Health care needs change as people age. Providence provides whole-person, tailored care for all patients and supports their families throughout their health journey.
Providence Senior Health weaves together our integrated health system with our community partners to provide a simple, accessible path to health care for every person. Using creative ways to partner with older adults and their families, we are able to deliver health care tailored for each person’s specific needs.
Geriatric Consultation Clinic
In the following video, Lisa Sanders, M.D., and Enora Wu, Pharm.D., give an inspiring summary of the geriatric consultation clinic at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Thanks to donor support, this unique program educates medical residents on the 4Ms of an age-friendly hospital system and trains tomorrow’s physicians to better care for the growing senior population. The Providence Senior Health program provides care throughout the Oregon region.
Reducing the Risk of Falls for Older Adults
Falling can be a serious health hazard for seniors. More than one-third of people over age 65 fall each year, causing most hip fractures and head injuries.
Fortunately many falls can be prevented. Colleen Casey, Ph.D., ANP-BC, an expert on geriatric health, discusses how Providence Senior Health is raising awareness and reducing fall risk:
- Practical tips that can help seniors stay healthy and steady on their feet
- Innovative approaches to help recognize and reduce the risk of falling
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Hospice and Palliative Care
Providence Hospice provides experienced, compassionate care for people nearing the end of life. The hospice care team provides everything from pain control and comfort care to emotional, social and spiritual support, including support for family members and caregivers.
We also offer bereavement support to anyone who has suffered a loss through death. All services are free of charge.
The aim of palliative care is to alleviate suffering in all its forms – physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual – and it can begin as early as diagnosis. Palliative care allows us to treat the whole patient, to address things that matter beyond the disease, improving quality of life and easing anxiety.
Your support will help improve all aspects of caring for seniors and for patients facing long-term illness or nearing the end of life.
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4Ms of Age Friendly Care
Providence doctors are using the 4Ms of Age Friendly Care to help you stay healthy. In this video, Marian O. Hodges, M.D., MPH, talks about the 4Ms. As the medical director of Providence Senior Health, Dr. Hodges is an expert on aging and wellness and leads the pioneering senior health team for Providence Oregon.
Watch this short video to learn how these four important factors can minimize your risks and help you live your healthiest life.
Fall Risk Reduction
In the U.S., an older adult dies from a fall every 20 minutes. Many more are injured. Watch this video to learn how to reduce your fall risk.
Sponsored by Providence Senior Health Program, the Fall Risk Reduction class is taught by Providence Physical Therapist Lauren Wagner and Providence Elderplace Pharmacist Kristen Wendell. The video is 90 minutes long and includes a demonstration of Tai Chi.
Your gift will help advance and expand programs such as these for seniors at home or in a typical care setting.