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All Hands on Deck Coming Together to Save a Family Landmark
My in-laws live near Grand Forks, North Dakota. If that wasn’t remote enough for your tastes, they also have a lake house at Island Lake in Minnesota. Bemidji, the largest “city” near the lake house, has a population of just over 10,000. The entirety of Beltrami County, where the house is located, is about one-third the land area of the entire state of Massachusetts and has a total population under 50,000. Needless to say, we’re talking about a place far removed from many of the creature comforts of 2019. When we travel to the lake house, we first take a flight to Minneapolis, followed by a 3 1/2-hour drive northwest to Island Lake. Getting to the house requires a good bit of effort. That’s not a big deal when it comes to family vacations, but it does make maintaining the cabin quite a chore. Most construction companies aren’t too keen on bringing equipment to the middle of nowhere for relatively small projects. But the house itself is getting up there in years and needs some serious attention. Therein, as they say, lies the rub. My in-laws built the cabin themselves in the ‘60s and are very independent people. As a result, repairs to the house over the years have been scattershot. The support beams and stringers rot over time. When they do, the normal fix is to get under the house, pull some new wood in, and attach it to what’s already there. Eventually, though, those new boards get infected by the old ones and develop rot themselves. It’s not a sustainable solution. The house was getting too far gone in terms of the work needed. This year, we finally decided to do something about it. “Why don’t we just go out there and do it ourselves?” my husband, Ken, suggested earlier this year. His sister and two brothers thought it was a long shot because his parents were never going to agree to us coming in there and getting the job done. But when my mother-in-law called us saying our yearly fall trip to the lake may not be in the cards this year, we realized it was the perfect opportunity to offer our services. Ken’s always been very handy, and my son, Ethan, does site work with construction equipment, so we’ve always had the skills to get the job done. All we needed was permission. Once we got it, we set plans in motion to head to the lake house as a family to get the cabin in tiptop shape. It wasn’t the most relaxing trip in the world, but it was incredibly rewarding. The younger generation got to show their grandparents how much they care about the house and how equipped they are to be responsible stewards of the property. We all came
together to show our love and appreciation for a very significant place in our family history. It’s a house we hope to enjoy for decades to come, and it means so much to be a part of the team making that goal a reality. The trip to repair the lake house was more than the chance to give the place some much needed TLC. It brought us all together in service of a common goal. It made us realize just how special Island Lake is and how much we all care about it. That’s more than worth the bumps and bruises.
– Dr. Stacey Raybuck Schatz
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Stay Toned by LiftingWeights at Home
The Anti-Aging Benefits of Free Weights
You don’t have to join a gym to reap the benefits though; just pick up a set of free weights and a resistance band and research how to safely use them in your own home. Bodybuilding.com recommends designing a workout routine that includes one or two exercises for each
In her best-selling lifestyle guide “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” Mireille Guiliano advises women in their 50s to invest in a set of free weights — nothing too heavy, perhaps 3–5 pounds — in order to maintain their toned, youthful appearance and range of motion. She notes that lifting weights isn’t entirely necessary during your 20s and 30s, but it’s essential to maintain muscle tone and bone density in your later years. Though Guiliano’s evidence is anecdotal, the science confirms that lifting weights can be an indispensable aid to healthy aging for both men and women. A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information recommends strength training 2–3 times per week to lower your risk of health problems and preserve bone density, independence, and vitality. According to WebMD, “Muscle loss is one of the main reasons people feel less energetic as they get older. When you lift weights, work out on machines, use resistance bands, or do exercises with your own body weight (like pushups and situps), you build strength, muscle mass, and flexibility.”
of the major muscle groups: legs, back, shoulders, arms, chest, and abs. Try 8–10 repetitions per set, but don’t push yourself to use heavy weights. Even options that are 10 pounds or less should be enough to keep you chasing after your grandchildren for years to come. One public figure who has taken the weightlifting creed to heart is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The documentary “RBG” shows the 86-year-old judge at the gym, pumping lightweight iron with her personal trainer, and she even walked spring chicken Stephen Colbert through her routine on “The Late Show.” Ginsburg has called her trainer “the most important person” in her life apart from her family, which is a
ringing endorsement for lifting weights if ever there was one.
of the Month
MICHAEL CATALANO BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
“The cleft lip and palate program at Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the largest treatment centers in the country, caring for nearly 600 infants, children, and adolescents every year. My granddaughter, Noelle, is 7 months old and was born with a cleft soft palate. She will be going in for surgery at just 9 months old in October 2019 at Boston Children’s Hospital. This donation is just one way I would like to show my support for the many dedicated professionals in the cleft lip and palate program there.” –Michael
Michael was our choice for patient of the month because of his great recovery and his great attitude during the process. Michael was a joy to work with, and we are happy he is feeling better. Although, we will miss working with him. Hopefully, the next time we see him, it is on the golf course.
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Whether fixing up a lake house or building a better community, we’re more powerful as a team! Over the past three years, Professional Physical Therapy has donated $6,000 to patient- chosen charities through our patient of the month program. Each month, we select a staff- nominated patient of the month, who chooses a charity near and dear to them, and we send $100 to the charity in their name. We also adopt families through The Santa Foundation each year and contribute to staff-selected charities, such as the Gastric Cancer Foundation.
CHARITIES WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO HELP: • American Red Cross • Boston Children’s Hospital • Franklin Food Pantry
• MSPCA • National MS Society • Random Smile Project • Wounded Warrior Project • And many more
• The Jimmy Fund • The Michael J. Fox Foundation
With our patients of the month, we’ve been able to help causes near and dear to their hearts. We look forward to many more months contributing to these worthy efforts. Thank you to all of our patients, both those who’ve been selected and those who will be soon!
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Your BrainWants to Boogie
Why Music Is Good for Your Mind
The connection between memory and music is one where hard science supports basic human intuition. Has a song ever made you snap back to a perfectly crystalized moment from the past? If so, you’ve already felt the powerful link between music and our personal histories. PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE Studies have shown that those who work out while listening to music can perform at higher levels for longer periods of time. Research has also demonstrated that listening to music you enjoy can improve results on standardized tests and spatial-reasoning exercises. In both cases, it’s important that you listen to music you actually like. The “Mozart effect” won’t work if you find Mozart’s music annoying. CULTURAL AWARENESS Aside from food, it’s hard to think of a medium that says more about a culture than its music. Listening to the music of Fela Kuti, say, can inspire you to learn about the politics of Nigeria in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Because of its ability to transcend time, space, and language, music brings us together like little else.
In his bestselling book “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain,” famed neurologist Oliver Sacks details just how important music is to the experience of being human. “I have found music continually forcing itself on my attention,” he writes, “showing me its effects in nearly every aspect of brain function — and life.” You don’t have to be able to read or play music to receive the brain- boosting benefits, either; simply listening to music can promote a number of useful cognitive functions. That’s especially good news considering how joyous listening to music can be. Whether we’re quietly contemplating some jazz on our headphones, throwing on a playlist of “lo-fi beats to study to,” or dancing the night away to disco, our favorite tunes animate our lives. Beyond simply making our days more pleasurable, here are a few ways music enhances our inner lives. MEMORY FUNCTION “Music can definitely support the recall and even formation of memories,” says Frank A. Russo, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Ryerson University. “Enjoyable music may lead to dopamine release in the mesolimbic [reward] pathway, which may, in turn, support the formation of associations, and, ultimately, memories.”
“They made rehab fun! I came in to the clinic with shoulder pain. Sleeping was a problem, as well as putting on clothes, to the point that I decided to have surgery, which was a tough decision. However, my mobility was a lot better, and the pain subsided. My experience was great. After surgery, the real struggle began. The crew here worked as a team to get me back to normal. I haven’t felt this pain-free in several years. Thank you all at PPT! You are the best!”
Paleo Breakfast Casserole This easy-to-make, protein-packed casserole is a killer way to start the day, and it’s easy to make in bulk and reheat. Make it on Sunday and enjoy healthy breakfasts throughout the week.
2 cups spinach
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1/2 cup onion, diced 1 red pepper, diced 2 strips bacon, cut into squares 1 large sweet potato, spiralized or grated 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth (optional: substitute with water)
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1 tsp paprika
“I have had the best PT trainers ever. I started out with a lot of pain, and now I’m doing 20 miles on the bike again. My ankle was very stiff and painful. Now, I’m doing better, and the staff keeps me on task each time. I came to my sessions without a doubt that I had the best team ever for physical therapy.”
Salt and pepper, to taste
Directions 1. Heat oven to 375 F.
2. In a large pan over medium heat, sauté onion, peppers, bacon, and sweet potatoes until bacon is completely rendered and onions are translucent. Then, add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Finally, add spinach and continue cooking for another 3–5 minutes. 3. Transfer to a greased casserole dish. 4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and pour them over casserole. 5. Bake for 20–30 minutes, let stand for 5 minutes, and serve. Inspired by TheLeanGreanBean.com Professional Physical Therapy | 508-528-6100 • 3
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Sometimes, You Gotta Do It Yourself Stay Toned by Lifting Weights at Home Patient of the Month The Brain Likes to Groove Paleo Breakfast Casserole Why Are So Many People Deciding Not to Retire?
Why More Adults Over 55 Continue to Work FINDING FULFILLMENT IN YOUR GOLDEN YEARS
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, upward of 40% of people aged 55 and older are continuing to work past the normal retirement age. There are a number of reasons why people are choosing to stay employed, with one of the biggest being a lack of retirement funds, but some are also using work to keep their minds and skills sharp. In fact, most of the jobs that the 55-plus crowd goes after keep them engaged with the community and help them lead more active lives.
The BLS categorized the jobs many older workers are currently pursuing: • Real estate appraisers/assessors • Property/real estate/community association managers • Technical writers • Tax preparers • Construction/building inspectors • Crossing guards • Clergy These seven jobs are projected to grow between 8–14% over the next six years according to BLS data. They often pay well and
don’t always require a full-time commitment. Many even offer flexible schedules, which can help older workers spend more time with peers or loved ones. This balance is exactly what many older workers are looking for, especially those who are “part-time retired.” More importantly, however, most older workers find these jobs fulfilling. They allow older folks to interact with the community and stay active, both of which, research suggests, are essential to healthy living as people age. For many, working past retirement, or not leaving the workforce entirely, can be a win-win-win: It’s a win for your bank account, a win for your health, and a win for the community.
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