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Free Zumba fitness class offered August 16!
Living Well is offering a free Zumba class to UF faculty and staff! Class will be held 5:30 p.m. in the Florida Gym. There is plenty of parking in the O'Connell Center lot or you can walk from your office. Contact Cassie Macias at Living Well with any questions at (352) 392-9767, ext. 1436 or email clmacias@hhp.ufl.edu.

Need help quitting smoking?
UF's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) continues to offer its group smoking cessation program as well as individual coaching sessions. The next group will start August 25 and run from 12 noon to 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays through September 29 at the Student Health Care Center (SHCC) /Infirmary in the basement conference room. For more information, please visit the SHCC web site or contact the EAP at (352) 392-5787.











































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August, 2011  

Older adults need special care

UF Physicians Senior Care offers expert, dedicated attention to seniors

Picture of Kenrique Kallas examining a patient

Henrique Kallas, M.D., medical director of UF Physicians Senior Care, examines a patient.

Older adults are living longer than ever.

By 2030, adults age 65 and older will make up 20 percent of the U.S. population, according to estimates from the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Census Bureau. That translates to 70 million older adults, about 10 million of whom will be 85 or older.

To maintain good health and independence, seniors need care from providers who know just what they need.

Geriatricians play a key role.

“Older patients are staying functional, so we need more physicians who can take care of their specific problems and keep them safe for as long as possible,” said Henrique Kallas, M.D., C.M.D., a clinical assistant professor of aging and geriatric research in the UF College of Medicine and medical director of UF Physicians Senior Care, a practice dedicated to treating older adults.

Specially trained to care for older adults, geriatricians are experts in identifying and addressing health concerns that are common among seniors. Those issues include memory and sleep disorders, loss of strength, poor nutrition, improper gait and balance, susceptibility to falls, urinary incontinence and complications associated with the use of multiple medications. In addition, geriatrics specialists help to manage disabilities and chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and hypertension.

Other types of medical providers such as psychiatrists, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists and pharmacists also specialize in the care of older adults and help ensure their overall health.

Various studies have shown that geriatric care increases patient and family satisfaction as well as social and physical functioning, and decreases rates of depression and time spent as a hospital or nursing home inpatient.

At UF Physicians Senior Care, board-certified geriatricians and other geriatrics professionals provide preventive and primary care for healthy adults 65 and older, as well as urgent care and treatment of chronic illnesses.

Examination rooms are larger than average, with space for physicians to check how well seniors walk and balance themselves. And office visits are leisurely and senior-paced.

“Older people tend to have more medical issues, so time is important,” Kallas said. “They need more time and more attention to age-related problems.”

Located in Shands Medical Plaza, the practice is next door to other specialty practices, allowing easy patient referrals. Onsite laboratory, pharmacy and radiology services mean that patients don’t have to travel to a second location for follow-up care. Complimentary valet and garage parking sweetens the deal.

“It’s all very much adapted for older patients,” Kallas said.

To learn more about UF Physicians Senior Care visit the UF Institute on Aging website. To schedule an appointment, call 352-265-0615.

And remember, UF employees and their family members get the GatorAdvantage — expedited access at UF Physicians practices and Shands at UF outpatient facilities, and complimentary parking. Just remember to say, “I am a GatorAdvantage member” when you call for an appointment, and at checkout.

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