My name is DeQuel Robinson, I’m a native of Mobile, AL and I currently work as a Program Supervisor for Mobile Parks & Recreation, a Track & Field Coach/Personal Trainer, and Doctoral student.
I’m also a former Pro Wheelchair Basketball Athlete. I’ve lived with an Ambulatory (Physical) Disability since the Fall of 2008. Prior to that date, I was a star athlete in Football & Track & Field. Sports has always been my passion and love since the age of 5. Who would have thought that the two sports I love so dearly would be taken away from me at the young age of 21.
In the Fall of 2008, October 18th, my life changed forever when I was shot 7 times and left for dead. God truly had His hands on me because He covered me while being on the ground an hour in a half and gave me the strength to dial 911.
The multiple gun shots left me partially paralyzed from the waist down. That didn’t stop me from developing a focus mindset and thriving ahead, tapping into my purpose. After being confined to a wheelchair, I was able to create a path for myself through sports and fitness.
I became involved in wheelchair activities and earned a wheelchair basketball scholarship to The University of Alabama. During my tenure at the University of Alabama, I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and became a 2-Time Intercollegiate National Champion.
Upon completing my master’s degree, I furthered my career in wheelchair basketball by accepting an offer to play professionally in France. After completing my time overseas, I moved back to the great city of Mobile, Alabama to fulfill my purpose by helping others like myself and by creating my Nonprofit Organization, AdaptFocus.
AdaptFocus is a Nonprofit Organization whose mission is:
AdaptFocus is dedicated to helping and serving the community in a way that truly makes a difference on our grand vision, “Adapting Forward Without Limitations”.
Contact DeQuel Robinson for more information about the non-profit, AdaptFocus at email@example.com or AdaptFocus.org.
While most of us hope our loved ones will be around to support us when we reach our senior years, this is not the case for many people. Seniors often live far away from their relatives. Even if long-distance loved ones are providing support from afar, these seniors can feel lonely and isolated without people around to provide assistance or offer valuable opportunities for socialization. If you want to give back to your community, reaching out to local seniors is a great way to make a difference in peoples lives. Here are some suggestions from Assured Senior Living.Offer Tech SupportTechnology offers numerous ways for seniors to connect with people and engage in their favorite activities from home. Here are some ways to offer tech support to local seniors.Research and recommend devices that will allow them to navigate the internet easily, like an iPad. Just remember to protect it with a good case!Show them how to order groceries and other essentials online.Teach them how to use video chat services and social media to communicate with long-distance loved ones.Teach them how to use a website to find and connect with former Denver-area high school students they went to school with.Help Out Around the HouseSeniors can have a hard time keeping up with housework. Whether youre good in the kitchen or you have a knack for landscaping, offer to lend a hand!You could even help them hire people to keep their homes neat and tidy. Cook up a batch of freezer-friendly meals that they can pop in the oven for dinner.Offer to help with general home maintenance to repair or spruce up parts of the house.Help them develop healthy morning habits such as light stretching, hydrating, and meditating.Make Aging-in-Place UpgradesAging-in-place can be much easierand saferwith a few basic home upgrades. Offer to help a local senior make home improvements to better meet their needs.Install grab bars in the bathroom and bedroom.Replace doorknobs with lever-style handles.Increase the lighting throughout the home, especially in stairways and dark hallways.Apply non-slip rugs and runners to reduce their fall risk.Reaching out to seniors in your neighborhood is a great way to lend a hand to those who need it. For people aging-in-place without relatives nearby, neighbors and other community members can provide a significant source of assistance and support. Get in touch with a local senior and find ways to help them navigate the challenges of daily life.At Assured Senior Living, our goal is to provide an environment with cutting-edge senior care. For more information, please visit our website or contact us today!
Seniors struggle to stay active due to disabilities, health issues or reduced flexibility. Daily physical activity is critical for one's health. Why is it important for seniors to remain active?Like everyone else, seniors benefit a lot from maintaining active lifestyles. However, reports have found that one in three aging men and one in two aging women do not participate in any physical activity. If your senior loved one is not active, they could be at a higher risk of developing health issues in the future.Here are three ways seniors can remain active:Take daily walksWalking is a good form of cardio. This kind of cardio is low intensity and perfect for seniors. Walking is beneficial for older adults because it helps maintain a healthy weight, strengthen bones, reduce blood pressure and anxiety.Participate in daily activitiesWith many more people spending time alone, it can be tempting for seniors to sit on the couch all day. Moving around the house and doing daily activities helps seniors remain active. They can get into the habit of doing daily chores like cleaning, laundry or cooking.Starting an at-home exercise routineDid you know that exercise helps seniors improve their balance and increases their independence? The first step for seniors to start working out is finding one that accommodates their needs. If a senior has limited mobility, look at a routine they can do while seated. Seniors who have more mobility could also join a Pilates or yoga class online.Editors Note: This article was submitted by Chelsea Carroll with Akkase Home Health Care. Contact her at 402-359-1265 or visit their website at www.akkasehhc.com.
Do you remember the feeling of falling in love?The little sparks when you held hands, or the butterflies you felt in your stomach when you knew you really liked someone. Well, you should know that opportunities for love dont go away just because youre older. Maybe you feel youve run out of thoughtful date ideas, or perhaps you arent even sure what fun activities are available now. At Home Care Associates, we are taking that stress away by sharing a few easy suggestions, thereby helping you and all seniors leave the door open for love.Have a Coffee DateYou might be surprised to know that sometimes a change of scenery can make all the difference! Maybe sitting down for coffee or tea is something you frequently do at home. If so, consider shaking things up by visiting a local coffee shop with your partner. While there, you can both try new drinks and pastries or have fun choosing for each other. Have fun going to a new place and making an ordinary activity feel new and exciting. Make sure to check with the coffee shops ahead of time to learn about senior specials that may be taking place soon.Go on a PicnicOne activity that seniors often enjoy is a picnic on a beautiful day. This date option comes with endless ways to make it perfect. For food, you can opt for a homemade meal and snacks or pick up dishes from a favorite restaurant before heading to your picnic spot.And in mentioning the perfect spot, countless places are excellent for picnicking! For example, is there a beach to sit at nearby thats quiet or a park with a nice walking path? Whether your answer is yes or no, you and your partner will have a wonderful time picnicking in different places around your area. Click here to see where the best picnic spots are in each state so that no matter where you are, this date option is always available.Take a Class TogetherIf you and your partner are more adventurous, you might have fun stepping out of your comfort zones for a date. Trying a new activity as a couple might be just the thing! Helping each other learn something new by taking a class together is a great way to bond and strengthen your connection. Check around your local community and at senior centers for upcoming art or dance classes. Then, if youre feeling brave, enroll yourself and your partner!Live and Love with Home Care Associates Whether you are trying to keep your relationship with a spouse exciting or make connections with new people, being a senior shouldnt make it difficult. Love should be fun no matter how old you are. The best part is its good for you too! The special someone in your life can become a companion, and the relationship you build can strengthen your mental and emotional health. If you know a senior who wants to receive in-home care services from a company that will encourage them to embrace their independence, Home Care Associates is the perfect fit! So, give our team a call today at (205) 206-9594 to learn about our services in Birmingham and Mobile, AL.
AdaptFocus is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate and empower those with Ambulatory (Physical) Disabilities through Athletics, Fitness, and Recreational Programs. AdaptFocus creates an inclusive society within the community that truly benefits all. This organization removes barriers to that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy any and all activities.Donations can be made at: Cashapp: $AdaptFocus or PayPal: AdaptFocus21