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Editorial: Clinic fills senior niche

The University of New Mexico College of Nursing’s Geriatric Education and Health Maintenance Clinic is celebrating its 25th year of staff, faculty and nursing students providing a wide range of much-needed health services for older adults in the metro area.

The clinic, managed by nurses, is much more than a teaching platform; it’s a symbiotic facility for older adults and around 150 students learning their trades annually. It provides our seasoned neighbors with about 700 free, unduplicated client visits a year in senior and multigenerational centers and at meal sites, covering everything from mental health screenings to medication counseling.

With New Mexico expected in 10 years to rank fourth in the nation for residents age 65 or older, here’s to another 25 years of getting medical information out to residents in the most accessible, affordable way possible.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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