Senior Clinics Treat the Whole Person, Not Just Medical Problems

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Oct 27, 2015

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For the most part, Utahns are a healthy bunch. Average life expectancy in the Beehive State is 79 the third highest in the nation. But helping people stay healthy and independent as they age requires expertise.

The Senior Clinics at Intermountain Healthcare are much more than a doctors office. These clinics specialize in helping people age 65 and older to maintain and improve their quality of life. Clinic staffers do this by paying attention to the needs of the whole individual, not just their medical problems. Senior Clinic employees are also on the alert for common risks, including the three main causes of premature disability and death:

1. Difficulty in managing multiple chronic illnesses

Often seniors find it challenging to manage multiple illnesses. Intermountain Senior Clinics are in a unique position to coordinate care for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, and memory loss.

2. Problems managing medications

Seniors may see several physicians and specialists who prescribe different treatments and medications. Some medications may actually counteract the benefits of other drugs. A Senior Clinic physician can evaluate all of a seniors medications and address these concerns.

3. Falls

When seniors fall, they are often hurt both psychologically and physically. Twenty-five percent of older adults lose confidence and avoid movement after a fall. That can lead to the development of other conditions, such as pneumonia. Fall prevention is a necessary part of treating seniors. The Senior Clinics assess a patients risk of falling at each visit.

In addition to these services, the Senior Clinics also provide:

Timely appointments

Acceptance of Medicare and most Medicare Advantage plans

Longer appointments to allow time for questions and a thorough exam

A board-certified physician and a nurse practitioner trained in geriatric care

Help with memory loss

Diabetic management and instruction

Laboratory services, including blood and urine tests

Nutritional counseling for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and weight loss or gain

Assistance with community resources, memory screenings, advanced care planning, referrals for home healthcare, medical equipment, and more

To learn more, visit Or call one of our clinics directly:

Alta View Hospital Senior Clinic

9720 S. 1300 East, Suite E240

Sandy, UT 84094


Intermountain Senior Clinic

5770 S. 250 East, Suite 210

Murray, UT 84107


Editors Note: This article was submitted by Carol Wilcox, LCSW.

Carol is the manager of the Alta View Hospital Senior Clinic and may be reached at 801-501-2025.

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