You At Your Best

December 2017 • Senior Celebrations

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SPECIAL TO NWA DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE An increasing number of Americans are living to age 100 and beyond, according to a 2013 Forbes report. Perhaps most interesting is that the majority of centenarians interviewed for that story reported feeling 20 years younger than their chronological age. "While you can't turn back the clock, it is true that you can help slow the rate of decline and improve the quality of your life by taking responsibility for your health," says Darla Rowe, D.H.Sc., CHES, who is the education manager at Washington Regional Senior Health Clinic. "This includes making smart lifestyle choices, seeking appropriate medical care and taking advantage of available resources." And, according to Dr. Rowe, the Senior Health Clinic is a great place to start on one's quest for healthy aging. For instance, the Senior Health Clinic offers a free monthly senior health education series, Your Health Matters, at Washington Regional's Pat Walker Center for Seniors, located on the hospital campus. "More and more older adults are looking for ways to optimize their health and overall function," Dr. Rowe says. "We offer free education opportunities and physical activities to help them." Dr. Rowe already has the next several months of presentations scheduled. "Clip this out and put it on your refrigerator," she advises. Dr. Rowe also suggests that older adults mark their calendars for a free health fair at the Senior Health Clinic on April 20, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "This health fair will be a great opportunity to learn about valuable resources in our community," she says. The Senior Health Clinic also offers free classes for patients and families dealing with conditions such as dementia and Parkinson's disease, she says. The dementia class meets meet four times over the course of two months. "Anyone can register for the classes," Dr. Rowe says. "It's very helpful for the families and primary caregivers to attend." The Parkinson's disease class, presented during group visits with the Movement Disorders Clinic, spans these topics: • Diagnosis, Disease Progression & Treatment Recommendations • Cognitive & Socio-Emotional Changes & Healthy Coping Skills • Physical Changes & Non-Pharmacological Management Techniques • Future Planning: Legal, Financial, In-Home Safety, Care Options & End of Life Decisions More information about caregiver resources, classes, support groups and other programs at the Senior Health Clinic and Pat Walker Center for Seniors is available by calling Dr. Rowe at 479-463-4438 or sending an email to Feeling younger than your years SPECIAL TO NWA DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE Washington Regional Senior Health Clinic's multidisciplinary team includes geriatricians, geriatric nurse practitioners, a neurologist and nurses with specialized training in the care of older adults, as well as case managers, social workers, a gerontologist and neuropsychologists. The clinic is the cornerstone of the Pat Walker Center for Seniors, located at 12 E. Appleby Road on the Washington Regional campus. Through the center, Washington Regional offers: • Senior Health Clinic (ages 65+) • Memory Clinic • Movement Disorders Clinic • Center for Exercise • Mobility Program • Senior Health Education Center In addition to the services of the Pat Walker Center for Seniors, Washington Regional also provides a full range of medical specialties important to older adults, including a Joint Commission- accredited Total Joint Center, a Joint Commission- accredited primary stroke center featuring a robust neuroscience program, and the region's largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular service line. Washington Regional is committed to providing quality inpatient and outpatient geriatric care, helping older adults through the transitions of care. For more information, visit or call the Senior Health Clinic at (479) 463-4444. The Washington Regional Senior Health Clinic offers a team approach in providing comprehensive primary care, geriatric assessment, memory assessment, functional assessment, and movement disorder diagnosis and treatment. Washington Regional committed to senior care Future Your Health Matters presentations include: December 2017 Monday, Dec. 12 • 10:30 a.m. – noon Roy "Chap" Sampson, M.D. What Is Arthritis and How Do We Treat It? January 2018 Monday, Jan. 8 • 11 a.m. – noon Alan Diamond, D.O. Exercise and Falls Prevention February 2018 Friday, Feb. 9 • Noon – 1 p.m. Randy Shinn, M.D. Antoinette Hartman, APRN Healthy Aging March 2018 Monday, March 12 • 11 a.m. – noon Kate Rhames, LCSW Social Work Resources: Four Topics People Want to Know More About April 2018 Monday, April 9 • 11 a.m. – noon Stephen Gemmell, Ph.D. Maintain Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory and Avoid Dementia May 2018 Friday, May 11 • Noon – 1 p.m. Robert Rose, assistant manager, Center for Exercise Functional Activity for Seniors with Health Issues June 2018 Monday, June 11 • 11 a.m. – noon Elizabeth Bowden, M.A., CCC-A What'd You Say? The Pat Walker Center for Seniors is located on the Washington Regional campus, offering healthcare, exercise, community outreach and more. 8 | YOU AT YOUR BEST | NWADG.COM/YOUATYOURBEST DECEMBER - SENIOR CELEBRATIONS | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

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