Aging In Place Specialists September 2017

www. ag ing inpl acede. com Phone : (302) 444-8318 SEPTEMBER 2017



Kathryn Cieniewicz


When I was little I wanted to be a doctor because I wanted to “fix” people. I became a physical therapist instead, and every day it is my job to make people feel better. It makes for a purpose-rich life to watch my patients learn, work hard, and start to do things they haven’t been able to do in a while. In the beginning, they look at me and say, “We’re going to be doing what? You think I can really do that?” I encourage endlessly. I smile, saying, “I’m really looking forward to helping you!” We start the program and slowly the transformation begins — from weak to strong, from tired to energetic, from unsteady to balanced, from painful to pain-free, from stiff to mobile. Then it happens. The light turns on. I see it in my patients’ eyes. They realize YES — I CAN do this. YES — I CAN get better. They are suddenly all-in. What a moment! Not only have they become a believer in Physical Therapy, but more importantly, a believer in themselves. That’s my favorite part of doing what I do. It never gets old. Hope is a

DRINK YOUR VITAMINS! The World of Health Beverages

It wasn’t too long ago that the only beverages in the grocery store were a bevy of sodas, sugary “fruit” drinks, and juices made from concentrate. But as Americans have grown more concerned with healthy eating, the drink cases have exploded with healthier options. More and more people are turning to health drinks as an alternative, and scientific findings only encourage the trend. Regardless of your palette, there’s a healthy beverage out there for you. THE DANGERS OF SODA According to Barry Popkin, Ph.D. and director of the University of North Carolina Interdisciplinary Obesity Program, consumers sometimes overlook the risks inherent in cans of soda. “Many people either forget or don’t realize how many extra calories they consume in what they drink,” Popkin states, “yet beverages are a major contributor to the alarming increase in obesity.” Soda, which is little more than water, sugar, and acid, is the textbook example of empty calories. According to a study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, beverages make up 21 percent of the total daily calories taken in by Americans over the age of 2 — an alarming statistic. With a seemingly infinite advertising budget, soft drink manufacturers don’t make it easy to avoid these beverages. Products like Hawaiian Punch label themselves as “fruit drinks,” but they usually contain little more than a tiny fraction of juice. Luckily, shoppers are wising up to the risks in these bottles. If you’re trying to ween yourself off soda, switching to diet is a good option. While many claim that aspartame (the sweetener in most diet sodas) is worse for you than high fructose corn syrup, most scientists disagree. Try replacing one soda a day with diet, and gradually decreasing the number of sugared sodas you drink from there. THE JUICE REVOLUTION Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables provide huge health benefits, but not everyone has the time to prepare whole foods daily. Enter the juicing phenomenon. The

beautiful thing, and what an honor it is to have a small part in uncovering it.

- Kathryn

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