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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.

White House Conference on Aging: Final Report

In a year that marked the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging provided an opportunity to reflect on the importance of these programs, highlight new actions to support Americans as they age, and focus on the powerful role that technology can play in the lives of seniors in the decade ahead.  

MorseLife Health System Receives $1M Donation

MorseLife Health System has received a gift of $1 million from Palm Beach and Boston-based residents and philanthropists Jean and Frederic Sharf, announced Keith Myers, president and CEO.

The gift will be designated to its transportation program, which includes a fleet of buses and vans that serve seniors on campus and in the community, including Palm Beach PACE.

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Genesys PACE Part of Redevelopment Effort in Flint, MI

A health and wellness district in downtown Flint, MI, has grown to three city blocks and $36 million in investments in an emerging redevelopment effort. Among the anticipated benefits of the district are health education and the reduction of chronic disease in the community.

A major addition to the district was the $3.9 million PACE Center operated by Genesys Health System that opened last summer.

The center is expected to serve an estimated 130 seniors daily and eventually employ 70 people, said Nicholas Evans, vice president of business and fund development at Genesys.

Dr. Ankur Patel Appointed Medical Director at Inspira LIFE

Ankur Patel, MD, has been appointed medical director at Inspira LIFE.

"I am excited to be a part of the Inspira LIFE team, and I look forward to working with the staff to provide seniors in our community with high-quality care," Dr. Patel said.

Previously, he served as medical director for an Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit in Newport News, VA.

Statistical Information on the Growing Older Population

The older population – people age 65 and over – numbered 44.7 million in 2013, the latest year for available data. Older adults represented 14.1 percent of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060 there will be approximately 98 million older people, more than twice the number in 2013. This group is expected to grow to be 21.7 percent of the population by 2040.

Dr. Mason Shamis Joins InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE-North

Mason Shamis, MD, a family medicine physician, has joined the medical team at the InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE-North Center in Loveland.

“I absolutely love what I do – caring for seniors with complex social and medical needs,” Dr. Shamis said. "I feel I am helping make a real difference in the lives of our participants and their families. I am blessed to be able to work with an outstanding team of like-minded professionals, and I feel our community’s health will be improved by the work we do."

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