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Powerback Rehab| Golf| Power of Protein

POWERBACK REHABILITATION

Rehabilitation is an important part of healing after surgeries, injuries and long hospital stays. Many patients opt to regain their strength at a rehabilitation center, but not every rehab center is the same. Powerback Rehabilitation Center offers cutting-edge care, along with fancy meals, massages and lots of pampering. Suzanne chats with Powerback Rehabilitation’s Vice President of Business Development, Carol Rohrbaugh, to learn about everything the center has to offer.

Powerback Rehabilitation has found through research that many patients have a lack of knowledge in regards to rehabilitation centers. Many encounter challenges while picking a rehab center that suits their needs. Fear is a common, yet powerful emotion that patients experience when they don’t know what to expect. Powerback focuses on educating patients about the importance of rehabilitation and staying in control. Surgeries, injuries and hospital visits are often unexpected. When the time comes, patients may feel like they’ve lost control of their lives. Powerback creates small contact cards, which you can keep in your wallet in the case of an unanticipated surgery or injury. Additionally, Powerback nurses are present in many hospitals to help families and patients decide if a short rehabilitation stay is the best option for their circumstances.

Powerback’s philosophy focuses solely on rehabilitating patients and sending them home in good health. Every Powerback patient sets their own goals, and their voice is always heard when creating their care plan. Powerback Rehab Centers offer unique amenities including hydrotherapy aquatic pools, care transition nurses, incredible dining options, and salons and day spas. The hydrotherapy aquatic pools are used to boost rehabilitation through water resistance and aquatic exercises. Care transition nurses offer patients support throughout their stay and for the month following their leave. The salon and day spa offers relaxing amenities to patients, and the dining options are convenient and delicious. 

Powerback patient Diane Lavenstein chose to stay at the center after her hip replacement surgery, and she was absolutely blown away by her experience! Diane’s stay was similar to recovering in a fancy hotel. At the end of her eight-day visit, she felt that she was in much better physical condition than if she healed at home. Diane tells Suzanne, “The word ‘Powerback’ is true – I really got my power back!” Powerback does everything in their power to help patients get their strength back. They accept Medicare, Medicaid, along with several other major and local insurance plans. According to Carol, Powerback is the future of rehabilitation, and she invites you to visit a center for a tour. If you visit their website you can also order a personalized Powerback card to always be prepared for the unexpected. Even though the center’s goal is to get every patient home quickly and healthy, their amenities might make it hard to leave! 

GOLFING

Golf has always been a popular sport among senior citizens, but in recent years, it’s caught on more than ever. Suzanne travels to the Ballamor Golf Club to learn about the sport from the course’s General Manager and resident pro -- Mike Tucci.

Mike says that golf is the top leisure activity among seniors because it’s a great source of friendly competition, and affords patrons some valuable outdoor time. Another benefit is that since the sport isn’t very physically demanding, it can be enjoyed late into life by players of widely varying skill and athleticism levels. Several of Ballamor Club’s members echo Mike’s words, and say that another appeal of the sport is that it’s never too late to start. Some picked up the hobby at a young age, others just recently, but no matter what their skill level is today, they all agree that golf can be a tremendously enjoyable and rewarding pastime.

Mike says that lessons are a great option for those looking to get into golf but don’t know where to start. A good teacher will be able to assess a player’s attributes like flexibility, strength and skill to craft a specialized learning plan, since every individual starts at a different level. During the early stages of the learning process, Mike suggests players start from the green and move their way back away from. By doing so, players can learn the shortened version of the swing used in closer shots. This knowledge can later be used to improve their full swing once they make their way closer to the tee box.

POWER OF PROTEIN

Protein has the power to help us build, maintain and repair body tissue. Unfortunately, many seniors lack the proper proteins that their bodies need to stay strong. Suzanne chats with Maureen Solomon, Director of Wellness at The Philadelphia Protestant Home, to learn how we can utilize the power of protein in our daily lives.

Protein is a very important nutrient that helps us stay healthy and grow, regardless of age. Protein allows us to maintain and build muscle fibers, while improving our cognitive awareness. In fact, low-protein diets have been proven to contribute to poor cognition. Protein keeps us feeling full, strong and energized. Maureen shows Suzanne an array of healthy food options packed with proteins.

Ample sources of protein are typically found in animal-based products, but can also be found in plants. Maureen tells Suzanne that her favorite source of protein is wild caught salmon, with 22 to 24 grams of protein per 3 ounce serving. Grilled chicken is another great animal-based choice of protein, weighing in at 16 to 18 grams per serving. Maureen suggests cooking “cleanly” by using oil conservatively and avoiding blackening or barbecuing, which may add unwanted and harmful carcinogens to your meal. Plant-based protein sources consist of beans, legumes and lentils. Although plant-based products are also excellent sources of protein, larger portions are typically needed to meet your body’s requirements.

A person with high cholesterol or triglycerides should consider getting their protein from more plant-based sources. It’s smart to avoid eating red meats and sticking to lean proteins like chicken, turkey or salmon. Plant-based proteins are typically low in fat and high in fiber. Believe it or not – grapefruit is a sneaky source of protein and loaded with Vitamin C, which can boost your immune system. Dairy is another source of protein, and cheese can provide between 5 to 10 grams of protein a serving. Although Maureen recommends eating “real,” unprocessed foods, protein bars and powders are an appropriate option for people who are always on-the-go. Meeting your body’s protein requirements is important to keep tendons and ligaments strong as we age. Women should eat 45 to 50 grams of protein a day, and men should intake 56 to 60 grams a day. On the other hand, eating too much protein can be taxing on vital organs like the liver. Every person should consult their doctor before changing their diet significantly to avoid adverse effects to your body. If one thing’s for sure - fueling your body with the power of protein is vital in staying healthy, strong and energized! 

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