PT 360 - May 2020

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CAN EXERCISE JOG YOUR MEMORY?

Shelly Coffman

baking fool because that’s my daughter’s love language — cooking together (and sugar, apparently). Our amazing PT 360 team member Kristi gave me the incredible gift of a clean desk, and not having to manage paper piles is the BEST. PRESENT. EVER. What I came to realize, that I already knew but didn’t think was ever possible to experience, was that removing the static of ALL THE THINGS left quite a lot of peace in the spaces in between. Every member of our PT 360 family brought that extra bit of peace to our work world— anchored, stable, and grounded with all the warmth for each other and our patients flowing forth in all the questionable days. We leaned on each other, we muddled through together, and we gave each other all of the support that 6 feet of distance allowed us. We are a stronger team for it. We are, at our core, helpers. We have helped each other, and it has helped us be able to continue helping our folks whether in the clinic or virtually (which has been a fun newmedium!). Having the space to step back, recalibrate, and reassess what really fills our buckets and helps us fill others’ buckets — that’s a gift at any time, but a high-value gift in a time of uncertainty. My wish for you is that you have had the opportunity to look at the spaces in between and feel the comfort of not automatically filling those spaces, but sitting quietly and filtering down to the things that really matter. It may not be “Tiger King” (I know I’m going to get a little backlash for that one), but the time spent curling up with your loved ones, even virtually, will go in the big bucket. –-Shelly Coffman

Last month’s newsletter topic (written before COVID-19 hit Oregon) seemed a world away. In early April, we received our in-clinic copies with sweet Nova’s face on the front, and of course, I think Nova is an excellent dose of Xanax for anyone who needs it in these anxiety-inducing times. And I reread my article, hoping the tone wasn’t too off- putting for our current life experience. These days of no contact are full of stuff we wish we had (hello grocery store quick trips, the gym, or even more importantly, hugs and jobs), stuff we’re glad we have (family time, sleep, the sun, a roof over our heads, and jobs), and what I am personally currently grateful for: stuff I am now clear that I don’t need. Last month I was talking about being laser-focused on goals and what we can accomplish just given the time and attention. We all are short on time. It’s only gotten worse with the onset of the digital age — always available, always bringing new information, and most importantly, always distracting from our focus. In this time of staying at home, “digital-ness”has most certainly ramped up for most of us. Netflix stopped asking us if we were still watching, because, duh! What I have become so appreciative of is time. Y’all stopped wanting early morning appointments about 10 days into this thing because 10 a.m. became the new 8 a.m. I got to have early morning deep conversations with my daughter while taking leisurely walks with the dog. I started running to the park to keep my lungs and cardiovascular health up, and I love hearing the birds and the quietness of the streets. I became a

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Imagine if you spent a day standing outside your local gym and asking everyone who went in the same question: “Why are you working out today?” What kind of responses do you think you’d get? Some answers, like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to build muscle,” are obvious, but there’s another contender that might rise to the top: “I want to clear my head.” Anecdotally, most of us know that a hard run or a challenging weightlifting session can help declutter our minds and push petty worries and stressors away. But according to one study, it’s possible that exercise can literally clear up messy nerve cells to restore and improve our memories. For the more than 50 million people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, this simple treatment could prove revolutionary. In a 2018 article, Scientific American describes the brains of people with Alzheimer’s as “harsh place[s] filled with buildups of harmful nerve cell junk,” including amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. This complex neural web makes the disease difficult to treat, but an experiment conducted by scientists from Harvard Medical School, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies,

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