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Parkinson’s Help at Sprenger

Sprenger Therapy helps fight Parkinson’s with Delay the Disease

Sprenger Health Care Systems is helping empower those affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD) through OhioHealth’s Delay the Disease program.

Delay the Disease is a 12-week exercise program developed by OhioHealth to optimize the physical functioning of those with PD.

Studies have shown that regular exercise can fight the progression of Parkinson’s disease and help individuals manage the symptoms.

This exercise program has been designed specifically to target everyday challenges experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease. Delay the Disease can help participants improve balance, soothe tremors, improve posture and enhance vocals.

“The participants have reported improvements in strength, balance and mood. In addition to improving functional mobility, they have gained confidence and increased their quality of life” said Laura Toetz, director of rehabilitation at Amherst Manor Retirement Community.

For more information about Delay the Disease, contact the Sprenger location where you would like to attend classes. You can reach Smithville Western in Wooster at 330-345-9050, Heather Knoll in Tallmadge at 330-688-8600 and Amherst Manor in Amherst at 440-988-1825.

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Maplewood Senior Living

Music & Memory Program Helps Seniors


Toes are tapping and memories are putting smiles on the faces of residents at Maplewood Senior

Living. For the past six months, residents at Maplewood Senior Living’s Ohio communities have

enjoyed participating in the Music & Memory program thanks to partnership with Ohio

Department of Aging and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.

This innovative approach to care was developed by New York social worker Dan Cohen and uses

personalized playlists to help people with dementia and memory impairments reconnect with the

world around them.

Music & Memory is a great addition to Maplewood’s unique emotion-based philosophy of

care, referred to as the HEART approach — an acronym for Humor, Empathy, Autonomy, Respect

and Reaching out to others, and Trust and Triumph — which removes the stress of what residents

can’t remember or do, and helps them discover the joy of living in the moment.

“Music has proven to evoke such positive responses for residents,” says Lauren Skillicorn,

memory care coordinator at Maplewood at Chardon. “It puts smiles on faces, gets bodies

moving and lifts spirits.”

Maplewood holds a special regard for residents with memory impairment and has purposefully

designed its communities and programs to help residents feel safe, cared for and comfortable.

Maplewood Senior Living operates Maplewood at Chardon, Maplewood at Cuyahoga Falls and

Maplewood at Twinsburg. For more information, visit

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Veterans and Dogs: A Match Made in Cleveland




Dogs, Veterans and a Match Made in Cleveland



When U.S. Army veteran Frank DeLorenzo learned there was a three-year wait to get a medically prescribed service dog from an out-of-state organization, he and his wife Jeniffer began doing research that became life-changing for many veterans.


With the help of dog trainers, they adopted a puppy and began working with her to become Frank’s service dog.


Frank’s position as the Army Wounded Warrior advocate at the Wade Park Veterans Administration campus in Cleveland led doctors and other veterans to ask about his service dog. The couple worked with other veterans to help train their dogs, and the organization grew from that need.


The DeLorenzos co-founded Wags 4 Warriors in 2011 to help veterans who have been affected by their combat experiences that challenge them every day. Service dogs help with anxiety or focus issues, giving the veteran a reminder of where he or she is and that all is calm.


The group is a nonprofit agency that accepts tax-deductible donations to help with the adoption, veterinary care, training and equipment expenses.


“We didn’t want to see families struggle the way we did,” Jen says. “We wanted to make sure that if there was something we could do to help a veteran, we would. We quickly realized there was a huge need here in Ohio. We wanted to help veterans without causing them any financial burden or strain.”


Wags is the only organization in Ohio that does this free of charge for veterans.


As of 2017, the program has helped rescue more than 350 dogs and warriors.


“Ninety percent of these canines are rescues from shelters,” Frank says. “We have had approximately 50 or more Vietnam veterans and another 50 or more ages 50-plus in the program.”


Recently the program moved into a new training facility in Broadview Heights.

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Health Safety Winter 2016

Snow Removal – Pace Yourself – Save Yourself

Snow removal might seem like a dreaded wintry task in Northeast Ohio, but don’t let it take you down.

Shoveling and even snowblowing can cause serious injuries to limbs, joints and the spine. The exertion can stress your heart, too.

Nationwide, more than 11,000 adults and children are hospitalized due to shoveling injuries each year, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine (AJEM). The most common injuries include sprains and strains, particularly in the back and shoulders, as well as lacerations, broken bones and heart attacks.

“Know your limits,” says Mike Mager, licensed physical therapy assistant with Portage Physical Therapists in Ravenna. “Listen to your body. Take frequent rest breaks. Don’t overdo. If you have a chronic condition, hire someone else to do snow removal at your home.”


Lifting heavy snow, especially in the early morning hours when the heart is most susceptible to coronary events, can be deadly.

The AJEM study found that cardiac-related injuries during snow removal accounted for 100 percent of the more than 1,600 snow removal fatalities that occurred in the U.S. over a 16-year period. Snow shoveling can raise heart rates above recommended limits after only two minutes of digging.

No one who has a cardiac stent or a history of cardiovascular disease should shovel snow. People who don’t exercise regularly should pace themselves and take breaks. If you get tired or if you experience any chest pain or shortness of breath, stop, rest or contact a doctor.

Age affects risk. Adults over 55 are 4.25 times more likely than younger people to have heart-related symptoms while shoveling. The National Safety Council warns that those over 40 years old and relatively inactive should be careful while shoveling snow. Stretch before starting, take it slow and only pick up a small amount of snow at a time to avoid injury, the organization advises.

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Health January/February 2017

Ask the Orthopedist – Is a Hip Replacement in My Future?

QUESTION: The osteoarthritis in my hip is getting worse. Is there a way to avoid a replacement?

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ANSWER: First let’s define osteoarthritis. Sometimes referred to as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is the breakdown of cartilage in the joint and is a very common condition, especially as we age. It’s the result of wear and tear on our joints and can result in inflammation, stiffness and pain.

There are some factors that may increase the speed at which the joint develops osteoarthritis, such as overuse, an injury to the joint, previous surgeries, obesity and other health issues. The cartilage in the joint breaks down through a combination of time and any one of these factors. The severity of the arthritis will determine how much intervention may be required to ease pain.


Osteoarthritis is first treated with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications. Physical therapy also can be helpful to strengthen the weakened joint and improve range of motion. Short-term relief may also be found through cortisone shots for pain and/or gel injections that lubricate and increase the shock absorption of the joint.

When these conservative measures are no longer helpful, surgical intervention through a joint replacement may seem like the only option. However, advancements in regenerative therapies are providing a new hope for many patients struggling with arthritis pain and can delay or possibly even prevent the need for a joint replacement. These newer treatments use biologic elements such as your own adult stem cells and platelets to ease pain. In many cases, they may regenerate lost cartilage and strengthen the joint.

Regenerative medicine procedures activate your body’s own stem cells to encourage healing and to speed repair for bone, muscle, joint, soft tissue and nerve injuries. With this treatment, doctors can concentrate a sample of your stem cells taken from your bone marrow and fat tissue.

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Health January/February 2017

Out of Sight – Ceramic vs. Composite Fillings

A cavity or decay is the main reason for a dental visit. Every patient wants to feel comfortable, be without pain and have the decay stopped before it damages a valuable tooth.

In addition to the health of their teeth, many patients have a major concern for the appearance of fillings.

Having a mouthful of visible fillings can make patients self-conscious, and they may avoid smiling openly. Having multiple visible fillings could suggest that a person is unhealthy or that they have been irresponsible with their dental health. This, of course, may not be the case.

Ceramic and/or composite fillings solve this problem gracefully.

Tooth-colored fillings — sometimes also known as porcelain or composite restorations — are designed to match the color of the tooth or teeth they are used on, unlike fillings made of silver, gold or amalgamations of silver and other minerals.

Porcelain is the primary material used in ceramic fillings. It can be mixed to match the exact color and hue of any tooth. Ceramic fillings can be used in teeth that are under great chewing pressure such as molars and bicuspids.

Because of improved technologies such as “directed shrinkage” of the ceramic polymer material used to fill cavities, porcelain fillings are reliable and are fast becoming a standard dentistry material.

Composite fillings, which are a type of reinforced plastic, also do a wonderful job in restoring teeth in an esthetic manner. Conservative tooth preparation, following removal of decay, is a major advantage of these restorations, and it costs less than porcelain fillings. The porcelain fillings, however, are extremely durable and may last longer than composites.


The biggest benefit of using either porcelain or composite fillings is the completely natural appearance of the repaired tooth or teeth once the procedure has been completed. Many patients are so happy with the appearance of their treated teeth that they may eventually have all their old fillings replaced with ceramic fillings.

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Health November/December 2016

Good Points

Don’t kid around when it comes to vaccinations. Adults need them too, according to the Centers for Disease Control.


  • An annual flu shot. Sixty percent of people who wind up in the hospital from flu complications are 65 and older.
  • Td to Tdap – tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). All adults should get the Tdap vaccine if they did not get it as a teen. If you did, then you need a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years. Again, check with your doctor.
  • A shingles (Zoster) vaccine for everyone 60 and older. Younger? Ask your doctor if you should get the shot.
  • A pneumonia shot (pneumococcal vaccine) for folks 65 and up or for anyone younger with certain chronic conditions.


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Health July/August 2016

Ask the Orthopedist – My Shoulder Hurts

QUESTION: “The pain in my shoulder keeps me awake at night. What causes this, and what can I do?”


ANSWER: One of the most common complaints I hear in my office is that a patient cannot sleep due to shoulder pain. It may seem that no matter what side you try to sleep on, it still hurts. Your shoulder might feel stiff, or a dull pain might become worse when you raise your arm or shift from side to side. You also might feel a muscle spasm or numbness and tingling in your fingers.

The shoulder is one of the most agile joints of the body, allowing movement in all directions. Because of this, it can be more susceptible to injury. Painful conditions also might arise from overuse because of a specific activity or shoulder motion that you make repetitively. Racquet and ball-throwing sports are some of the main culprits, but any repetitive shoulder motion can cause an overuse injury.

Typically, shoulder pain that gets worse at night might be caused by bursitis, tendinopathy or an injury to the rotator cuff.

Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, which is a fluid-filled pad that provides a cushion to the bones of the joint. When injured, fluid in the bursa increases, and this swelling can be painful.

Biceps tendinopathy is usually the result of long-term overuse and deterioration of the biceps tendon that connects muscles and bones in the shoulder joint. Tendons may also get less flexible as we age and are more prone to injury. Tendinopathy is often part of the aging process. Biceps tendinopathy can give sharp pains in the arm with certain motions like reaching behind you.

Rotator cuff injuries usually involve a tear in these tendons. The rotator cuff includes four muscles that come together as tendons and connect your humerus bone to the shoulder blade.

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