Healthy Aging: Geriatric Care at CCCHC

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Healthy Aging: Geriatric Care at CCCHC

Aging is a natural part of life, and as individuals grow older, their healthcare needs evolve. Geriatric care,
dedicated to the health and well-being of older adults, plays a crucial role in promoting healthy aging
and maintaining quality of life. At CCCHC, as a Federally Qualified Healthcare facility, geriatric care is
approached with compassion, expertise, and a focus on addressing the unique needs of older adults. In
this exploration, we will delve into the comprehensive geriatric care services offered at CCCHC,
emphasizing preventive measures, specialized treatments, and support for aging individuals in Los

Holistic Assessment and Preventive Care:

1. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments:
CCCHC’s geriatric care begins with comprehensive assessments to evaluate physical health, cognitive
function, emotional well-being, and social support systems. These assessments help identify potential
risks and develop personalized care plans.

2. Preventive Screenings and Vaccinations:
Preventive screenings for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer are
essential components of geriatric care at CCCHC. Vaccinations, including flu shots and pneumococcal
vaccines, are recommended to protect against infectious diseases.

3. Fall Risk Assessment and Prevention:
Falls are a significant concern for older adults, and CCCHC conducts fall risk assessments to identify
potential hazards and implement strategies to prevent falls, such as exercise programs, home
modifications, and medication reviews.

Chronic Disease Management:

1. Multidisciplinary Approach to Chronic Conditions:
CCCHC’s geriatric care team takes a multidisciplinary approach to managing chronic conditions
commonly seen in older adults, including hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, and dementia.
Treatment plans may involve medication management, lifestyle modifications, and coordination with

2. Medication Management:
Older adults often take multiple medications, increasing the risk of adverse drug reactions and
interactions. CCCHC’s geriatric care team provides medication reviews, deprescribing when appropriate,
and educates patients and caregivers about medication management.

3. Pain Management:
Chronic pain is prevalent among older adults and can significantly impact quality of life. CCCHC offers
comprehensive pain management services, including medication management, physical therapy, and
complementary therapies to alleviate pain and improve function.


Cognitive Health and Dementia Care:

1. Memory Screening and Cognitive Assessments:
CCCHC conducts memory screenings and cognitive assessments to detect early signs of cognitive
impairment or dementia. Early intervention and support services can help individuals and families
navigate the challenges associated with cognitive decline.

2. Dementia Care Planning:
For individuals diagnosed with dementia, CCCHC’s geriatric care team develops personalized care plans
focused on managing symptoms, supporting caregivers, and promoting safety and independence for as
long as possible.

3. Memory Enhancement Programs:
CCCHC offers memory enhancement programs and cognitive stimulation activities to support cognitive
health and delay the progression of cognitive decline in older adults.

Palliative and End-of-Life Care:

1. Advance Care Planning:
CCCHC facilitates advance care planning discussions to help older adults articulate their preferences for
medical treatment and end-of-life care. Advance directives, including living wills and durable powers of
attorney for healthcare, are established based on individual wishes.

2. Palliative Care Services:
Palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life for older adults with serious
illnesses. CCCHC’s interdisciplinary palliative care team provides holistic support to address physical,
emotional, and spiritual needs.

3. Hospice Care Coordination:
For individuals nearing the end of life, CCCHC coordinates hospice care services to ensure comfort and
dignity in the final stages of illness. Support is provided to patients and their families throughout the
hospice care journey.

Geriatric Mental Health and Social Support:

1. Psychosocial Assessments:
CCCHC conducts psychosocial assessments to evaluate older adult’s mental health, social support
networks, and overall well-being. Referrals to mental health professionals or support groups are made
as needed.

2. Social Services and Community Resources:
Older adults may benefit from social services and community resources to address social isolation,
transportation issues, housing concerns, and financial challenges. CCCHC connects individuals with
community-based programs and support services to enhance quality of life.

3. Caregiver Support and Education:
Recognizing the important role of caregivers, CCCHC provides support and education to family members
and caregivers of older adults. Caregiver support groups, respite care services, and educational
workshops are available to help caregivers navigate the complexities of caregiving.

CCCHC’s geriatric care services are designed to promote healthy aging, enhance quality of life, and
support the unique needs of older adults in Los Angeles. By focusing on preventive care, chronic disease
management, cognitive health, and end-of-life planning, CCCHC’s geriatric care team ensures that older
adults receive comprehensive and compassionate care tailored to their individual needs. Through
collaboration with patients, families, and community resources, CCCHC strives to empower older adults
to age with dignity, independence, and optimal well-being.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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