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Dr. Ivy Pandit Appointed Medical Director at InnovAge Greater California PACE

Ivy Pandit, MD, has been appointed medical director at InnovAge Greater California PACE to oversee the delivery of medical care and clinical services.

Dr. Pandit, who has 40 years of professional experience, is board-certified in internal medicine/geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

She is passionate about caring for the elderly and thrives on bringing comfort and dignity into the lives of her patients.

Silver Tech: Technology for Seniors

What kind of technology do seniors really need?

According to Pamela Tabar, editor-in-chief of Long-Term Living magazine, the focus should be on reaching deeper into understanding both the kind of technology seniors need and how they need it to work.

Read more.

Rocky Mountain Health Care Services Opens Renovated Location

Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (RMHCS) has begun delivering services this month after completing renovations on a 60,000-square foot building in Colorado Springs, CO. The new space will allow the nonprofit organization to expand its mission of serving vulnerable seniors and those with brain injuries.

Deadline Extended to Submit Abstracts for 2016 Health IT Summit

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has announced a call for abstracts for the 2016 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Summit, which will be held June 26-28 in Reston, VA.

New Summit ElderCare Site Opens in Massachusetts

Fallon Health opened its sixth Summit ElderCare location in Massachusetts on the campus of the D'Youville Life & Wellness Community in Lowell.

"Fallon has become the leading PACE provider in Massachusetts by helping older adults maintain their independence while supporting their caregivers," said Richard Burke, interim president and CEO of Fallon Health. "Thanks to our exciting partnership with D'Youville, we will bring our 20 years of expertise in PACE to Greater Lowell."

LifeCircles PACE Opens in Michigan

LifeCircles PACE opened this month in Holland, MI, with the capacity to serve up to 175 people.

LifeCircles, a partnership between Mercy Health and Porter Hills Retirement Community, opened the $3 million facility in a former retail outlet center. The move came after the nonprofit organization recently completed a $6 million addition and renovation of a facility in Norton Shores that expanded capacity from 225 to 350 participants. The Holland area previously lacked a senior care provider that uses the PACE model.

Senior LIFE Reading Opens New Facility

Senior LIFE Reading opened a new facility in Exeter Township, PA, this month.

"There are approximately 4,500 qualifying seniors in Berks County," said executive director Melanie McGarry.

"A program like this is greatly needed in this community," said Govind Kachhadiya, MD, primary care physician at Senior LIFE. "Seniors deserve quality care that also allows them to keep their independence. For families who serve as a caregiver for an aging loved one, this program offers critically needed support that helps many families avoid putting their loved ones in a nursing home."

LIFE-NWPA Receives Zoning Approval for New Center

LIFE Northwestern Pennsylvania (LIFE-NWPA) received approval from the local zoning board to operate an adult day care center at the Grove Street facility of the Meadville Medical Center.

The use of the space as a day care center is allowed only by special exception under the zoning rules.

LIFE-NWPA currently has a program at The Village at Luther Square in Erie, according to CEO Mark Gusek.

The program has about 90 participants at the Erie location and is looking to expand and offer similar services in Meadville.

Programs Reduce Risk of Falls

Seniors should be aware of their limitations so they are less likely to fall, but it’s important not to be overly cautious.

Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults 65 and over, and 2.5 million seniors end up in hospital emergency departments for treatment every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The consequences can range from bruises, fractured hips and head injuries to irreversible conditions that can lead to death. Older adults who fall once are twice as likely as their peers to fall again.

New Geriatric Scholars Program Addresses Homeless Seniors

A comprehensive, real-world approach is needed to better care for homeless seniors as well as older Americans from medically underserved populations, says Diane Chau, MD, who heads the new Geriatric Scholars program at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

The program will help train health workers in San Diego County to care for the elderly, with a particular emphasis on homeless seniors, older Latinos in economically disadvantaged areas, and seniors in rural communities.

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