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Courtesy of, May 24, 2018

White sand beaches, turquoise waters, mouth-watering food, and glorious sunshine. These are all hallmarks of Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya and the nearby resort city of Cancun on the Yucatán Peninsula. Unfortunately, one term that isn’t often associated with these locations is wheelchair accessibility. While Mexico has no laws comparable to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), more and more beachside hotels and all-inclusive resorts are recognizing the market demand of wheelchair users who want to enjoy the Mexican sunshine like everyone else.

In my capacity as an accessible travel agent, I traveled to Cancun and Playa del Carmen in late May 2018 to conduct site inspections of 10 all-inclusive resorts (five in each area). My inspections focused on the wheelchair accessibility of the designated guest rooms, public areas and restaurants, pool areas, and beach access. I have separated the resorts into two categories: Mostly Accessible and Partially Accessible.

Mostly Accessible: Because there is no ADA-type law in Mexico, there wasn’t a single resort I inspected that would 100 percent meet ADA requirements. However, there were five that met a considerable number of them, with only a few minor deviations or shortcomings. Examples include things like grab bars placed in not-ideal locations, steep ramps, lack of flat-entry beach access, or no roll-under sink (i.e. only one of each). The resorts I placed in this category can be enjoyed (in my opinion) by the vast majority of wheelchair users who can be just a bit flexible and/or accept the willing assistance of resort employees.

Partially Accessible. These are resorts that get one major part right with regards to accessibility and the other major part “wrong.” For example, some resorts have amazing wheelchair accessibility across the property, to include paved beach access or mats, pool lifts, and accessible beachside toilets. Yet, the same resort won’t have a single fully accessible guest room. In other resorts, the rooms are perfectly accessible, but guests can’t access several parts of the property. I’ve chosen to list these anyway because many mobility aid users can still walk a few steps and use non-accessible rooms or bathrooms, and can take advantage of these resorts even with their accessibility limitations.

Before reviewing the resort descriptions, please take a look at this brief video compilation of the five resorts designated as Mostly Accessible. It will help you better understand the summaries below with an image in your head – and will get you excited to visit Mexico!

New Medicare App Tells Users What’s Covered

Monday, February 4, 2019 @ 12:02 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Courtesy of Dena Bunis, AARP, January 28, 2019

Tips for Maintaining a Good Stoma Seal

Monday, January 7, 2019 @ 12:01 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Courtesy of ConvaTec

It’s that time of year again – lower temperatures have everyone bundling up and dreaming of snowy days.

This also means homes are closed up trying to keep the heat from getting out. Unfortunately, other things such as dust, pet hair and other tiny particles can’t get out either. This may affect the seal around your stoma.

Here are a couple of tips to help you maintain a good seal:

Aim to Minimize Leaks

It’s important to get the best seal you can to help prevent leakage. There are several different types of pouching systems and skin barrier options available – find the combination that works for you. See help from an ostomy nurse if you need assistance. Don’t settle for anything less.

Get in a Good Routine

You shouldn’t wait for a leak to occur before changing your pouch. This will damage your skin and cause irritation, which can make it harder to achieve a good seal going forward. Make sure you are properly applying your pouch and change it at the appropriate intervals.

Stay Physically Active

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @ 02:01 PM  posted by jbuytaert

From the Alzheimer’s Association

Physical activity is a valuable part of any overall body wellness plan and is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline. If it’s safe for you, engage in cardiovascular exercise to elevate your heart rate. This will increase the blood flow to your brain and body, providing additional nourishment while reducing potential dementia risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.

Physical activities

Consider physical activities that may also be mentally or socially engaging, such as walking with a friend, taking a dance class, joining an exercise group or golfing. Incorporate activity that you enjoy so you will continue to engage in it. For example, bike riding, gardening or walking the dog. Adopting healthy exercise habits today will allow you to enjoy the lifelong benefits of regular physical activity. However, it’s never too late to start — making healthy choices at any age is beneficial to your well-being. Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

Take care of your health

Keep your heart healthy to help keep your brain healthy. Growing evidence suggests that many factors that increase the risk of heart disease also may increase the risk of dementia. These factors include smoking, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

  • Visit your doctor regularly.
  • Get your “numbers” checked, including weight, blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Actively seek treatment to keep yourself within healthy ranges.
  • If you have diabetes, manage it properly.
  • Stop smoking. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
  • Take action to minimize stress. Studies have found that regular physical activity decreases stress, increases your ability to manage stress and leads to better mood overall.
  • Get enough sleep. Inadequate sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea can result in problems with memory and thinking.
  • Avoid excess alcohol.
  • Seek professional assistance to address anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns.