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Beneficiary: St. Luke’s Center for Positive Aging


Proceeds from the 103rd St. Luke’s Charity Ball, A Toast to Classic Hollywood, will benefit St. Luke’s Center for Positive Aging. Today in the Lehigh Valley, 15% of the population is 65 years of age and older, and will only increase over time. St. Luke's is taking a leadership role in the community now, enlisting a team of geriatricians, nurse practitioners and social workers to provide a continuum of care.

At our hospitals, a large percentage of our patients are seniors 65 and older. St. Luke’s Center for Positive Aging’s purpose is to develop and implement best practices for senior care offering a holistic approach to the physical, emotional, social, and functional needs of aging patients and their families.

Aging in place is the process of living where you have lived for years, using products, services and conveniences that allow you to remain in the place you call home, safely and independently, as you get older.

St. Luke’s Center for Positive Aging’s interdisciplinary team helps seniors and caregivers get the most out of life with a wealth of programs, classes and tools designed by geriatric specialists. Services provided by St. Luke’s Center for Positive Aging include:
  • Senior Assessment helps the St. Luke’s team and the patient’s family with understanding the patient’s medical history, health conditions and needs. 
  • Comfort Zone Adult Medical Daycare offers structured medical and social services in a safe, secure and homelike group setting for adults age 60 and over. 
  • Mindstreams Cognitive Health Assessment is an advanced computerized, scientific system that assists physicians with diagnosing and treating cognitive problems.
  • The Memory Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of memory and concentration problems.
  • St. Luke’s Senior Care Associates is a team of fellowship-trained geriatricians and advanced practitioners providing care in outpatient and inpatient settings along with medical leadership in long-term care and assisted living facilities.
  • Surgical Services Program coordinates care and communication for patients and their families before, during and post-surgery, providing the highest quality of care.
  • Inpatient Geriatric ACE Consultation is a team of geriatricians, pharmacists and nurses working collaboratively with physical therapists, nutritionists, case managers and a patient’s primary care team with the goal of preventing functional decline.

Proceeds from the 2015 Charity Ball

Demands on the program increase each day and system-wide implementation and training are essential for success of the program. Priorities for the future of St. Luke’s Center for Positive Aging include improving access to education, coordination of care for older adults and their caregivers and investing in the services and equipment across the network to improve the health and wellness of older adults.