After 20 years of caring for families at Pueblo Community Health Center, Dr. Rona Knudsen embraces her role as InnovAge PACE’s Center Medical Director, helping vulnerable older adults in the community. <br />
January 23, 2023
“Immigrant and LGBTQ+ populations are often the highest at-risk groups due to fewer social ties, language barriers, discrimination, and other barriers to care,” says Dr. Seema Siraj, medical director at InnovAge's Inland Empire PACE center in San Bernardino, California. “But all older adults need to be proactive about finding ways to stay connected – whether it’s by changing their environment, connecting with friends and family, or taking better care of their health and well-being.”
Siraj offers the following tips to help stay connected:
- Schedule a time each day to call a friend or visit someone
- Join an online group to play online activities together, including mind and memory games
- Get regular vision and hearing check-ups
- Stay physically active – join a walking group, Zumba, Tai Chi, or yoga class
- Get enough sleep to feel generally well-rested throughout the day
- Eat good, healthy meals
Is PACE Right For Me?
InnovAge’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) offers coordinated healthcare that includes in-home care, transportation, therapy, specialty care coordination, dental and vision, medication management, nutrition, and more. We have a team of experts to help seniors and their family caregivers decide if PACE may be right for you. Call us toll-free at 844-704-9613 TTY: 711 or answer a few short questions online and we'll contact you directly.