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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or AdaptFocus.org.
As individuals advance in age, maintaining an active social life becomes increasingly vital for their overall well-being. Socialization, often overlooked as a crucial component of health, holds profound benefits, particularly for senior citizens. While physical health receives considerable attention, the significance of social engagement cannot be understated, as it positively impacts mental, emotional, and even physical health outcomes. In this article, we delve into the manifold advantages of socialization for senior citizens and underscore its indispensable role in enhancing their quality of life.1. Mental Stimulation and Cognitive HealthEngaging in social activities stimulates cognitive function, promoting mental acuity and preserving cognitive abilities. Regular conversations, intellectual discussions, and participation in group activities challenge the mind, potentially reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Social interaction encourages seniors to stay mentally active, enhancing memory retention, problem-solving skills, and overall cognitive performance.2. Emotional Well-Being and Mood EnhancementSocialization fosters emotional support networks, offering seniors companionship, empathy, and a sense of belonging. Meaningful connections with peers alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation, which are prevalent concerns among older adults. Sharing experiences, laughter, and emotional support with friends and acquaintances create a nurturing environment that bolsters emotional resilience and promotes a positive outlook on life. Moreover, social engagement acts as a buffer against stress, anxiety, and depression, contributing to enhanced emotional well-being.3. Physical Health and LongevitySurprisingly, socialization can have tangible effects on physical health and longevity. Active social lifestyles often correlate with healthier habits, including regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and adherence to medical regimens. Additionally, social networks provide avenues for recreational activities such as dancing, walking groups, or sports, promoting physical fitness and mobility. Studies have shown that socially connected seniors tend to have lower rates of chronic diseases, reduced inflammation, and even enhanced immune function, leading to a longer and healthier life.4. Sense of Purpose and Meaningful EngagementMaintaining social connections gives seniors a sense of purpose and involvement in their communities. Volunteer opportunities, participation in clubs or religious organizations, and mentoring younger generations offer avenues for meaningful engagement. Contributing to society and feeling valued for their knowledge and experiences reaffirm seniors' sense of identity and self-worth. These activities imbue life with purpose beyond retirement, fostering a fulfilling and satisfying lifestyle.5. Cognitive Reserve and ResilienceSocialization contributes to the development of cognitive reservethe brain's ability to withstand neurological damage and age-related decline. By continually engaging in social interactions, seniors build cognitive resilience, enabling them to adapt to challenges and maintain mental agility as they age. The diverse cognitive stimuli provided by social engagement help preserve brain structure and function, mitigating the effects of aging and reducing the risk of cognitive impairment.ConclusionIn conclusion, socialization is not merely a recreational pursuit but an indispensable component of healthy aging for senior citizens. Its multifaceted benefits encompass mental stimulation, emotional support, physical well-being, and a sense of purpose, all of which contribute to an enhanced quality of life. Recognizing the significance of social engagement, communities and caregivers must facilitate opportunities for seniors to connect with others and participate in meaningful activities. By prioritizing socialization, we can empower older adults to lead fulfilling, vibrant lives well into their golden years.
As you age, your future care plans may become a topic of conversation among your family members. Most seniors scoff at the idea of senior living communities. Still, many places that feature personal care services have the potential to renew your sense of purpose and improve your quality of life.Here are five ways personal care communities can help you to live better:Daily Support. A little help goes a long way. With 24-hour personal care services, staff members are available to assist you with dressing, bathing, and grooming. Many senior living communities include light housekeeping, laundry, and maintenance in the rental fee, so youre free to conquer the day on your terms. Safety. A fall-related injury could be detrimental to your health; even a fear of falling can keep you homebound. Personal care communities are designed with mobility challenges in mind, offering fall prevention programs and emergency call systems.Food. Leave the food preparations to the Dining Director. Most communities provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an emphasis on nutrition without sacrificing taste. Special dietary needs are also accommodated.Engagement. Through social, recreational, and educational programs, personal care communities can nurture your physical, mental, and spiritual needs. Senior Commons at Powder Mill in York engages its residents with an array of activities and events designed to foster meaningful relationships. Activities include card games, on-site entertainment, guest speakers, shopping and scenic excursions, devotions and more. Fitness. Personal care communities provide on-site fitness classes like circuit training and yoga to help maintain your strength, mobility, and balance, so you remain as independent as possible.At Senior Commons, residents are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve with a focus on preserving overall wellness through life-enhancing programs and services. To find out if a move to a senior living community is right for you, schedule a tour to meet the staff and residents.Editors Note: This article was contributed by Kelly Golden, marketing director at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, which provides Independent Living, Personal Care, and Memory Care on one campus.
For nearly a decade, people with disabilities have had the option to accumulate savings in a special tax-free account without risking their means-tested public benefits. In 2024, the annual limit on how much money one can deposit into these savings vehicles, known as ABLE accounts, will rise, allowing individuals to add up to $18,000 per year.What Is an ABLE Account?Many people across the disability community rely on such government assistance as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Yet having too many assets to their name can disqualify them from receiving these often critical benefits. For example, in most states, the resource limit to qualify for Medicaid is just $2,000. In 2014, Congress signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law to help address this issue.Individuals with an ABLE account can save up to a total of $100,000, tax-free, while remaining eligible for public assistance programs. Family members, friends, and others can make contributions to the account, too. The disabled person can then use these funds to help maintain their independence by spending them on disability-related expenses, including assistive technologies, education, transportation needs, vacations, legal fees, and health care.Unlike a special needs trust (SNT), an ABLE account can be opened by the individual with the disability. This offers them considerably more control over the account funds compared with an SNT. Starting in 2024, the annual limit on contributions to ABLE accounts will be $18,000, up from $17,000 in 2023. Through the end of 2025, ABLE account owners who work can contribute their employment income to these savings vehicles even beyond the per-year deposit limit. (Learn more about these rules under the ABLE to Work Act.)The idea for these accounts derived from the concept of a 529 college savings plan. Similar to a 529 plan, funds in an ABLE account grow tax-deferred over time. In addition, each state administers its own ABLE account program.To qualify, you must meet the Social Security Administrations strict definition of disabled. You also must have incurred your disability before age 26. (Note that the age cutoff will shift to age 46 come 2026. According to estimates, this age adjustment will result in roughly 6 million more individuals becoming eligible to open these types of savings accounts.)Why Open an ABLE Account?People with disabilities are among those most at risk for financial disaster. According to research, just 10 percent of people of working age who are living with a disability are financially healthy.ABLE Accounts, or 529A accounts, can serve as a form of future financial support for these individuals. Yet the vast majority of those who could benefit from these accounts remain unaware of them. As of 2022, 8 million people were eligible for this type of account, yet a mere 120,000 had one in place.Get Support With ABLE Accounts To learn more about setting up this type of savings account, consult with Ashley Day Special Needs & Elderly Law at 251-277-3377.
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