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IPE Geriatrics Fellows and “The Ideal Older Adult Outpatient Clinic Visit”

May 16, 2019

UNC’s 4th cohort of Interprofessional Geriatrics Fellows featured a cardiologist, a doctor of nursing practice, a pharmacist and a dental hygienist learning as a team about best practices of person-centered interprofessional geriatric medicine. On May 6, they wrapped up their 2018-2019 fellowship year with an insightful look at what makes a health care provider’s office … Continued

Palliative Care: On the Rise in US and UNC

April 11, 2019

Palliative care is specialized medical care to promote comfort and quality of life for people with serious illness – whatever the diagnosis or life expectancy – and to ensure that treatment aligns with patient goals and values. Palliative care is on the rise in the US and here at UNC. The Division of Geriatric Medicine extends … Continued

Geriatric Heart Health: Goals of Care

February 14, 2019

Dr. Beth Rosenberg is a cardiologist and Fellow in the Division of Geriatric Medicine’s Interprofessional Geriatric Fellowship Program, where providers learn about geriatric medicine from the diverse perspectives of pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, and cardiology. Dr. Rosenberg shares her expertise regarding older hearts, cardiology guidelines, and older patients’ goals of care. Read more

Senior Mentors Teach about Patient-Centered Care

January 31, 2019

Senior Mentor Program, the School of Medicine’s long-running program to build skills, compassion, and aging-related awareness among medical school students kicked off this week with a Carolina Club luncheon for 195 students and 100-plus mentors. Read more

Post-Operative Delirium Leads to Cognitive Decline in All Patients

January 22, 2019

Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician and Geriatrician Dr. Adrian Austin’s and Division of Geriatric Medicine Chief Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead’s study on pre-operative cognitive impairment, post-operative delirium, and longterm cognitive function after non-emergent surgery is the lead article in a recently published issue of JAMA Surgery. Read more

Dr. Adrian Austin’s Delirium Research

December 5, 2018

“In my residency, I had a lot of critical care and geriatrics time. Many patients were delirious, and it complicated the management of just about everything. I started thinking about delirium and what we should be doing about it. Back then, people didn’t call it delirium. Patients were just ‘confused.’ Well, why is everybody confused?” Read more

Hillsborough is NC’s First Geriatrics Accredited ED

November 23, 2018

As the state’s first geriatrics-certified hospital, UNC Medical Center’s Hillsborough Hospital continuously improves elder care. The hospital is the first in North Carolina to receive Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA). Read more

Making Hospitals Dementia Friendly

November 4, 2018

The Duke Endowment funded UNC’s Center for Aging and Health to train four hospitals in best practices of “dementia-friendly” patient care. The Dementia-Friendly Hospital Initiative (DFHI) will transform the hospital experience for patients with dementia. Read more