Disabled World Travels http://disabledworldtravels.com Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:15:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.5 Falls Can Threaten Independence http://disabledworldtravels.com/falls-can-threaten-independence/ http://disabledworldtravels.com/falls-can-threaten-independence/#respond Sat, 01 Nov 2014 21:51:14 +0000 http://disabledworldtravels.com/?p=620 read more]]> Each year more than 1 million healthy, U.S. adults experience debilitating falls, and that number is expected to rise as the aging population grows to 2.5 percent of the total population by 2040, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among this group, one out of three people will sustain a fall over the span of a year, costing the country over $55 billion to treat.
The likelihood that someone will fall again is greatly enhanced due to fear, balance, strength, lack of coordination issues to name a few. Falls are one of the leading causes of death in those 65 or older and a common cause of hospital admissions and injuries, especially hip fractures for women and traumatic brain injuries for men.
The end result is the reduced ability to perform daily activities, compromised quality of life, and increased risk of future falls. Audiologists can help to recognize many of these risk factors and make recommendations for amplification – which can help to better localize sound and improve overall quality of life. Often it is found that many fall victims have significant hearing loss, which can also affect their sense of balance. It’s important to have an annual hearing evaluation as part of your annual checkup.

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Disabled Travel Tips http://disabledworldtravels.com/disabled-travel-tips/ http://disabledworldtravels.com/disabled-travel-tips/#respond Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:54:35 +0000 http://disabledworldtravels.com/?p=709 read more]]> baby boomers 6

1. Call ahead. Service providers are required by law in many cases to accommodate travelers with special needs. However, most need some time to make the necessary arrangements. Mention your needs at the time of reservation, and call the provider 24 to 48 hours before your arrival to confirm that proper accommodations have been made.

2. Be specific and clear when describing a disability. Not all service providers know the “lingo” of accessible travel, or the medical terms for certain conditions. Give as many details as you can about what you can and can’t do, and don’t downplay the severity of the disability. The more information a service provider has, the better they will be able to accommodate you.

3. Be specific and clear when describing the trip to your doctor. A doctor can often prescribe measures for coping with an unusually long flight, limited medical facilities at your destination, the unavailability of prescription drugs and other pitfalls of traveling. Be prepared — in some cases, your doctor may question the advisability of travel.

4. Travel with a statement from your doctor, preferably on letterhead, covering your condition, medications, potential complications, special needs and other pertinent information. Be sure you have a number where your doctor (or another medical professional) can be reached in an emergency situation at any hour of the day.

5. Bring extra medication. Many experts advise that you travel with two complete packages of essential medication in case of emergency. Store all medications and other necessary medical supplies in your carry-on bag.

6. Investigate physician availability where you will be traveling. Your doctor, health care provider, insurance company or local embassy can provide the names and contact numbers of physicians at your destination.

7. Carry medical alert information, preferably in a place that a medical professional or anyone who assists you will find easily (wallet card, necklace, close to your identification).

8. Consider using a specialist travel agent. Some agents provide stellar niche services; one might be very experienced in working with hearing-impaired travelers, another with developmentally impaired travelers. Since the requirements for these varied travelers can be staggeringly different, it helps to find someone who knows the ropes. Check the agent search feature at TravelSense.org to find qualified travel agents across the U.S.

9. Avoid connecting flights. Although wheelchairs are the last items to be checked into the luggage compartments, and thus first to be pulled off, flying direct can save you unnecessary time and hassle. One exception: If you have trouble maneuvering into airplane lavatories, long flights may become uncomfortable — so a series of shorter flights might be a better option. If you do choose to connect, be sure to allow plenty of time between flights (we’d recommend at least 90 minutes, or two hours if you need to go through customs or security) to get from one gate to the next.

10. For more Safe Travel Tips for the disabled you should read “Disabled World Travels –Safe Travel made easier for the disabled – Volume 1.” This educational series is loaded with travel tips catering to people with disabilities. Each volume will feature specific disabilities and then reveals the solutions to overcome some of the barriers encountered when traveling. Every volume will have a resource section that will have useable information; including forums which will give you access to read about others who travel worldwide with disabilities. The first volume will include tips for the visually impaired, hearing impaired, arthritis tips to reduce joint pain, helpful information for diabetics, wheel accessible solutions, traveling with mobility issues, traveling with oxygen, and traveling with medications and so much more.

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Arthritis – Traveling and Dealing with Joint Pain http://disabledworldtravels.com/arthritis-traveling/ http://disabledworldtravels.com/arthritis-traveling/#respond Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:50:35 +0000 http://disabledworldtravels.com/?p=703 read more]]> How can I better manage my Arthritis when I’m on the go?

Arthritis affects over 50 million Americans and is an often a misunderstood disease. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States and frequently causes activity limitations. The American with Disabilities Act defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability.

Traveling can be a great way to visit friends and see the world but for people with arthritis sitting for long periods of time can result in very stiff joints, fatigue, and stress on the joints. There are several ways to minimize stress on the joints which means you will need to plan ahead.
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If you are traveling by air, try to book non-stop to eliminate transfers and ask for a seat in an exit row so you have more room. You can have your large bags shipped ahead of time to their destination to avoid carrying large bags to the airport. You can simply arrive to the airport with your carry-on bag with medications and snacks. When traveling consider traveling during the weekdays if you have the choice because the airports, bus and rail terminals are less crowded. Be sure to take along inflatable pillows, ear plugs, small meals, or items that can make your trip more comfortable. You will want to stretch regularly to avoid unnecessary stiffness.

If you are traveling with a wheelchair and by car you have the most flexibility and can arrange to stop every hour or so to do some stretching exercises. There are also cruise opportunities as well, which can be less fatiguing. The ships often offer stretching exercises and activities on board to help you stay in shape. Exercise is essential for arthritis and helps increase energy levels, develops a better sleep pattern, maintains a healthy heart, helps stiff joints, decreases stress, and improves your self-esteem. As always, contact your physician before beginning any exercise program.

Classic Ambiance resistance bands along with a pedometer can be used when you are traveling because they take up no room in your suitcase. The resistance bands arrive with 3 levels of progressive strength along with videos led by personal trainers to deliver the precise amount of resistance you require. These resistance bands are very different than other bands on the market because they most accurately duplicate the elasticity of human muscles. Pick up a set before your next trip at Perfectbands.com.

The Arthritis Foundation has wonderful fitness programs which are designed to reduce pain, increase your flexibility, and help you live a better life with arthritis. They have a walk with ease program, tai chi, aquatic and other programs. To learn more about these programs in your area you can contact your local Arthritis Foundation office or visit www.arthritis.org.

Here’s another resource than can be beneficial if you have arthritis, diabetes, hearing problems, visual impairments, confined to a wheelchair, and other health issues, “Disabled World Travels” is a series that is filled with safe travel tips to empower people with disabilities, seniors, and baby boomers, so they enjoy more successful travel experiences. The book has many resources and forums that can empower and enhance the way you travel. Be sure to get your copy of Disabled World Travels.

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Classic Signs of an Enzyme Deficiency http://disabledworldtravels.com/classic-signs-of-an-enzyme-deficiency/ http://disabledworldtravels.com/classic-signs-of-an-enzyme-deficiency/#respond Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:03:57 +0000 http://disabledworldtravels.com/?p=614 read more]]> Today’s diet can be very deficient in enzymes. Everyone is on the go eating fast and consuming a lot of microwaved, canned, frozen, and fried foods that have depleted valuable enzymes. This puts the body under stress, which can lead to some of the signs of enzyme deficiency: older couple
1. Fatigue
2. Headaches
3. Bloating
4. Weight problems
5. Allergies
6. Indigestion
7. Low Energy
8. Gas
9. Stomach upset
10. Constipation
11. Slow to heal

The role of digestive enzymes is to break down the foods we eat into smaller manageable pieces so that it can be readily absorbed in the bloodstream. A good enzyme formula is a complete multi-enzyme complex composed of all plant based enzymes. A good one to check is the formulation by Elite Science Labs. Elite Science Lab’s formulations are the highest quality, vegetarian, hypoallergenic, dairy and gluten free chewable, naturally cherry flavored Digestive Enzymes. For more information check out ENZYME DEFICIENCY.

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Having Digestive Problems? Top Foods to Avoid http://disabledworldtravels.com/having-digestive-problems-top-foods-to-avoid/ http://disabledworldtravels.com/having-digestive-problems-top-foods-to-avoid/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:45:15 +0000 http://disabledworldtravels.com/?p=608 read more]]> There are many foods to avoid when you’re having digestive problems. The most important thing to realize is that during this time you want your food to be as bland as possible and to avoid food being digested to quickly or slowly.
1. Spicy Foods
2. Dairy
3. Acidic Foods (Tomato sauce, citrus fruits, and carbonated beverages)
4. Fatty Foods (Butter, icecream, red meat, and cheese)
5. Fried Foods (Consumption of fried foods slows down the emptying of the stomach)
6. Processed Foods (Lack fiber and can give you gas and worsen and discomfort)
7 Artificial Sweeteners (Sorbitol is hard to digest and found naturally in some fruits (prunes, apples, and peaches). It is also a sweetener for gum an diet foods.
8. Alcohol (Too much can cause indigestion)
9. Caffeine (Stimulates the gastrointestinal tract making the contents move too quickly and can cause diarrhea.
10. Spoiled Foods/Sweet or Salty foods

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Vitamin D3 is Proven to lower Cholesterol levels http://disabledworldtravels.com/vitamin-d3-is-proven-to-lower-cholesterol-levels/ http://disabledworldtravels.com/vitamin-d3-is-proven-to-lower-cholesterol-levels/#respond Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:24:58 +0000 http://disabledworldtravels.com/?p=600 read more]]> According to the World Health Organization, heart disease was the leading cause of death for men and women in 2011 and 2012 in the United States resulting in 600,000 deaths per year. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of several cardiovascular diseases which can occur when the blood supply to the heart is cut off.

Coronary heart disease costs the United States over 100 billion each year which includes the costs of health care services, lost productivity, medications, and caregiver help. Some of the risk factors include genetics, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, high alcohol consumption, and diets filled with fatty meat. Eating a diet with fruits and vegetables helps to reduce coronary heart disease.

It’s important that you know your cholesterol levels. According to the research studies, your total cholesterol levels which include HDL, LDL, and triglycerides can be a problem if they are too high. Recent research has also indicated as many as one third of children are at risk for high cholesterol, which conventional medicine views as a major risk factor for heart disease.
Additional risk factors for heart disease include: your fasting insulin level, your fasting blood sugar level, and your iron levels. Be sure to talk with your doctor and get these levels checked at your annual physical. If your levels are high your doctor may prescribe medications or talk with you about getting additional exercise or other lifestyle factors.man in wheelchair

Recent research indicates that higher vitamin D3 levels are associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease. Another study evaluated over one million people who had received a low level of vitamin D3 for two years and the results indicated that all subjects had improved lipid profiles. Vitamin D3 may lower the risk of coronary heart disease and death by reducing inflammation, risk of respiratory infections, thickening and hardening of the arterial walls, and metabolic syndrome such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Vitamin D affects your DNA through vitamin D receptors which are found throughout the human body. Elite Science Lab’s Specially formulated bioavailable micellized Vitamin D3, cholecalciferol mini-drops contain 400 units per drop, which is formulated for babies, children, and adults. Get more information at VitaminDDrops

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Wheelchair Travelers and Accessibility http://disabledworldtravels.com/wheelchair-travelers-and-accessibility/ http://disabledworldtravels.com/wheelchair-travelers-and-accessibility/#respond Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:15:32 +0000 http://disabledworldtravels.com/?p=596 read more]]> If you are a slow walker or confined to a wheelchair Accessible Journey’s tour operator can help you plan the trip of your dreams. This company has over 25 years of experience making dreams come true for travelers with wheels. There are many options for group or independent travel to fascinating cities in Europe: Switzerland, Rome, Germany, Austria, and Scotland to name a few. You can also visit the Galapagos Islands, Peru and Machu Picchu. Accessible Journeys offers a private alternative for wheelchair travelers and slow walkers, their families, and friends who prefer to travel at their own pace. Everything can be arranged such as accessible van rentals, chauffeur driven accessible vans, guaranteed accessible hotels, meals, luggage service, guides, personal care attendants, and assistance if you become ill. woman in wheelchair

This is one of the valuable travel services available in the resource section of the book, “Disabled World Travels”. Fore more information visit www.disabilitytravel.com

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Traveling – Difficulties with Constipation & Diarrhea http://disabledworldtravels.com/traveling-difficulties-with-constipation-diarrhea/ http://disabledworldtravels.com/traveling-difficulties-with-constipation-diarrhea/#respond Sat, 24 May 2014 18:12:17 +0000 http://disabledworldtravels.com/?p=557 read more]]> stomach pain

Travelers diarrhea affects 30-70% of all travelers, depending on the destination and time of year. Travelers diarrhea can come suddenly causing vomiting, diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, and fever which can last for 2-5 days if untreated.

Often contact with contaminated water or food can be the source of the problem. The use of probiotics can be helpful to prevent travelers diarrhea and most often reduce the severity of symptoms. Studies have concluded that lactobacillius acidophilus and bifidobacteria bifidum had the strongest evidence of being the most helpful friendly bacteria. Be sure to look into Elite Science labs Ultra complex Probiotics, which contain a complex of 10 different bacteria. The complex is all natural that is free of the common allergens such as milk/casein, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, corn , yeast, soy, and dairy. Why wait till your next trip, try some today. http://www.www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IRJ7PJ0

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The Power of Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes and Having Good Health http://disabledworldtravels.com/the-power-of-probiotics-digestive-enzymes-on-digestion/ http://disabledworldtravels.com/the-power-of-probiotics-digestive-enzymes-on-digestion/#respond Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:00:01 +0000 http://disabledworldtravels.com/?p=544 read more]]> Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes Video

Everyone these days has heard about probiotics, but do you really know how important both probiotics and digestive enzymes are to your overall health? Probiotics are miccroscopic live organisms that help the body build long lasting immunity to a host of illnesses and diseases. Taking Probiotic Elite Ultra Complex is a way to do the following:

. Aids in digestion*
. Helps body expel food within 24 hours before it becomes a toxin in your system*
. Helps build resistance to pathogenic bacteria, fungal, and viral infections*
. Aids with lactose intolerance*
. Protects babies and children from future allergies
. Regulates metabolism*

Enzymes play a crucial role in digestion, as they break down food components that can be readily absorbed by the body. Elite Science Labs digestive enzymes, are hypoallergenic, vegetable based, and help to assist in the breakdown of a wide range of proteins, peptides, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars, and fibers. Do you ever get constipated, bloated, gassy, have diarrhea, heartburn, or irritable bowels? Chances are digestive enzymes could have helped your body breakdown the food that causes those uncomfortable situations.

Both supplements are hypoallergenic, pharmaceutical grade, vegetarian, gluten free, with no artificial colors, flavoring, or preservatives. Elite Science Labs are known for high standards and product purity. The potency of the products are well tested and produced in a GMP 9000 registered facility, certified by NSF International in the United States.

For more information on how Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes can make you feel better. Click on the following:

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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Low vision travelers – Top 8 Tips http://disabledworldtravels.com/top-8-strategies-for-low-vision-travelers/ http://disabledworldtravels.com/top-8-strategies-for-low-vision-travelers/#respond Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:00:42 +0000 http://disabledworldtravels.com/?p=238 read more]]> low_vision

Globally, in 2002, more than 161 million people were classified with a visual impairment, with greater than 124 million classified with low vision, and 37 million were legally blind. Many people who fall in the low vision category can use their residual vision to complete their daily tasks without the use of technology. Here are 8 tips to use when traveling.

1. When planning a trip be sure to have directions written down before leaving, especially if you cannot read them. You can use this by showing the written information to someone else if you get lost. Carry a copy of the exact address of your location.
2. Be sure to inform everyone including the travel agency, hotel, and all travel partners about the fact you are visually impaired.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you cannot see a sign or monitor, ask police officer or customer service representative to help.
4. Always carry the most important necessities in your carry-on, such as your money, medication, keys, tickets, and essentials.
5. Be sure to carry your cane. The cane easily identifies you as visually impaired.
6. Always ask for discounts. I was on a tour with a woman in London who was visually impaired. She told me about all these amazing discounts and freebies she received when traveling!
7. Be sure to research accommodations and destinations prior to your arrival. This is BIG. Be sure you can be accommodated.
8. Enhance your sensory experience by going on tours that will allow you to touch objects.

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