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ON THE MOVE
A T I M E FOR CHANGE We’re always looking for new ways to wow our patients. When I launched this newsletter a year ago, the goal was simple — I wanted to keep in touch! This way, I could let you know what was going on with me and my family, as well as the Super Team and the clinic. Over time, I received some great feedback from you, our readers. That’s why I’m happy to present you with The Physical Therapy Doctor’s new and improved newsletter! We’ve stepped up our efforts to give you quality content. Inside, you’ll find great advice on exercise, recipes, events here at the clinic, and much more! But don’t let the new look fool you. This is still very much our newsletter. I’ll be keeping in touch with you monthly right here on the cover.
New Look, Same Great Newsletter
As this time of year reminds us, things must change in order to flourish. The onset of spring seemed to be the perfect time to launch this newsletter. As
green shoots return to the trees and nature renews herself, we too are revitalizing our personal connection with you. In a lot of ways, this represents a return to my roots.
“As green shoots return to the trees and nature renews herself, we too are revitalizing our personal connection with you.”
One-on-one conversations are what I miss most about my early career. As a young therapist 14 years ago, it was easy to build those meaningful friendships with clients. I’m
In my day, we had pickup games in the school yard. It was scrappy and disorganized and no referees. If you wanted to play better or play at all, then you had to beat the older kids to stay on the court. When we did play in CYO or
happy with the way my practice has grown, since we get to help more people than ever before. But part of me will always be nostalgic for those heady days of practicing on my own. That’s why I want this to be a dialogue. Even though I may not work with you directly, I want my patients to know they can always reach out for a chat. I’d love to know how you and your loved ones are doing and how your therapy is progressing. Your success stories never fail to energize me. I have a feeling I’ll need it this month! March is always hectic at the Morea household. The boys’ basketball and soccer leagues will be starting up soon, and I’ll be driving them up and down town all month. Getting a chance to play on a traveling team is a great experience for them. It’s all very organized and official — nothing like when I was a kid.
PAL leagues, I remember the uniforms being washed at the end of the season and passed on to next year’s players. But at least we didn’t have to travel so much to find good competition — the older players were more than enough to handle. Sometimes, if you lost, you had to wait an hour to get into another game! That made us play harder so we could keep in, and not have to sit out. It was a lot of fun though, and good memories for me. As the weather gets a little warmer, the staff and I will be on the lookout for potential walkathons to get involved in. We always love supporting our local charities, and participating in one of these walks is the ideal way to do some good and enjoy the spring weather. If you’d like to get involved, keep an eye on this space. We’d love to have you out walking with us!
Here’s to a great spring!
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G R A Y M A T T E R S
Everyone faces the prospect of growing older. When it comes to aging, people’s primary concerns include aches, pains, and changes to their physical appearance. But perhaps even more important is mental health. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your mind sharp as you age so you can enjoy your retirement. EXERCISE Working out is inextricably tied to wellness in all its forms. A simple, light workout now and then not only maintains physical health, but it also boosts your mental well-being. A 5-mile walk once per week can increase brain volume and prevent mental diseases, including Alzheimer’s. It’s no wonder exercise is the go-to solution for maintaining wellness. LEARN NEW HOBBIES Do you want to reduce memory loss by 40–50 percent? Dan Buettner, a researcher and best-selling author on studies about happiness and longevity, suggests learning a new hobby. Whether you learn to knit, paint, or discover a
new board game, you’ll enjoy improved mental health. Get your hands moving, and your mind will surely follow. (Note: Watching TV as a hobby doesn’t count! People who regularly watch TV may suffer up to 50 percent memory loss.) SOCIALIZE If you want to maintain mental health, make socializing a priority. Having an active social life increases your resistance to mental diseases and improves your mood. Furthermore, a healthy social network of friends and family (and we’re not talking Facebook here) helps give you a support system to fall back
on when times get tough. TAKE A BREAK
Take a step back from your everyday life and enjoy the small things. Set aside time to sit down with a good book or another activity you enjoy. While on that 5-mile walk, why not take a few moments to slow down your pace and look at the world around you? As the famous saying goes, “Stop and smell the roses.”
T E S T IMON I AL S
Hear What Our Clients Are Saying!
“I could not bear the pain in both knees and calves, but now I am 100 percent better. My therapist Mel helped me a lot. I really appreciate his efforts.” –Violette D.
“I now feel 95 percent better! Before physical therapy, I could not do much of anything. Now I am ready to get back to golf, tennis, biking, and skiing — all of the activities that I love! My experience with everyone was great. I had a lot of questions about what to expect in terms of timeframes, and Jenove was very helpful in answering all of my questions.” “Before I came to The Physical Therapy Doctor in Bayside, I suffered from back pain, had weak legs, and had trouble walking even half a block. Now, I am able to walk, run, and jump! I feel 95 percent better, and I even danced all night at my grandson’s wedding. The best thing I ever did was come here! Thanks to Dr. Robert, this was all done in three months!” –Florence H. –Jim M.
“Robert Morea is my HERO! Before Robert’s kind and capable treatments, I couldn’t walk half a block without complaining and stopping to straighten out my back (wiping the tears away). Now I’m active, walking many blocks; in fact, I walked a terminal at JFK. Okay, it was a small terminal, LOL. I’m now doing dance fitness exercise and tai chi. Seriously, no kidding! Robert and his wonderful staff have been at the foundation of it all. They were always positive and motivating — and, voila, I’m enlivened, living a great life!” –Marcia Levitt “I can walk now without the fear of falling. As I walk, I think how lucky I am to have met Robert Morea. I thank him for being so capable at his job. I will recommend him highly!” –Laurette Newman
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MALL WALKING RULES
A Safe and Healthy Place to Exercise
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Walking is great exercise because it’s safe, low intensity, and effective. A study from Diabetes Care found that patients with prediabetes who walk for 30 minutes per day are at a significantly lower risk of developing the condition. Regular walking has also been linked to a decreased chance of stroke, heart disease, and even some cancers. Given how beneficial walking is to overall health, it’s a shame that so few of us live in walking-friendly areas. Smooth, level sidewalks are hard to come by. Local parks are a great option, but not when it’s winter or the weather is poor. If you want to get all the benefits of walking without having to brave the cold or rain, the nearest shopping mall is a fantastic alternative. You’ve likely heard of mall walking, and there are reasons why it’s so popular. Malls are safe, public spaces where you can walk freely and without much competing foot traffic. They are well-lit, climate controlled, and comfortable. The even surfaces and maintained floors are great for people who don’t want to deal with a lack of traction or steep inclines. Malls also feature plenty of amenities, like free water and benches for when you need to take a break. Mall walking is so popular, in fact, that the vast majority of malls open their doors well before the stores inside are ready for business. These times are ideal if you only want to share the mall with other walkers, as opposed to shoppers. Some malls also have dedicated walking groups, with circuits and regular meeting times. In a place like this, you can socialize while you exercise. Everyone could stand to walk a little more. If you want to get to stepping but are nervous about the great outdoors, give mall walking a shot. We’re guessing you’ll be hooked after a lap or two.
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3 pounds potatoes
1 pound cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces
2 sticks butter
1 1/4 cups hot milk
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4 scallions, finely chopped
1 head cabbage, cored and shredded
Parsley, for garnish
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Steam potatoes for 30 minutes. Peel skins and mash flesh thoroughly. 2. Chop 1 stick of butter into small cubes and add to warm potatoes. Once melted, slowly add milk, stirring constantly.
3. Boil cabbage in water. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to tenderize. 4. Add cabbage, bacon, and scallions to mashed potatoes, gently stirring to combine. 5. Serve garnished with parsley and a pat of butter.
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INSIDE Spring Renewal
4 Tips for Mental Acuity Hear From Our Clients Try This Recipe! Where to Walk Safely, for Free Amelia Earhart’s Legacy
There are plenty of figures worthy of remembrance during Women’s History Month. From literary pioneers like Mary Shelley and Emily Dickinson to civil rights heroes like Rosa Parks and Daisy Bates, inspiring legacies abound. But few of those women’s stories end with a question mark. To this day, the story of famed pilot and women’s rights advocate Amelia Earhart remains shrouded in the clouds. Her life was defined by a rare combination of curiosity, conviction, and courage. Earhart became a nurse during the Great War, taught aeronautical engineering at Purdue, and was an avid feminist in the post-suffrage era. On top of these accomplishments, Earhart became the famous aviator we remember today. Since her twin-engine Lockheed Electra disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during the last leg of her historic 1937 flight around the world, the Earhart legacy has been defined by mystery. For decades, historians and enthusiasts have batted around theories about the fate of the intrepid pilot. Just last summer, on the 80th anniversary of her disappearance, a History Channel documentary claimed to have found the truth. The TV documentary “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence” made a media splash when investigators claimed to have uncovered a photograph of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, alive in the Marshall Islands. UP IN THE AIR
The Legacy of Amelia Earhart
According to their narrative, Earhart and Noonan survived an emergency landing in the Japanese-occupied islands, only to languish as prisoners of war. Cold water was poured on this theory shortly after. A copy of the same photograph was found in the Japanese National Archives with the date 1935, which was two years too early for the photo’s subjects to be Earhart and Noonan. People’s enthusiasm to solve the mystery of Earhart’s disappearance will persist for years to come. But this month, as we celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history, it’s important that we set aside the mystery of Earhart’s death to honor her vibrant life. She blazed a trail for women in science, aviation, and beyond, leaving a legacy as boundless as the sky.
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