Friendly Wheels Archive

Enjoying the Ride

Friendly Wheels, Issue 36
Febuary 2011

Featuring Amigo Owner Richard Blake

Richard BlakeAn avid Harley enthusiast, former bike racer, and owner of a two-wheeler and a Trike, annual events on Amigo owner Richard Blake's calendar include the Sturgis rally, Americade in Lake George, Bike Week and Biketoberfest in Daytona, and an antique motorcycle show.

As a veteran, his Korean combat experience left him with frostbitten feet resulting in total numbness of his feet and legs. Richard says, "I am able to participate fully in these activities now. The Amigo Front Drive allows me to remain mobile up to six or seven hours a day at bike events across the country."



Positively Add Years to Your Life

Friendly Wheels, Issue 35
January 2011

By: Dr. Daniel Kehresalt

Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? Those who see the glass as half full may be adding years to their life.

Do Positive People Live Longer?
was a question posed recently in the Huffington Post. Reporter David Hamilton Ph.D. says "a host of exciting research has shown that attitude affects our health - so much so, in fact, that a positive attitude can add years to our lives."

Making Holiday Shopping Easier

Friendly Wheels, Issue 34
December 2010

By: Shelley Peterman Schwarz (30 year Amigo owner)


Shelley P. SchwarzHaving multiple sclerosis (MS) for 30 years has given me many opportunities to learn shortcuts that make my life easier. Here are a few of the tips and techniques I use to save time and energy so I am able to enjoy the holidays. (But don't add to your stress by thinking you have to try all of them!)

GIVE GIFT CERTIFICATES: Try gift certificates from specialty stores or sporting good suppliers, for instance. Can't buy them online? Go to a shopping mall where they're good for any store. Most big-box stores also offer gift cards to put toward the cost of a higher-priced item.


Keep a Song in Your Heart

Friendly Wheels, Issue 31
September 2010

Featuring Amigo owner Phillippa Eckert

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Retired residents at Fleet Landing in Atlantic Beach, Fla. are enjoying a musical treat these days. Amigo owner Phillippa Eckert is tickling those ivories along with a few other musicians. The volunteer band performed at Fleet Landing's Summer Follies program to a crowd of residents who gave them a standing ovation!

At eighty-four years young, Phillippa is experiencing the effects of post-polio syndrome. Now, only able to stand "just under a minute," she has three Amigos. As a tax preparer in 1993, her first Amigo served as her desk chair. By 2000, Phillippa's physician recommended the compact Amigo RT Express to use inside her home. In 2007, the Amigo RD took her "outside" and, today, she is fully independent and happily mobile.

Accessible Homes by Lowe's

Friendly Wheels, Issue 30
August 2010

Lowe's Universal DesignBarb, an Amigo owner, and her husband, Larry, both use mobility aids. A recent article, "Universal Appeal," in Lowe's Creative Ideas' May/June 2010 issue, their living arrangements in the home of son, Curtis, and his family are featured. Using the principles of Universal Design (UD), Lowe's Creative Ideas team designed an accessible home addition complete with kitchen, bath, bedroom, and living room for a multi-generational household.

Universal Design is the structuring of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. (Courtesy of the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University.)


News Flash

Vacationing with Amigos and DIY Battery Replacement

Vacationing with Amigos and DIY Battery Replacement

Friendly Wheels, Issue 117

February 2018

Take a trip with a TravelMate! Sister-in-laws, Gale and Linda, did just that. They each rented an Amigo TravelMate for their trip to Sea World Orlando.

Inspiring Students and Amigo Celebrates 50 Years

Inspiring Students and Amigo Celebrates 50 Years

Friendly Wheels, Issue 116

January 2018

Janice "Jani" Lynch, teacher and Amigo owner, shares how her Amigo has helped her continue her career. And... 2018 marks Amigo Mobility's 50th Anniversary!

Art with Impact and Holiday Travel Tips

Art with Impact and Holiday Travel Tips

Friendly Wheels, Issue 115

December 2017

Troy Parker, digital artist and longtime Amigo owner, shares his inspiration for his artwork, and holiday travel tips are shared.

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