Iora: Partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association in search of a cure

Iora Primary Care is focused on serving the healthcare needs of people ages 65 and older. Given the increasing risk of dementia as we age, that makes Iora’s connection with the Alzheimer’s Association a natural fit.

“When our patients and their loved ones have concerns, we complete a diagnostic workup, and then provide them with resources that address their functional and mental health needs, such as Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups,” said Weston Donaldson, Ph.D., behavioral health specialist at Iora.

A sponsor of the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Denver’s City Park, Iora will have a team of healthcare providers, health coaches, leadership members, patients and their families at the Walk to raise funds to support the education, programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association, and to help find a cure for the disease.

An estimated one of every three senior citizens in the United States who pass away in a given year had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Only 16 percent of seniors receive regular cognitive assessments during routine health check-ups. This, in turn, forces caregivers to provide an estimated 18.5 billion hours of annual voluntary, unpaid care valued at nearly $234 billion dollars. 

“We are proud to sponsor an organization that envisions a world without Alzheimer’s disease,” said Donaldson. “Iora is equally focused on the same cause. Every one of our team members and employees is committed to helping people live their happiest, healthiest lives. Some of our patients are affected by dementia and our care teams search for ways to help with the symptoms. Beyond the services of a ‘traditional’ doctor’s office, we go above and beyond for these patients as we have interactive, social group activities, such SilverSneakers, knitting groups, meditation, healthy cooking and more, that help provide a sense of purpose and community involvement.”

When specifically looking at dementia care, Iora involves family and friends in devising care geared to the individual.

“We recognize that supporting a patient with memory concerns necessarily involves working with families and others in the patient’s life,” said Doug Golding, M.D., market medical director for Iora. “We work with all involved to help meet the patient’s goals through this life transition.”

To learn more about Iora Primary Care, go to: www.ioraprimarycare.com.

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