Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health Welcomes New Medical Director

Williamsburg, Va.- The Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health (CEALH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Coleman, D.O. as the medical director of the aging-related services and research nonprofit arm of Riverside Health System.

Passionate about caring for the older adult population, Coleman is excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of older adults across southeastern Virginia through CEALH's varied programs and services.

"Living longer isn't just a challenge, it's also an opportunity," Coleman said. "And that opportunity centers on the ongoing commitment of CEALH to promote independence, dignity and the health of older adults and the people who care for them."

Services and programs at CEALH today include, among others, a Geriatric Assessment Clinic, Driver Rehabilitation Clinic, Chronic Disease Self Management Program, 'Caring for You, Caring for Me' Program and Operation Family Caregiver.

With the population of citizens over 65 in the United States expected to reach more than 20 percent by 2030, the demand for medical care for older patients will continue to grow. To keep pace with that projected growth, Coleman said the expansion of the scale and scope of services offered through CEALH, including community outreach and education, is a primary focus in the coming years.

"An important part of those efforts is educating primary care providers throughout the region about geriatric principles, including the value in placing a greater emphasis on areas such as end-of-life care, falls, incontinence, prescription drugs, screenings and preventive care," Coleman said. "Basically, it's about acknowledging that older adults are a large and growing segment of the population with unique needs related to their health and quality of life."

Coleman joins CEALH having also served as medical director at The Gardens at Warwick Forest, Riverside's active living retirement community in Newport News near York County where she maintains a primary care practice that includes residents of The Gardens Care Residence, which provides short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and memory care.
A 2011 graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Coleman completed her residency and Geriatric Medicine fellowship in 2014 at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, where she was a recipient of the Family Medicine Center Paramedical Staff Outstanding Resident award.
For Coleman the joy of treating older adults comes from being able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of her patients.

"What it offers is a chance to treat the whole person, to get involved with educational and social support as well as direct care," she said. "While it may not be one of the more glamorous specialties in medicine, geriatrics is definitely a calling for me."

About Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health:

The Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to integrate interdisciplinary aging research with clinical capabilities to develop innovative programming that can be applied and sustained by Riverside Health System, the community and other providers of aging-related services to improve care and better meet the needs of a growing older adult population. Services and programs include, among others, a Geriatric Assessment Clinic, Driver Rehabilitation Clinic, Chronic Disease Self Management Program, 'Caring for You, Caring for Me' Program and Operation Family Caregiver. To learn more, visit www.riversideonline.com/cealh.

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