by Paula Fanken
It’s not unusual for Liz and Rick DeStefano of Scranton to spend three or four days a week at 65 Forward, taking a class in the morning, staying for lunch with friends and then taking another class in the afternoon. “Before we joined 65 Forward, we spent a lot of time sitting around at home,” Ms. DeStefano explains. “Now we have plenty to do, and we’ve made many new friends — lifelong friends. The people at 65 Forward have become our second family.”
Liz and Rick DeStefano take part in an arts and crafts class at Geisinger 65 Forward in Scranton.
“Stay moving and stay active and 65 can be the beginning of an exciting new chapter,” says Rhoda Fitzgibbons of Archbald. “Take it from me — I’m a newlywed.” Ms. Fitzgibbons and her husband, John Troiani, are redefining life beyond the age of 65 with the help of Geisinger 65 Forward in Scranton, as well as the help of Kenneth Tomczyk, DO, her 65 Forward primary care doctor. “I can talk to him about anything.” she says. “And I never have to wait long to see him. Someone is always there to greet me and make me feel at home. The staff cares about you physically and emotionally here. That’s obvious.”
Rhoda Fitzgibbons discusses her care plan with Kenneth Tomczyk, DO, at Geisinger 65 Forward in Scranton.
Lou and Barb Borino of Harding are members of the 65 Forward in Kingston. Joining 65 Forward was an easy decision for them. They followed their primary care provider, James Tricarico, DO, when he left the Geisinger Pittston clinic for Geisinger 65 Forward in Kingston.
“Dr. Tricarico is very caring. He looks you right in the eye when he’s talking to you. He’s never rushed,” says Mr. Borino. “We’ve been to other places where doctors are always typing — no eye contact. Everyone deserves to be treated the way we’re treated here.”
As with the Scranton location, Kingston members have an entire team devoted to their care. “I have some medical issues, so the team designed a program to fit my needs,” says Mr. Borino. “The nutritionist tweaked my diet and the wellness coordinator designed an exercise program just for me. And the weight is coming off — I feel better than I have in years.”
Lou and Barb Borino lift weights during a group fitness class in Kingston. The gym and classes offer people age 65 and older a welcoming place to work out, no matter what their fitness level or goals are.
“At 65 Forward, you meet people who are going through the same things you are. The camaraderie is amazing,” says Ms. Borino. “I used to imagine what 70 would feel like and I’d picture something completely different than the way I feel today. Age is just a number. Get up, get moving, stay active and stay involved. 65 Forward helps with all of that.”
“As my husband and I always say, ‘If you have your health you have wealth,’” adds Ms. Fitzgibbons. “It’s the most important thing.”
“If you have your health you have wealth. It’s the most important thing.”