The Geriatric Health Assessment Clinic offers a team approach to the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of older adults. Team members include nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and social workers who specialize in geriatric care with a focus on health promotion along with prevention and treatment of disease as well as disability in later life.
Members of the assessment team meet with each patient and caregiver to discuss:
- Daily functioning
- Health history
- Social support and resources
- Specific patient or caregiver concerns
Some patients come to the clinic for a single consultation while others may return for follow-up visits or continuing care.
- Information about support services and long-term care
- Laboratory tests (as needed)
- Preventive health and wellness suggestions
- Referrals to specialists or community services (as needed)
- Suggestions for treatments, medication, nutrition, activities and resources to meet each person's needs
- Thorough physical examination
Patients Should Bring the Following to Their First Appointment:
Medical records from their referring physician
Medications they are currently taking
Our Care Team
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A Cognitive Enhancement Program
Participants with cognitive impairment will be introduced to techniques and strategies to help with memory, attention, executive functioning, sleep difficulties, and more. Education will be provided regarding the cognitive effects of aging, dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), sleep problems, and more.
Patients and adult family members/caregivers are welcome to attend.
Please join us for Stepping On, a seven-week workshop series to learn important exercises and strategies to help prevent falls.
Building Confidence and Reducing Falls
What is Stepping On?
Stepping On is a program that has been researched and proven to reduce falls in older people.
It consists of a workshop that meets for two hours a week for seven weeks. Workshops are led by two trained Stepping On professionals who partner to provide participants with a quality adult learning environment. In addition, local guest experts provide information on exercise, vision, safety, and medications.
Fall prevention topics include:
- Simple and fun balance and strength training
- The role vision plays in keeping your balance
- How medications can contribute to falls
- Ways to keep from falling when out in your community
- What to look for in safe footwear
- How to eliminate falls hazards from your home
Why should I be concerned about falling?
Falling is very common; it can result in injury and shake your confidence. The threat of falling can be a barrier to safely doing all the things you want to do at home and in the community. That’s why preventing falls is critical to maintaining independence.
Fall injury statistics
- More than one-third of people age 65 or older fall each year
- Falls are the leading cause of hospitalizations due to injury among older adults
- 35 percent of people who fall become less active
- 40 percent of people who enter a nursing home had a fall in the prior 30 days
What Stepping On workshop participants had to say:
“When I’m walking I still think, ‘Lift your feet, walk heel-to-toe’. I have stopped falling outside! It has made me more aware of the way I walk.”
“Not only did we learn some things about preventing falls, but we had a good time doing it. It was really fun.”
Is this fall and injury prevention workshop for you?
Stepping On is designed specifically for anyone who:
- Is 65 or older
- Has had a fall in the past year or is fearful of falling
- Lives at home
- Does not have dementia
How do I register?
Stepping On is a seven-week, two hours per week, interdisciplinary workshop that covers fall prevention topics such as home safety, vision care, medications, safe footwear, community safety, and exercise. The exercises are aimed at increasing strength and balance. Stepping On has been shown to decrease falls by 31% in older adults.
The next Stepping On class runs March 23–May 4 from 9-11 a.m.
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is an eight-week class series that meets one hour twice per week for a total of 16 class sessions. Modified tai chi programs reduce falls in older adults up to 49%.
Upcoming classes include:
Sept. 11–Nov. 1 Morning class (9-10 a.m.)
Register now for Sept. 11-Nov. 1 Morning class series
Sept. 12–Nov. 2 Evening class (5:30-6:30 p.m.)
Register now for Sept. 12-Nov. 2 Evening class series