New options for senior citizens living at the beach

New options for senior citizens living at the beach


new options for senior citizens living at the beach a new facility is opening next month that will offer older residents easier access to medical care and if you can’t get their medical fighters will come to you at home so here to explain what will be available as well as an event that’s planned Monday for senior citizens is Rachel Weinstein with Baptist Health and Gary tiller with The Beeches Council on Aging good morning to both of you thank you for being here here let me start with you first if I could if you could explain for our viewers who maybe don’t live at the beach what the challenges are specifically for senior citizens because it’s basically an island and a lot of senior citizens are not real mobile that’s absolutely correct in that we find that transportation is one of the biggest needs as people age the average person believe it or not lives seven to ten years beyond their ability to drive so we have the opportunity through the Council on Aging program called dollar ride to take people to their medical appointments and oftentimes we see they get to a primary care appointment in the area but then they get recommended maybe to a specialist who’s in another part of town like downtown Jacksonville and that’s a long ways and often times it becomes very difficult for them to get there and some just choose not to so that’s one reason we’re very excited about what’s getting ready to happen well if you think about if they can’t get to their medical care provider then they’re maybe not taking their medication as often as they should and it leads to health problems and we all want to take good care of our parents particularly as they age which is why it’s so important which is why Rachel it is exciting to hear that basically age well is expanding to the beaches and now there’s going to be a closer access then for some senior citizens then to reach the medical needs that they have can you explain what specifically age well we’ll be offering in terms of medical providers to senior citizens well age well is a very special place and that is it is comprehensive care for older adults for those who are 65 and better as we like to say it is comprehensive care so our physicians are geriatricians their primary care providers who have also gone on to specialize in medicine for older adults so we have geriatricians onboard providing the medical care but we also have a comprehensive team of specialists under one roof we have a speech-language pathologist who does our memory testing and staging for dementia and also works with families around understanding how best to communicate with their loved one who may have dementia we have physical therapy working on balance and mobility we have behavioral health so we have a psychologist and a psychiatrist we have a special physical therapist for bladder health we have a pharmacy team who makes sure that patients are we ask everyone to bring in supplements over-the-counter medications as well as prescriptions and we’re taking the our pharmacy team takes a look at everything that they’re taking making sure that nothing’s expired everything in the bottle is supposed to be what’s in the bottle right baby right amount so we’re and we’re trying to streamline medication regimens to keep it as simple as possible and making sure that that everything that’s being prescribed is necessary so then quickly do senior citizens and have to change their primary care in order to start using these you know medical providers there’s several ways to come to age well one is to transfer primary care to us the other is to come for a comprehensive assessment a geriatric assessment your doctor can refer you and just request that we get a really good comprehensive look before sending you back to your primary care provider with our recommendations and summaries and we also have a couple of special programs that can come and just participate in other cards and then very quickly Gary also there is an event coming up on Monday where people can go specifically get a ride there to find out you know about these these you know offers these options that they have for them at age well that’s right we’re having the very first what we call engage at any age a senior celebration and we want it to truly be a senior celebration at the Jacksonville Beach community center and exhibition hall on South Beach Parkway on Monday 932 to perfect and of course we’ll have more information on news for Jax com

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