When 85-year-old Jerry Bolmeier fell and cut his head last July, he was more worried about his destination than his injury. He looked up at the paramedics loading him into the ambulance and said “Take me to the University of Colorado Hospital.”
Today, he will tell you that was the smartest thing he could have done.
“Because I get my health care at the university’s Seniors Clinic, the hospital’s Emergency Department could immediately look up my health history,” says Bolmeier. “After I was treated, all my records went straight back to my doctor in the Seniors Clinic. I felt like everyone knew who I was and that just made getting injured less painful.”
The Seniors Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital is part of the Center on Aging, a multi-disciplinary program combining care, research and education and spearheaded by the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Robert Schwartz, MD. It is one of ten Centers on Aging in the United States.
The Center is not housed in one building; instead, it pulls health care providers from multiple disciplines across campus to care for an aging population in the most efficient and compassionate way. With faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate Education, the Center promotes the physical, psychological and social well-being of older patients and their caregivers.
Now, experts from the Center on Aging will be sharing information about issues related to growing older in a series of free Saturday morning seminars, held on the first Saturday of every month on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
“’First Saturday for Seniors’ is our way to reach out to the community and open a dialogue with seniors, their families and their caregivers,” says Schwartz. “We hope that once they are armed with good information, they will better understand the changes that come with aging and be able to advocate for themselves.”
The first seminar will be presented by Kerry Hildreth, MD, on Oct. 1, 2011. It is titled “Am I just forgetful or is it something more serious?” It will be held on the Anschutz Medical Campus. It will run from 10:30 a.m. through noon at Building 500 (the former Fitzsimons Army Hospital) in the Bushnell Auditorium on the 8th floor. Free parking is available at the Ignacio parking lot, which is immediately north of Building 500. Tours of the Eisenhower Museum will be available at Building 500 immediately following the discussion. There is no need to RSVP if you plan to attend.