Senior Corner: Promoting healthy aging | Alexandria Times


By Mary Belanich

Many of Virginia Hospital Center’s programs and services exemplify its mission, “to be the best health system,” including the offerings of the senior health department.

For more than 20 years, senior health department staff has been a resource to the community by providing education and outreach about healthy aging. The programs, information and options can enable seniors to maintain independence and safety, both in their homes and in the community.

Here’s a look at the programs offered:

Philips Lifeline: Recognizing the value of — and need for — the Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service for vulnerable older adults, Virginia Hospital Center staff personally serves more than 1,000 individuals via the only hospital-based Lifeline program in the Washington, D.C. area.

Lifeline provides simple, fast access to help 24 hours a day, 365 days…



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