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UNC's Center for Aging and Health helps older adults live well longer.


The Center for Aging and Health

The UNC Center for Aging and Health, housed within the School of Medicine, advances innovative, high-quality geriatrics interprofessional education, research, and clinical care to improve the health and well-being of the aging population across North Carolina and the nation. We support the Division of Geriatric Medicine to provide person-centered, exceptional clinical care to older patients; connect families and caregivers with community resources; and train the next generation of Geriatricians.

But we don’t stop there. Improving care for older adults means training different types of providers – including dentists, pharmacists, cardiologists, and oncologists – in best practices of geriatric medicine that are grounded in research, informed by patient priorities, and guided by compassion.

Whether you’re a medical resident applying to our Fellowship programs, a Triangle resident looking to become a patient, or a clinician taking our courses, the Center for Aging and Health can connect you to the right resources for aging well.

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Shakira Grant, pictured from the waist up, smiling and wearing a white lab coat

Grant receives $200,000 to study Impact of Multiple Myeloma on Older Adult Patients, Care Partners

The National Institute on Aging has awarded Shakira Grant, MBBS, and the UNC Center for Aging and Health a 2-year, $200,000 grant to study multiple myeloma.

Gwenn Garden, MD, PhD, pictured from the waist up, smiling and wearing a black sweater over a red top

Duke, UNC Awarded Grant to Establish Joint Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded funds from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Duke-UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, a prestigious Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).

Jan Busby-Whitehead MD and UNC MSTAR student Kemi Was

UNC MSTAR Program Funded by the National Institute on Aging

Through a third round of NIA funding, UNC’s Medical Students Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program will continue as a National Training Center from 2020 through 2025. Over 60 UNC faculty from 35 medical specialties across five Health Science Schools serve as volunteer student mentors.

UNC Geriatrics and Carolina Care Excellence Award

Geriatric Medicine News: Fall 2020

Publications, promotions, awards, research, presentations, and more – enjoy this recent roundup of Division of Geriatric Medicine Faculty News, including a video featuring staff and providers saying why UNC Geriatrics clinic wins a UNC Health Carolina Care Excellence Award every year!

From Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead

Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead

  • We’re the big picture doctors.

    “Geriatricians take a holistic view of the patient. We provide care that is focused on the functional activities of daily living. A patient’s chronological age is not important, their functional age is what matters. What can people do? What do they want and need to do?” Read more

–Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead
Mary and Thomas Hudson Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Aging and Health | Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine