Senior Care

According to the Rush Memory and Aging Project (2012), seniors that are isolated and not cognitively active are 2.6 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia than seniors with more social interaction and increased cognitive activity.

For the past 20 years, AltaMed has offered PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), which offers comprehensive senior care. PACE patients are those aged 65 and older who qualify for nursing home level of care, but remain living independently in their own homes. Many of these seniors live alone and are unable to leave their homes without a reliable form of transportation. While the program includes managed medical care to ensure seniors receive all the health services they require, PACE goes even further to focus on the whole patient. The program includes transportation to and from social and educational activities that promote interaction and cognitive activity, in addition to traditional health care services. Participants get to take art classes, play with petting zoo animals, make projects in woodshop and play bingo, all while interacting with their neighbors. The seniors have responded so positively that we are hoping to add language and technology classes in the near future to further engage participants in active learning. By helping our seniors remain cognitively active, AltaMed allows them to stay healthy and in their own homes longer.

 

With PACE, we have made significant progress in making sure our elderly patients are not living in isolation, but are engaging with friends and continued learning. However, as the aging population grows rapidly, these programs are becoming more critical than ever. With your help, we can ensure that the elderly in our community remain social, healthy and independent for as long as possible.

$25 dollars will supply a senior with art supplies.

$45 will provide language learning software.

Meet Oscar

Seniors Like Oscar Can Stay Healthy and Live at Home Longer, Thanks to PACE

Oscar

Prior to enrolling in AltaMed’s PACE program, Oscar spent his days home alone, watching countless hours of television and worrying about his health and what was going on in the world around him. He rarely left his house, and often had a hard time getting to doctor appointments or running errands. He felt lonely, and like he was becoming a burden on his family.

Active Mind

Now, he comes to one of AltaMed’s PACE clinics at least two days a week. He’s met a lot of new friends who he enjoys playing games like Bingo with, as well as engaging in conversation. “I need to keep my mind active,” he says. “I enjoy talking to different people here about different things.”

Change

Oscar has also started eating better and exercising at the PACE fitness facility, where he does some light weightlifting. “I definitely feel a lot healthier. I’m taking a more active role in my health, and even though I’m getting older I feel better than I have in years. I feel so good that I want to go back to school to learn another language! I already speak English and Spanish fluently, and some French, but I would like to improve my French and learn Italian.”

AltaMed PACE

In addition to living a healthier, more social lifestyle, Oscar no longer has difficulty making doctor appointments or running errands. PACE provides transportation assistance to ensure that he can get to the doctor, receive his prescriptions and even pick up groceries, in addition to bringing him to and from the PACE center. “The people here at AltaMed are nice to work with, they are kind and they know me by name. I enjoy myself here, and appreciate what they do for me. I know I can live independently longer, thanks to PACE.”

Seniors like Oscar deserve to be treated with respect, and to live in their own homes for as long as possible. PACE programming provides elderly patients with the tools they need to stay cognitively active and prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. With your help, we can continue to offer fun and beneficial activities that allow the frailest among us to remain at home and live independently with dignity.

$45 will provide a senior with language learning software. AltaMed has made significant strides in increasing access to care in our communities. Join our mission!