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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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“My hope is still to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” –Jim Henson T his M onth in H istory


September 24, 2017, would mark the 81st birthday of Jim Henson, a man who reinvented a 3,000-year-old art form and made the world fall in love with a singing frog. By replacing stiff wood with flexible rubber and developing precise hand motions and movements to convey emotion, Henson created a cast of characters he called The Muppets. Though he faced roadblocks on his journey to bring The Muppets to the world — including studios that claimed the characters would only appeal to children and writers who refused to “write for felt” — Henson persevered. A British TV station eventually picked up “The Muppet Show,” and the series went on to win four Primetime Emmys. While the general public still knows Henson best for his zany, beloved Muppets, the celebrated storyteller was involved in many groundbreaking TV shows and movies. Other fantastical productions beneath the Henson banner include the eerie and magical cult


“It’s hard to satisfactorily describe a life-changing event. But the simple experiences taught to me by the clinicians have given my life back to me. Being an active person all my life, I became especially upset when back problems made it impossible to even walk across the street without feeling pain run down my legs. Eventually, my legs felt like two stubs of wood. It was horrible! “I am now able to walk a mile or so without feeling any symptoms. Amazing! Thank you to all the staff for helping me to enjoy life as I did before.” –David L.

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classic “Labyrinth,” starring music icon David Bowie, “The Dark Crystal,” and the TV series “The Storyteller.” Henson also founded Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, a special effects company that specializes in puppetry, animatronics, and creature suits. Henson also helped create movie history when he was invited to the set of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” to aid in the creation of an iconic character: Yoda. Prior to Henson’s involvement, director George Lucas intended to use a trained monky in a mask to portray the Jedi Master. Henson encouraged Lucas to hire puppeteer Frank Oz instead. Oz has since voiced Yoda in five Star Wars films, with rumors he will return to the character for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Today, almost 30 years after Henson’s sudden death in 1990, the legacy he left behind still creates joy around the world. The Muppets recently returned to the public spotlight with two feature films and a sitcom. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop continues to create fantastic designs, from the puppets on “Sesame Street” to characters that perform onstage beside singer Lady Gaga. This past summer, the Creature Shop announced they were teaming up with Netflix to produce a 10-episode prequel series to “The Dark Crystal.” When it comes to people who left the world a better place, it’s easy to see how Jim Henson’s unique brand of magic and creativity did just that.

We see many individuals with arthritis-related knee pain at Vital Care Physical Therapy, but sometimes, physical therapy isn’t enough and patients choose surgery. Total knee replacement is a common procedure, and pain relief is often significant. However, recovery doesn’t end when the pain subsides. After surgery, a skilled physical therapist will assist you in completing a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Pain relief is the primary reason patients have total knee replacements, but the rehabilitation process involves much more. With our hands-on techniques in the clinic coupled with exercises you can perform at home, our team helps you to recover your range of motion, strength, and ability to walk. Initially, our goal is to recover your range of motion and ability to bend and straighten your knee. Next, we help you strengthen your quadricep muscles through various exercises. Other muscles we target include the hamstrings, hip flexors, and calf muscles. Finally, you can expect to participate in functional exercises after a total knee replacement. Functional exercises support the recovery of daily activities like getting up out of a chair, ascending and descending stairs, walking on uneven surfaces, and getting in and out of a car. With patience and practice, daily activities can be completely recovered. Pain relief starts with a skilled surgeon and knee replacement. However, complete recovery should involve a comprehensive physical therapy program, something only Vital Care Physical Therapy can provide. If you are looking for trusted knee replacement rehab in Surprise, give us a call at (623) 544-0300 . We can help!

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• 1 cup sugar • 2 tablespoons cornstarch • 1 cup water • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • Vanilla ice cream, optional

• 1 cup all-purpose flour • 3/4 cup rolled oats

• 1 cup packed brown sugar • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/2 cup butter, softened • 4 cups chopped, peeled apples


1. Heat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half of mixture into a greased 2½ quart baking dish or a 9-inch square baking pan. Cover with apples. 2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water, and vanilla. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thick and clear. Pour over apples. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. 3. Bake 60–65 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm, with ice cream if desired.

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Everyone knows the Louvre and the Smithsonian, but you might be surprised to learn about some of the stranger museums around the world. For nearly every passion, there is a building somewhere dedicated to it. Take a look at some of the weirdest.

It’s not just college students who love ramen. Since the invention of the instant noodles by Momofuku Ando in 1958, ramen has grown to beloved status from Japan to Jamaica. In addition to viewing some of the wilder examples from around the world, you can even design your own packaging. Bring along some chopsticks, as there are plenty of samples to slurp up. THE KANSAS BARBED WIRE MUSEUM Rush County, Kansas Plenty of museums are hands-off, but that’s usually to protect the precious objects held within. At the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, not touching the exhibits is just sound advice. The development of barbed wire was instrumental in settling the American West, and this museum pays tribute to its invention and evolution.

THE MUSEUM OF BAD ART Dedham, Massachusetts

There are plenty of museums dedicated to exceptional artwork from history, but only one dedicated to less successful artistic endeavors. The Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA, promotes itself as the home of “art too bad to be ignored.” A trip to MOBA will leave you smiling, laughing, and feeling a little better about the fact that you’re not Picasso.

SULABH INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF TOILETS Delhi, India A functioning toilet is something everyone takes for granted until they don’t have access to one. In India’s capital, you can explore the fascinating history of commodes. Divided into three sections — ancient, medieval, and modern — you’ll be shocked at how much you can learn about history and culture through an examination of the ways a society flushes (or doesn’t).

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