What to Ask Before Buying a Stairlift

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As the population of the United States ages, home stairlifts are becoming increasingly popular. The installation of a stairlift allows many older adults who have difficulty with stairs but are otherwise in good health to remain in their homes and retain their independence.
Today’s stairlifts are quiet, relatively inexpensive, and can be installed without any structural damage to the home or decor. However, if you are considering purchasing a stairlift, keep these questions in mind to help ensure that you get the best product, one that’s the right fit for the structure of your home and for your personal health situation.
* Does it fit? Choose a stairlift that is available in a range of options to accommodate straight, curved, and outdoor stairways. Seek out stairlifts with a modular design that allows for quick and easy installation with no damage or changes to the home.
* Can you get good customer service after the installation? Be sure to find out the stairlift company’s policies on maintenance and follow-up services for the products. Look for companies that are available seven days a week to respond to any questions or concerns you may have. That’s why it’s best to buy directly from the manufacturer when possible.
* What are the safety features? The latest technology of the best stairlifts, such as those manufactured by Acorn Stairlifts, includes safety features such as sensors on the foot platform that will stop the lift when triggered. In addition, make sure to ask whether your stairlift includes safety belts and lockable seats that can swivel for getting on and off easily, then stay locked into place.
* Is it easy to use? Consider who will be using the stairlift. Look for models with light touch controls designed for individuals with limited manual dexterity because of arthritis in the hands or other problems. A remote-control option is a key element to consider as well, so family members or others can operate the stairlift.
* Is there a long wait to order/install the stairlift? Companies offering a modular design in stairlift technology can respond to an order and install a stairlift in hours rather than weeks.
For more information and answers to your questions about choosing a stairlift for your home, visit www.acornstairlifts.com.

Americans Prefer Cleaning Toilets Over Researching Health Benefits

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When it comes to choosing the right health insurance plan, American workers are not spending much time researching the best options for themselves or their families. Even though the terms of health insurance policies can change year over year, 56 percent say they devoted less than 30 minutes to researching their benefits options during their last open enrollment, according to the 2015 Aflac Open Enrollment Survey.
In fact, many workers would rather be doing almost anything other than researching their health benefits. The survey found that more than a third (38 percent) would rather clean out their email inboxes, 23 percent would rather clean their toilets and 18 percent would rather do their taxes.
Despite the shift to more consumer-directed health care, U.S. workers are in denial about the financial consequences resulting from their health insurance choices. This is concerning, given that an Aflac study found more than half (52 percent) of workers have less than $1,000 on hand to pay out-of-pocket medical costs associated with unexpected serious illness or injury. And 42 percent waste up to $750 annually with mistakes made during open enrollment with insurance benefits.
Employees need to weigh not only the monthly cost of insurance plans, but also the amount of the total cost of their health care that they will be responsible for.
Here are four tips to help employees choose the right benefits and protect their wallets:
1. Review and compare benefits information. Be aware of annual insurance policy changes to avoid costly mistakes.
2. Understand the financial implications your choices have on your budget. Calculate yearly medical expenses, like deductible costs and monthly premiums.
3. Consider adding voluntary insurance for more financial protection. Accident, critical illness and hospital policies help cover what major medical insurance doesn’t, such as out-of-pocket costs and other expenses that continue to roll in even if you’re too ill or injured to work.
4. Seek advice from HR or insurance consultants to help understand your benefits coverage.
To learn more about the 2015 Aflac Open Enrollment Survey, visit AflacWorkForcesReport.com.

Avoid Drugs and Surgery With Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Talk about bad odds.
Americans have an 80 percent chance of experiencing back pain in their lifetimes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But making matters even worse is this: Say you do experience such pain, and you’re told — as too often is the case — that your only options are either drugs or surgery. The former is potentially addictive. And as for the latter…well, many believe this headline from a publication focused on natural health says it all: “Back Surgery: Too Many, Too Costly, and Too Ineffective.”
The truth is, there’s a third option that a growing number of experts now say should be used before anyone even thinks of making patients go through either or both of the others.
That option? Chiropractic care.
“Medical care certainly has not solved the everyday symptom of low back pain, and even may be reinforcing and exacerbating the problem,” renowned orthopedist and spine researcher Gordon Waddell, MD, says.
Indeed, numerous studies have found that chiropractic care, with its drug-free and non-invasive focus on spinal manipulation, results in:
* Better outcomes
* Lower costs
* A much higher degree of patient satisfaction, as witnessed by the 94.3 percent positive rating reported by the military health program TRICARE among participating active and retired Army personnel.
“It’s gratifying that patients and practitioners are seeing the wisdom of considering chiropractic first, medicine second, and surgery last,” says the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Gerard Clum, DC.
To learn more or to locate a doctor of chiropractic, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Seeking Chiropractic Care Can Help You Avoid Unnecessary Drugs and Surgery

AvoidDrugsAndSurgeryCIt would appear that the odds are stacked against Americans when it comes to back pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults have an 80 percent chance of experiencing back pain in their lifetime.

To make matters worse, if you do experience such pain, you may be told — as is often the case — that the only options are either drugs or surgery. The former is potentially addictive, and the latter? Well, many believe this headline from a publication focused on natural health says it all: “Back Surgery: Too Many, Too Costly, and Too Ineffective.”

These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Pearls


Pearls are the perfect, malleable medium for today’s always-changing fashions. But don’t mistake some of today’s modern pearls with Grandmother’s simple strands. By adding a little high tech, color and carvings, you take a classic piece of jewelry straight into the 21st century. With these changes, today’s pearls are appealing to a new generation that is discovering their beauty and luster, while enjoying some amazing new characteristics.

For Winter Roof Checkups, Look to the Attic

PreWinterRoofCThis might be hard to wrap your head around, but your attic could save you from breaking your neck this autumn.

In all seriousness, this is one of the two times each year when homeowners are supposed to check the health of their roofs. Among others reasons, they’re key to a home’s energy efficiency. But who wants to be climbing a ladder 25 feet into the air when the weather is turning inclement?

That’s where your attic comes in.

Hungry for a Way to Control Your Appetite? New Procedure May Help

vBlocTherapyIf you are one of the millions of Americans that struggle with your weight and have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 to 45, you may have considered bariatric surgery to lose unwanted pounds. The rub is that while it may work, it’s invasive, and there can be significant long-term side effects: so much so that only a fraction of those who are obese seriously think about this option.

Seeing a Chiropractor Could Save You Money

OptumChiroCIf you didn’t consult a chiropractor first for your back pain, it could cost you—to the tune of $1.3 billion.

In analyzing two years worth of its own insurance data, the health care giant Optum projected that’s how much money health care consumers would have saved had patients who’d experienced 14.7 million reported non-surgical spinal episodes received chiropractic care first.

Optum defines “first” as getting treatment “within the initial 10 days” of a spinal episode. Taking advantage of that window, it found, drastically reduces the need for everything from costly surgery to injections to prescription medications — a conclusion certain to fuel the growing “chiropractic first” movement embraced by many health experts.

Firefighter Battles Flames and Cancer

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – What would you do if you learned you had only one year left to live? A new novel from published author Blaize Nolynne explores this question from the perspective of a volunteer fire captain in River Falls, Maine. The novel, The Captain’s Last Year, Fighting Fire and Cancer, One Year to Live, depicts the reality of cancer and examines its impact on patients and their families.
The story centers on fire captain Steven Williams, whose doctors have given him one year to live after a diagnosis of stage IV stomach cancer. Steven starts with denial, but then he attempts to come to terms with his situation as treatments fail. His thoughts turn to how to make the most of his remaining year, and he grapples with a range of issues. Could he change his relationship with his son, Christopher, or improve the disrespectful attitudes that have become an epidemic in his community? Ms. Nolynne’s intent is to make readers consider what they would do if they learned they had one year left to live.
Fire and rescue services are the venues of many of Ms. Nolynne’s books, and she writes from personal experience. In an interview with a local newspaper, The Independent, she notes that her father was a volunteer fire captain with the fire department in Standish, Maine, and that she visited the department often as a child. Her paternal grandfather was a volunteer firefighter and a driver for the local rescue squad, and her great-grandfather served as a fireman in South Portland, Maine.
Another family member — Ms. Nolynne’s grandmother — also inspired the novel through her battle with terminal cancer.
Ms. Nolynne is honoring her grandmother and the firefighters in her family by assisting with the medical expenses of Jeff Douglass, a fire chief in Baldwin, Maine, who has stage four pancreatic cancer.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of The Captain’s Last Year, Fighting Fire and Cancer, One Year to Live will go to Team Jeff, Code 3 for a Cure, in addition to other firefighter cancer charities. Ms. Nolynne’s books are available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and bam.com (Books A Million).
For more information about the book, visit www.ayresdelzariopublishinginc.com.

Winter Is Coming: Is Your Fuel Ready?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Winter is coming — and that means it’s time to store seasonal tools and recreational equipment. Safe, smart storage of motorcycles, RVs, power equipment and seasonal cars goes a long way towards keeping them at their best to ensure peak performance in the spring.
To keep the fuel in gas-powered machines and equipment in peak shape through winter storage, consider these three elements:
Time Is the Enemy
Fuel in gas-powered equipment that remains in storage during the winter months needs to be stabilized to ensure easy starts and full power in the spring. Untreated fuel begins to oxidize, losing quality and combustibility over time, which leads to engines that are hard to start or run rough.
Draining gas from power equipment or cars is one way to prevent gunk and debris from forming, but it isn’t always a practical solution. One alternative — add a fuel stabilizer. However, you need to choose the right treatment to ensure maximum fuel quality. In general, ethanol-blended gasoline should be used within 30-45 days. However, an enzyme stabilizer, such as Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment, will stabilize gasoline for up to 2 years. Star Tron does much more than simply stabilize; the unique enzyme formula also helps improve fuel combustibility to ensure easy starts, full power, improved fuel economy and decreased emissions.
Some fuel stabilizers contain many of the same anticorrosion and antioxidant additive packs that are already present in pump-grade gas. Adding more of these add-pack compounds can degrade fuel quality causing engines to run rough and smoky when they are started after winter storage. An enzyme stabilizer is designed to work in conjunction with pump-grade gas additives to keep fuel fresh for maximum performance in the spring. Fresh fuel and easy engine starts are better for fuel economy, which means lower emissions and less environmental impact. And it’s not just for winter; an enzyme fuel treatment can maximize fuel quality all year long.
For more information, please visit www.startron.com or call (800) 327-8583.