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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Have you suffered an injury below the knee? It's possible you've had a foot surgery, a below the knee amputation, gout, diabetic ulcers or wounds, a foot sprain, or fracture. Then more than likely, you'll be looking for a knee walker. A knee walker (sometimes called a knee scooter) is a crutch-replacement mobility device to help you safely move around in your house or city. The HealBug Knee Walker is the premier knee walker for your needs.

HealBug Knee Walker

Features of the HealBug Knee Walker

It's Steerable

The adjustable steering handlebars make it possible to turn tight corners. A small turn radius makes it easy to move around in your home, at the game or at work. The handlebars have a built-in height adjustment option for a perfect fit every time.

It Has Brakes

The brakes are conveniently located on the handlebars for easy stopping. The brake system on the Healbug Knee Walker is like the one found on a bicycle. To brake, simply pull the lever with your fingers toward your body.

It Has A Basket

The black mesh basket on the front of the HealBug Knee Walker is perfect for holding items you need while on the go. Store your phone, keys, drink or other small items as you move safely to your destination.

It Has A Comfortable Knee Pad

The HealBug has a comfortable and durable knee pad for you to rest your leg. Like the handlebars, it's height adjustable for the perfect fit.

It Comes In 2 Colors

The HealBug comes in Sporty Red or Royal Blue.

Price $179 - Free Shipping

All orders placed at DMESupplyGroup.com come with free shipping. That means the price you see on the screen is the price you'll pay. No hidden fees or charges.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Senior e-commerce use is booming. Consider these statistics:
  • 59% of online seniors have made an online purchase in the past three months
  • Seniors, 50+, spend over $7 billion annually
  • Adults 50+ account for 80% of all online luxury travel spending.
But why are seniors using the DME Supply Group to shop for medical equipment and supplies?
Because we offer a convenient and affordable shopping experience.

Our goal is simple:
Our goal is to conveniently provide our customers with a large selection of quality medical supplies at a discounted price. We want you to have the most positive online shopping experience. No games, just good service, quick shipping, fair prices, and no hassles.


Silver Surfers: Internet Usage Among Older Generations

The Internet isn’t just for tweens and young socialites. In fact, a large population of Internet users are 50 and older, utilizing the Web for social media, shopping and even education. Let’s take a look at why the stereotype of the not-so-tech-savvy Baby Boomer is more than faulty.

Stats and Facts

Senior Internet use (2000-2012) The number of adults 50+ who use the Internet has grown significantly in the past 12 years.
  • Percentage of Twitter users over 50 - Almost 1 in 5
  • Percentage of Americans 65+ who use the Internet - 53%
  • Of that 53%, 70% use it on a typical day.
  • Average amount of time Baby Boomers 47-65 spent on the Internet in 2012 - 27 hours per week
  • Percentage of seniors (65+) who own a desktop computer - 48%
  • Percentage of adults 50-64 who own a desktop computer - 63%

A Closer Look: Senior Social Media Use

Though the average age of the social media user is fairly young, a large percentage of social media profiles belong to adults 55 and over.
  • Adults 55+ who engage in social networking to communicate - 27.4 million
  • Online seniors who use social media - 1 in 3 (This is a big difference from 2009, where only 13% of online seniors were using social media.)
  • Percentage of online seniors who have a Facebook account - 49%
  • Percentage of Twitter users 50 and older - 18%

A Closer Look: Seniors Shopping Online

Maybe it’s because they have the most money of any age group, or maybe it’s because they like the convenience; whatever the reason, adults 50 and older constitute a majority of the online consumer population.
  • Percentage of online seniors who have made an online purchase in the past three months - 59%
  • Average annual amount spent online by adults aged 50+ - $7 billion
  • Adults 50+ account for 80% of all online luxury travel spending.
SOURCE: http://www.accredited-online-college.org/internet-usage/

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Monday, June 23, 2014
We love to chat! That's one of the reasons we love doing business on the internet. We get to meet and talk to people from all over the world.

That's why we're so active on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. These communities are perfect places to ask questions, leave comments and get relevant news about the latest health, fitness and family ideas and topics. Everything from holidays to recipes and workout routines to home safety, we talk about it!
We'd love to hear what you have to say. Come and join the conversation!

Social Media Summer for us at DME Supply Group

This month starts Social Media Summer for us at DME Supply Group. We need your help to grow our social media community by following us, commenting, asking questions and sharing our posts with you friends and family. You can find us on the following social media channels:

Facebook

The DME Supply Group page on Facebook is a great community to join. It's a great place to learn and discuss your ideas. It's also easy to share and comment on the items we add.

Twitter

If you haven't tried Twitter yet, follow DME Supply Group on Twitter and see what it's all about. We really love the short messages and ongoing conversations that we have there.

Google+

DME Supply Group on Google+ is a new and growing community of people who like to discuss fitness, exercise, medical equipment and just about anything. Check it out!

Pinterest

The DME Supply Group boards on Pinterest include: Fitness & Exercise, Food & Drink, Recipes, Healthy Eating & Treats, Healthy Lifestyles, Inspirational & Quotes, Happy Home! Cleaning, Organizing and Safety, Holidays and more.

Blog

 The DME Supply Group blog is published on Monday morning and has articles relating to health, fitness, medical equipment, medical supplies and holidays. Always something new.

Website

The DME Supply Group Website has a wide variety of:
  • Medical Supplies: ostomy supplies, wound care, diabetic supplies, enteral nutrition and incontinence
  • Medical Equipment: Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, hospital beds, scooter, lift chair recliners and knee walkers
  • Fitness Gear: weights, exercise mats, foam rollers, medicine balls and therapy supplies
  • Medications and Over The Counter (OTC) Supplies: antibiotics, digestive aids, needles & syringes, pain relievers and topical treatments

It's Your Turn

Are you following us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest? If not, why not follow us today? Let's talk!
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Friday, June 6, 2014
If you're reading this, you've probably either heard or said this, "Your snoring keeps me up at night. I can't sleep!" But loud snoring could be the tip of the iceberg. It could be pointing a bigger issue, sleep apnea.

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Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in your breathe for 10 seconds or more and could happen several times an hour. The side effects include: high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heart beats, heart attacks, diabetes, depression and worsening of ADHD.

Sleep Apnea: What are the Symptoms?

The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are:
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Waking up short of breath
  • Loud snoring or episodes of choking, gasping or breathing cessation while sleeping
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's time to talk to your doctor about treatment options. For many, the best option is CPAP therapy.

Check out our CPAP and BiPAP supply section to see a variety of masks, supplies and machines available to help you sleep.

You owe it to yourself, and your partner, to talk to your doctor today. Treating your sleep apnea will have a positive effect on your life.

Bonus Video: Why is Sleep so Important?

Why is sleep so important? Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep?

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
As summertime approaches, and you begin exercising, bicycling, walking and swimming again, you're likely to experience some pain. That's why we're featuring the Rebound TENS Unit. Lower back pain, tennis elbow, muscle and joint pain don't have to slow you down.

Rebound TENS Unit for Pain Relief


What is a TENS Unit?
A Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator, or TENS Unit, is used to treat pain. It sends small electrical pulses through the skin to the nerves.

The Rebound TENS Unit has two modes:

  1. High Frequency - A continuous, mild, electrical activity blocks the pain signal traveling to the brain. Brain cells perceive pain. If the pain signal does not get through to the brain, the pain is not “felt.”
  2. Low frequency - Short bursts of mild electrical activity cause the body to release its own pain easers called beta endorphins. This is done by stimulating the body’s own natural pain-control mechanism.

What Types of Pain does the Rebound TENS Unit Treat?
The Rebound TENS unit has been successfully used to treat many types of pain conditions, such as:
  • Chronic Pain
  • Acute Pain
  • Cervical (neck)
  • Post-operative
  • Amputation
  • Muscle and joint
  • Phantom limb
  • Tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Lower back
  • Tennis elbow
  • Lumbago
  • Leg pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
Is the Rebound TENS Unit easy to use?
Here's a short video that demonstrates how easy it is to use.



Where can I purchase the Rebound TENS Unit?
You can purchase your Rebound TENS Unit at DMESupplyGroup.com today. We also have additional supplies and electrode refill kits available. Don't let pain stop you from the summer of your dreams!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
As summer approaches, it's time to think about fitness, family vacations and outdoor activities. That means running, hiking, biking and swimming. Are you ready? Kettlebells can help you reach your goals.

In the video below, called "The KettleBell Swing," Physical Therapist Ann Wendel discusses how to properly do the exercise, correct body positioning and technique.


Benefits of the Kettlebell Swing

In her article, "Swing into Summer: The Kettlebell Swing," Ann explains the benefits of this exercise:
One of my favorite exercises to teach my clients is the Kettlebell Swing. This exercise has many benefits such as:
  • Teaching the hip hinge with spinal alignment
  • Developing strength in the posterior chain (back and butt)
  • Teaching patients to use their legs and hips to drive lifting motions rather than using their arms
  • Integration of the diaphragm and pelvic floor with lifting objects
  • Development of cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Development of grip strength

Let's Go!

Sound advice and motivation like this is what you need to reach our fitness goals. As a reminder, check with your physician to discover what level of exercise is appropriate for you, and always use proper technique and safe equipment.

We Can Help

Need kettlebells? At DME Supply Group, we have a large selection of exercise equipment to help you meet and exceed your fitness goals. Shop our selection of kettlebells and have a safe and healthy summer!
DME Supply Group Kettlebells

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Cleaning Ideas

Pull out the broom and mop because its time to do some Spring cleaning. Wash the windows, sweep the floors, clean the carpets, declutter and organize the house from top to bottom. All done!

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Not So Fast!

Often times, its cleaning the small and unseen areas that can make the biggest difference. Forgotten closets, broken items and routine maintenance should be added to your list. We've put together a list of overlooked projects that can help you live in a clean, well organized and safer home.

Ten Spring Cleaning Ideas

Here are some spring cleaning ideas you may have overlooked:
  1. Give it away, recycle it or throw it away. The easiest way to clean and organize your home is to get rid of the clutter.
  2. Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  3. Do one room a day until you're done. Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to begin a new cleaning habit.
  4. Clean out your medicine cabinet. Throw away any expired medications.
  5. Check the inspection dates on your fire extinguishers.
  6. Make small repairs to items as you clean.
  7. Have the air conditioner checked and cleaned before it get's too hot.
  8. Pack up unneeded winter clothes.
  9. Clean your window dressings. Wash or dry clean the curtains and clean your blinds and shades.
  10. Reward yourself for a job well done!

Share your spring cleaning ideas with us!

We'd love to hear them! Check out our Cleaning and Organizing board on Pinterest for more ideas! Photo by Barret Anspach 


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Thursday, April 10, 2014
senior home photo Parkinson's Disease

April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month so we collected our favorite Parkinson's resources for you. We've included some quick facts about Parkinson's and websites designed to help professionals, caregivers, spouses and patients on their journey.

Parkinson's Disease: The Facts

  • Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that worsens over time
  • 50,000-60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and nearly one million people in the United States have Parkinson's Disease
  • The cause is unknown, and there's no cure
  • April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month, and April 11th is World Parkinson's Disease Day
The following organizations offer information and resources to patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals relating to Parkinson's Disease:

Parkinson's Disease Organizations

National Parkinson's Foundation

The National Parkinson's Foundation website has materials for patients, caregivers and professionals. Article libraries, forums, stories and white papers are just a few of the resources available on this site.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation's website has webinars and information on research initiatives, understanding Parkinson's, living with Parkinson's and getting involved.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation website focuses on providing information on living with Parkinson's and research opportunities. His optimistic message grows from his own experience with Parkinson's.

American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association is dedicated to its mission to "Ease the Burden - Find the Cure." With local chapters across the United States, it continues to research, raise awareness and serve patients.

Practical Advice And Help For Caregivers

Well Spouse Association

The Well Spouse Association is a member driven organization with events and support groups for caregivers. It's focus is supporting and educating the patient's spouse.

Caregiver Action Network

From the network's website, "The Caregiver Action Network is the nation's leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age."

Products To Aid Parkinson Patients

DME Supply Group - Aids To Daily Living

Patient's with Parkinson's can find it difficult to do the most routine tasks such as putting on socks or zipping up a coat. The aids to daily living section of the DME Supply Group website has products that can help. Reachers, steady write pens, large handled utensils, non-slip socks, and dressing aids make it possible for Parkinson's patients to thrive in their home.

What Do You Think?

Do you have a favorite Parkinson's Disease website to share? Please leave a comment. Photo by Ralph Zuranski 

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Monday, July 1, 2013
The Invacare Aluminum Lightweight Transport Chairs are one of DME Supply Group's hottest items. The durable, easy-to transport chairs are the perfect item for mobility. The chair comes with permanent padded arms for maximum comfort. 

The transport chair is also equipped with black flame retardant and bacteria resistant nylon upholstery making it one of the safest products on the market. The footrests swing away so that you can easily get into the chair and back out again.

What about storing and moving the chair? We've got that covered too. The Invacare Aluminum Lightweight Transport Chairs have a fold-down back rest that helps it fit into almost any car or truck. And at just 19 pounds, it's easy to lift for loading purposes. 




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Monday, June 10, 2013
Americans are gaining weight at an alarming rate, with obesity increasing from 12 percent of the nation's population in 1990 to 23 percent by 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite an increase in state public health funding to combat these growing rates around the country, obesity continues to rise. A new University of Missouri study has found that as states spend more money on health care, obesity rates actually increase. Charles Menifield, a professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at MU, says his findings strongly suggest that governmental spending efforts in fighting obesity have not been successful.

"Teenage pregnancy, tobacco use, infant mortality and the spread of AIDS have been decreasing for years, so clearly marketing and prevention campaigns can have a positive impact on reducing social ills," Menifield said. "However, current efforts toward decreasing obesity seem to be fighting an uphill battle."

In his study, Menifield examined the impact of per capita healthcare expenditures, fruit and vegetable consumption, and physical activity rates on obesity rates at the state level. He found that higher consumption of fruits and vegetables and physical activity directly correlated to lower obesity rates while higher rates of smoking correlated with higher obesity rates. Menifield says these findings show that governmental programs must work toward solving many social problems at once, since they are often interrelated.

"The government cannot use a one-pronged approach to solving obesity," Menifield said. "They must use multiple avenues to solve the issue at every level of government. Obesity is clearly correlated with other social ills, like smoking, low birth weight and teen pregnancy; thus, the government should seek an agenda that seeks to reduce all of these social ills rather than focus on them individually."

Menifield recommends that policy makers address the problem many urban areas face regarding food deserts, which make it difficult for low-income families to acquire fresh fruits and vegetables. He also believes additional nutritional information should be provided on foods in grocery stores and restaurants, and employers can help by providing free or reduced gym memberships to employees.



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