Star: Don't Fight Alzheimer's Alone

August, 2017 NEWSLETTER

MIGUEL A. LARREA, PT, DPT, SFMA Welcome Our New Clinic Director

Miguel attended Southeastern Louisiana University and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science. He then went on to complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Studies in St. Augustine, FL. Dr. Larrea has previous experience as a strength and conditioning coach, and spent 12 years in the Army Reserves as an Air Assault Combat Medic. With additional experiences in neuro/inpatient settings, Dr. Larrea specializes in sports, orthopedics, and manual rehab. His goal is to get you to move better to feel better and get you strong to stay strong. Miguel also works for the Alzheimer’s Program at STAR Physical Therapy. We have developed a comprehensive 12-week program that incorporates the types of exercise and cognitive interventions that research has shown may be effective in slowing the progression of symptoms of Alzheimer’s. It is covered by insurance in nearly all cases. Our Alzheimer’s Program includes: 1. Complete Assessment. This includes Balance, Agility, Strength, Cognitive Function, Physical Fitness and Mood. 2. Treatment that includes developing strength, balance, aerobic condition, coordination and agility.

3. Treatment of any physical impairments that may interfere with daily function. 4. Cognitive Training and Social sessions to help to stimulate different types of mental activity. 5. Comprehensive Reassessments with reports to your physician.


August, 2017

“You Don’t Have to Fight Alzheimer’s Alone!”



Alzheimer’s & Physical Therapy with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT

live longer, happier, healthier lives, and there have been severalbreakthroughs inrecentyearsthatare incredibly encouraging. One such breakthrough is the realization thatbeingactiveandengaging intargetedexercisescan often delay the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. ExerciseisbelievedtohelpAlzheimer’sinthefollowing ways: • Exercise can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s for those who are exhibiting early symptoms, as well as reduce the risk of developing the disease for those who have a strong genetic predisposition to the condition. • Regular exercise is shown to improve cognition skills, improvingmemory,reasoning, judgementandgeneralized thinking skills. • Exercise improves balance and coordination, which reducestheriskof injuryfromafallandtherebyreduces risk of inhibited mobility. To start seeing these benefits, you want to aim for between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise at least five days of the week. However, if you’ve never been one to exercise much in the past, then you want to make sure thatyouaregettingtheguidanceyouneedto learnhow togetstarted.Workingwithaphysicaltherapistcanhelp you learn idealtechniquesandtargetedexercisesthatcan help you be healthier, more active, and better equipped totakeonanAlzheimer’sdiagnosiswithoutrollingover.

• Physical Therapy & Alzheimer’s • Healthy Recipe • Grand Opening • Patient Success Spotlight

Dear Valued Client,

Exercise isgoodforyourhealth, regardless of age, personal fitness condition, or athletic background. The benefits of

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exerciseareseeminglyendless,supportingoptimalheart health,reducingyourriskofdevelopingtype-2diabetes, and even reducing your risk of memory loss. In some cases,targetedexerciseandphysicaltherapycanactually delaytheonsetofAlzheimer’sdisease, improvingquality of life and longevity. FacinganAlzheimer’sDiagnosiswithyourSneakersOn When you are faced with an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, the absolute worst thing that you can do is give up. Alzheimer’s is rough on the entire family. The prognosis of memory loss and difficulty with cognition is hard to fathom if you’ve never watched it happen in a loved one. There isnocureforAlzheimer’s,butthatdoesnotmean there is no hope. A lot of research and attention has been put into helping people with Alzheimer’s disease

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How Physical Therapy Supports Alzheimer’s disease Workingwithaphysicaltherapist isasmartchoice when you are facing Alzheimer’s. As part of a targetedprogramthat isdesignedto introducethe bestexercisepracticestosupportoptimalcognition, youwill learnaseriesofexercises,helpful lifestyle strategies, and get the encouragement you need to be successful with your workout plan. Your physical therapist will help you: • Develop strength • Improve balance • Monitor and improve heart health via aerobic conditioning • Increase coordination and agility Physical therapy helps to stave off Alzheimer’s by combining target exercises and physical activity with cognitive training and socialization. By participating in our 12-week program, you will

learnhowtoexercise inawaythatsupportswhole- body wellness. By staying active, exercising your mind and body, managing stress and doing your best to live an overall healthy lifestyle, you will put yourself in the best position possible to put off the advancement of Alzheimer’s and enjoy life for years to come. Don’t attempt to fight Alzheimer’s on your own. Getting involved in a prevention program can pair you with the skills and support you need to stay healthy. Contact us for more information. References: alzheimers-disease/expert-answers/alzheimers- disease/faq-20057881 preventing-alzheimers-disease/search- alzheimers-prevention-strategies

Healthy Recipe

Skillet Chicken & Parmesan Paella INGREDIENTS • 4 teaspoons canola oil

• 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 garlic, minced • 1 14 1/2 ounce can no-salt- added stewed tomatoes • 3/4 cup peas • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

• 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper • 1/8 teaspoon ground saffron/ ground turmeric • 2 cups cooked brown rice • 6 ounces peeled shrimp

• 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size strips • 1 small red sweet pepper, cut into bite-size strips • 1 small green sweet pepper, cut into bite-size strips

DIRECTIONS Ina largeskilletheathalfoftheoil.Cookchickenstrips in hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from skillet. Set aside. Add remaining half of the oil to the skillet. Add sweet pepper, onion, and garlic; cook and stir until peppers and onion are tender. Add undrained stewed

tomatoes, frozen peas, oregano, paprika, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and saffron or turmeric. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the brown rice, shrimp, and cooked chicken. Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through. Makes 4 servings (1-1/2 cups each).

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Direct Access At STAR Physical Therapy Direct access saves you time by allowing you to come to us directly, without a doctor referral and see our therapists at STAR Physical Therapy. We can treat you without expensive tests. Therapy is a low cost value packed healthcare service. We start youonaprogram that’sperfect just foryouandbegin treatingyou right away. No wait, no hassle, with less out of pocket expenses. The following are just a few ways that physical therapy can help you: • Improve strength and flexibility • Increase your energy level to keep up with your kids • Up your game and stay healthy doing it • Avoid costly medication, painful injections or unnecessary surgery • Just flat out feel better everyday We would love to show YOU what our patients already know! Call STAR Physical Therapy and schedule your appointment today!

Patient Success Spotlight

Hear What Our Patients Have to Say! “The best physical therapy experience I could ask for!” Success Story: Madeline M. “STAR Physical Therapy is the BEST physical therapy center I have ever been to. Not only were the therapists helpful, but you could tell that they actually cared about you as a person. They were aggressive towards my healing. It was their number one priority to help me feel better. Another great thing about STAR was that I was never alone. A technician was always by my side so I knew that if anything happened, I would always be safe. Everyone at STAR was extremely friendly. Every technician, therapist, and receptionist knew me by name and would ask me how I was feeling, even if I was not their patient for the day. At STAR PhysicalTherapy, I felt like I was a part of their team. Everyone was so positive every step of the way. They were genuinely concerned about getting my knee better. I highly recommend going to STAR for any of your physical therapy needs. I walked through the doors barely hobbling in, and I left walking strongly and proudly with a healed knee, a positive attitude and the best physical therapy experience I could ask for!”

NEW ADDITIONAL CLINIC AT LACOMBE With the departure of LHH, the residents of Lacombe have felt theeffectsof losing aqualityhealthcareprovider in their community. So we are pleased to announce the opening of our newest clinic on July 17th.

Grand Opening


We congratulate Miguel Larrea,DPTforhispromotion to Clinic Director of this location!

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