, braille signs, barrier-free pathways and path markers, enjoying the gardens and trails have allowed those with visual challenges to explore the great outdoors safely and independently. Some trails have tactile walkways to provide direction, and others are wide enough for wheelchair accessibility.  Guided audio tours or smartphone access are provided as well at some of the locations, giving more information on the nature trails and sites.   

MaxiAids has provided accessible items for those with visual impairment and physical challenges to live independently so they can experience the world outside of their home safely and confidently. Look to MaxiAids for products for the blind and visually impaired, low vision products and blind accessories to make these outdoor experiences eventful and exciting.

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Having access to outdoor nature trails are important for exercise and fresh air, adding to one's health and to help increase endorphins- the happy hormones! Winding paths and braille information signs at different locations on the trails offer an inclusive way to interact with nature.  These accessible gardens and trails provide everyone (sighted or not) an opportunity to explore nature in its natural setting while gaining education and awareness of the outdoor world.

Sensory gardens tap into the many senses, giving the blind access to smell scented herbs and fragrant plants, touch river rocks, trees and uniquely textured plants and flowers, and hear the sounds of nature and other outdoor life.  Trickling water from fountains, waterfalls and babbling brooks, meditative wind chimes, sound-producing plants that make noise when wind passes through them, and autumn leaves that crunch underneath ones' shoes when walking over them, all contribute to a sensory pleasing experience.

If you have a family member or friend who is blind, you can create your own mini sensory garden. (See "Five Ways to Create a Sensory Garden for the Visually Impaired" )

Braille trails and gardens may include railings, raised garden beds, and special pathways so the visually impaired can walk along these paths without assistance. There are many healing benefits of gardens and outdoor spaces dedicated to the blind, according to Amy Wagenfeld, college professor of occupational therapy and author of Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces. Outdoor gardens can improve physical and psychological health, lift depression and help those with illnesses.  "Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical well-being, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones."

Braille trails and sensory gardens can be found in public parks and botanical gardens all over the world.  --Audrey Leonard