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Three Hole EZ Glide

Walker Balls

The ONLY precut walker ball that can be used 3 times.

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Some benefits of performing yoga for seniors

Posted on 26 February, 2013 at 8:49 Comments comments (603)
The Benefits of Yoga in the elderly population

Our senior population is growing rapidly, as is their interest in leading active, fit lives. On the whole, we live longer than we used to, and we all want high-quality living and good health to be a part of our older years. As we grow older, however, we typically become more susceptible to ailments that are linked to aging, and, as a result, we tend to move less. The less we move, the more susceptible we become to a variety of ailments, and so it becomes a truly vicious cycle.

Yoga has been shown to help alleviate or reduce many of these health challenges, making it an increasingly popular exercise choice for our older adult population. Senior Yoga classes are popping up everywhere – health clubs, senior centers, assisted living residences, and even church basements. The many benefits of Yoga have long been said to slow – or even slowly reverse – the aging process.

SOME BENEFITS:

Chronic Pain: Yoga practice has been shown to aid those suffering with chronic pain. A study by the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (Gaur, 2001) found that patients experiencing chronic pain either improved or maintained their symptoms after only four weeks of practicing Yoga. No patients experienced deterioration, and every patient significantly reduced the amount of needed pain medication.

Diabetes: A study at the University College of Medical Sciences in New Delhi evaluated 30-to-60 year old patients with Type II diabetes (Jain, Uppal, Bhatnagar, Talukdar, 1993). A 40-minute-per-day regimen of Yoga was followed for a period of 40 days. The results showed a significant decrease in fasting blood sugar levels. Furthermore, these patients showed an average improvement in lung capacity of approximately 10 percent. This suggests that, over time, Type II diabetics can achieve better blood sugar control and pulmonary functions when they follow a daily Yoga regimen.

Improved Flexibity and Range of Motion:  As you age and become less active, you may notice you are not as flexible as you were at a younger age. Yoga enhances flexibility and joint range of motion through physical poses that stretch muscles and lubricate joints. Those suffering from arthritis and other stiff-joint conditions can also benefit from yoga. Poses that involve smooth movements may be more beneficial than static poses. A few days of yoga classes, or of at-home yoga exercises, might be all you need to start feeling more limber and mobile.

Yoga is a great activity for many reasons.  Improving your health and flexibility may help reduce fall risks and injuries.  We developed the Three Hole EZ Glide Walker Ball to not only save you money by using it 3 times, but to also help decrease fall risks and injuries by providing a smooth surface for the walker to glide over. This not only promotes proper assistive device use, but it provides a safer step pattern which improves a persons balance.



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The importance of stretching for elderly and seniors

Posted on 24 January, 2013 at 20:19 Comments comments (478)
Stretching is an important part of elderly and seniors flexibility, and will help offset the effects of the normal decline in the flexibility of your joints. It will also help you remain active and independent.

As we age, muscles become shorter and lose their elasticity. 
Aging can affect the structure of your bones and muscles causing pain and decreased range of motion in the shoulders, spine, and hips.  

It becomes very important for seniors to maintain range of motion and the ability to move all joints normally with activities during the day.

As muscles become shorter and range of motion is decreased, your walking stability may become compromised, which can put you at an increased risk of falling.   Walking devices help an individual decrease their fall risk, and by adding a pair of "THREE WHOLE EZ GLIDE WALKER BALLS" to the rear legs of your walker, you can decrease your fall risk even more by allowing your walker to glide smoothly over rough surfaces and decrease walker vibrations.

If you would like more information on stretching techniques, please feel free to contact us.  We can provide information to assist you.  The founder of NGU has been a Physical Therapist for 13 years and works primarly with seniors.

Remember, Never Give Up.
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Smoke detector safety

Posted on 21 December, 2012 at 10:48 Comments comments (378)
We all know how important smoke detectors are.  But, are you changing the batteries often enough and testing them regularly?

It was recommended by a fire fighter to change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year.  A good way to remember when to change them is to do it when the time changes twice per year.  So in the spring when we 'spring' forward and in the fall when we 'fall' back, change those batteries and do a test do ensure your detectors are working properly to keep your family as safe as possible all year long!
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Happy Holidays!

Posted on 3 December, 2012 at 12:03 Comments comments (238)
The Holidays

The Holidays are upon us.  This time of year can be overwhelming with so much to do, so many places to go, shopping, and time spent with family and friends.  One of the most important things to us during this season is spending time with family and seeing the awe on childrens faces when they see all the decorations and hear all the stories of the holidays.  Even with all the things we have to be thankful for, this can be such a stressful time of year.  We all try to do so much in so little time.  Here are a few tips to keep the stress level down:
1.  Decide when you will decorate.  Set aside either a couple days on each weekend to get it done, or an hour each night after work until it is all complete.  
2.  Talk with your family/friends to see if gift exchange is really necessary.  It may be a load off of their shoulders also, if you all decided to draw names or just exchange cards.  Gift giving can be a wonderful thing but if it becomes more of a stressor than a good feeling, then card exchange or name drawing may be your best bet.
3.  If you are responsible for cooking the majority of the family meals, try to prep ahead of time any dishes that you can.  There are even some dishes that you can freeze ahead of time and then just thaw them and pop them in the oven when its time for the gathering.  You can google Once a Month Meals and get some ideas. 
4.  Last but not least, ENJOY YOURSELF!  If you are not enjoying yourself, then you are not able to fully enjoy the spirit of the holidays and that is what it is all about.  Set time aside to do the things you enjoy most during the holiday season and whatever doesnt get done, well, it can wait until next year :)  

Have a blessed Holiday Season!
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Holiday Safety

Posted on 5 November, 2012 at 0:22 Comments comments (207)
It's about that time to say 'Happy Holidays'!   Beginning with Halloween, we start the holiday season.  It seems we get busier and busier as a nation around the holidays.  There are always so many parties and festivities to participate in!   Just remember to be safe during the season.  This is time of the year when many people are taken advantage of, possibly more often than any other time of the year.  Always research any investments you may be asked to make and when out and about shopping, be sure to keep your belongings close to you and be aware of your surroundings.  
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PINK Three Hole EZ Glide Walker Ball

Posted on 19 July, 2012 at 15:04 Comments comments (147)
NGU has added the PINK Three Hole EZ Glide Walker Ball to its product line.  A portion of the PINK walker ball proceeds will be donated to the Research for a Cure for Breast Cancer.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.   PINK walker balls are a limited addition item.
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Independent Nursing Home Association Conference

Posted on 30 June, 2012 at 8:58 Comments comments (413)
After attending the Independent Nursing Home Association last week we are excited about the new distribution opportunities available to NGU and the Three Hole EZ Glide Walker Balls!

 
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NEW "PINK" Walker Ball Logo

Posted on 16 June, 2012 at 22:05 Comments comments (366)
This will be the logo displayed on the "PINK" Walker Ball product tags.
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Patent Update

Posted on 16 June, 2012 at 22:02 Comments comments (40)
NGU has been granted a Canadian Patent.   The Three Hole EZ Glide Walker Balls is now patened in USA and Canada.
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PINK Walker Ball

Posted on 16 June, 2012 at 22:01 Comments comments (320)
NGU will be offering the "PINK" Three Hole EZ Glide Walker Ball starting August 1st.  10% of our proceeds will be donated to a Breast Cancer Foundation.
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