PCOM Hosts Healthy Aging Community Day for Bala Cynwyd Neighbors
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PCOM Hosts Healthy Aging Community Day

October 5, 2022

Medical students smile at a table as they interact with Park Tower residents at PCOM's Community DayOn Wednesday, September 28, PCOM's Community Wellness Initiative (CWI) hosted a Healthy Aging Community Day for residents of the Park Tower Apartments. Park Tower is an apartment community near the Philadelphia campus for people sixty-two years of age and older or residents with disabilities. The day offered residents a day of edutainment focused on physical and mental health and the opportunity to visit resource tables and socialize with their fellow residents.

“It was a great day with lots of engagement with the Park Tower residents,” shared Sean Morgan, PCOM's sponsorship officer. In total, there were one hundred and twenty-five participants. The day included a variety of health events, including a presentation from PCOM professor, Nicol Joseph, DO, program director for the geriatric fellowship and medical director of PCOM's Comprehensive Care Center, on overall health and wellness; a presentation on fall prevention from Maureen Krouse, of event sponsor Main Line Health, and blood pressure screenings administered by the PCOM Hearts student-run clinic.

PCOM students assist with taking blood pressure screenings at the CWI event.In addition to health-focused events, residents enjoyed music from DJ Disko and Bingo, facilitated by Marvetta Coleman of Highmark Whole Care. Guests were also invited to enjoy a lunch from Usrah Catering food truck and dessert from Rita’s Italian Ice.

“We are excited to be working with our local community to promote health and well-being,” said Stephen Castellano, chief practice operations officer for the PCOM Healthcare Centers. “Events like this give us the chance to show our patients and community members how important they are. Working with the CWI, we can enhance what we do at the PCOM Healthcare Centers and increase patient engagement and PCOM's presence in the communities we serve,” continued Castellano.

Park Tower resident smiles and interacts with a PCOM faculty member during a Healthy Aging presentationRegarding future events, Flo Byarms, director of PCOM's Community Wellness Initiative, shared, “We are hoping to build on the momentum and continue to promote healthy aging with the residents at Park Tower for many years to come!”

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