For me quality of life has improved greatly with the power chair. My energy stays high enough to work and not just collapse when I get home. Don't get me wrong I get out of the chair every chance I get. If I only need to cover short distances I walk with a cane. I often cover 5 or more miles going from classroom to classroom and checking the 3 playgrounds we have. I used to relish in that because I never gained weight. I am not aging now in fact I have lost 10 lbs since starting use of the chair. I thank my doc because I can probably work for several more years now.
We all need to do what we can to achieve the best quality of life we can, this works well for me at least.
I am glad to hear that you have found a way to to keep active in your comunity. I think we all strugle to find a happy medium with this. I think it is great that you get out of the chair whenever you can. I do the same thing. I hate waking up knowing I will be in the same chair for the entire day. I transfer to the sofa or my favorite wing chair when ever posible. Even when I go out I try to get out of the chair. I get up on bar stools and most chairs without to much effort. Booths are a little more chalenging.
Thanks again for you insight.