Vital Care PT September 2017




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for it is the hardest part, so I’ll spend a lot of my time outside work hiking nearby trails and jogging. When I’m not training, I’ll be unpacking the rest of the house and furnishing a couple of rooms in my new home. Work sees an increase in activity in September as many of the winter visitors come home for the fall and winter. Since many are active in retirement, we see a lot of pickleball, golf, and softball injuries. If you’re getting back into the swing of things, remember to take it easy! Speaking of the those in their golden years, I want to take the rest of this article to recognize someone who is a treasure in my life. Did you know that the first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparents Day? When I learned that, I wondered why this holiday doesn’t receive the attention of Mother’s and Father’s Day. After all, most of us have amazing grandparents. I sure do. In nearby Phoenix, the kindest, sweetest 86-year-old lives independently; I call her Grandma Lufkin. Grandpa passed away two years ago, which has been difficult for all of us. We’re so lucky to still have Grandma around. “DID YOU KNOWTHAT THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER LABOR DAY IS NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY?"

The temperature doesn’t change much when summer ends, but that doesn’t mean change isn’t in the air. For one thing, the kids are back in school. They’re excited to make friends, but not to do homework. Our kids are also ready to hit the volleyball court after successful camps this summer. When temperatures finally do cool down, our family will spend more time on the trails. My family loves hiking together. We try to go every weekend. Personally, I’m also preparing for the Phoenix Summit Challenge, an intense hike up multiple mountains at the end of November. Last year, my sisters and I hiked four mountain peaks for a total of 23 miles, so we decided to up the ante. We’re training to hike five peaks for a total of 26 miles this fall. Getting in shape Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 gift card! CALL 623-544-0300

Grandma Lufkin has a cute little round face that belongs on a Hallmark card. When I was growing up, I remember her as a wonderful host for all the family gatherings. She’d do it all — cooking, cleaning, and planning. Now that she’s older, we’re happy to pay it forward by taking care of those things so she can simply enjoy the party. Grandma isn’t very mushy like some grandmas are. Instead, she shows her fierce love for us with service. She’s the first to bring you a cake if it’s a special occasion, and she’s the first to act as a caregiver in a time of hardship. Plus, she’s probably the world’s best baby holder. I’m so grateful to have her in my life, and hope I can be as kind and caring to my children’s children as she is to me. This month, I hope we can all appreciate the amazing grandparents in our lives. In the meantime, if there’s anything we can do for you at Vital Care PT, give us a call!

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