“The Wellness Center is to geriatrics is what the Holland Center is to performing arts.”
That is 76 year old Toby Fellman who is talking about the new Home Instead Center for Successful Aging in Omaha.
“We are in the first wave of the 79 million baby boomers that start turning 65 next year and those that are 85 and older are the fastest growing segment of our population.”
Dr. Sharon Brangman is the president of the American Geriatrics Society and made a stop in Omaha Monday to help celebrate the grand opening of this new facility at 38th Avenue and Leavenworth. She says it will help senior citizens age better and live longer through a number of services. She says facilities like this will become an absolute must in the very near future.
“There is no better time because we are riding the first ripples of the “silver tsunami” that will transform all aspects of our society especially medical care.”
Dr.Jane Potter with the University of Nebraska Medical Center says Home Instead will help address the needs of an increasing number of older citizens.
“This center will train tomorrow’s health providers to focus on the health of their patients and learn the needed skills in care of each of their older patients.”
Senior citizens throughout Nebraska and the entire region will be able to get a number of services in one location. The $10.2 million dollar center will provide medical services, fitness rooms, computer classes and an area for a number of social activities. The new center is scheduled to open in September.
The Holland Center in Omaha is a venue and concert hall.