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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 is housed within the School of Medicine. Primarily, the Center advances innovative, high-quality geriatrics interprofessional education, research, and clinical care. As a result, we also work to improve the health and well-being of the aging population across North Carolina and the nation. Moreover, we support the Division of Geriatric Medicine to:

  • provide person-centered, exceptional clinical care to older patients
  • connect families and caregivers with community resources
  • train the next generation of Geriatricians

But we don’t stop there. Improving care for older adults means training different types of providers such as dentists, pharmacists, cardiologists, and even oncologists. Furthermore, we train these providers 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 UNC Center for Aging and Health can connect you to the right resources for aging well.

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From Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead

Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead

Words from the Chief

I am so privileged to be surrounded by so many great people. Each of our clinicians, researchers, staff members, and partners work so well together through various challenges. Without a doubt, their hard work allows us to continue advancing the field of Geriatrics. Also, we have so many wonderful patients in our care. Without them, where would we be? When we all work together, we can truly help older adults live well for longer.

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

  • 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