Helping Older Adults Live Well As They Live Longer
The Division of Geriatric Medicine trains the future leaders in Geriatric Medicine to meet the healthcare needs of America’s older adults. Our expertise in providing complex comprehensive care to older patients shapes the didactic, research, and clinical experience of UNC medical students, residents, and fellows. Through multiple partnerships with diverse Divisions, Departments, and Schools at the nation’s oldest public university, the Division’s work brings the latest evidence-based findings into healthcare practice to improve the care of older adults.
Our Faculty are outstanding clinician-educators who serve as Course Leaders, Program Directors, Clinical Directors, and Investigators for research grants. Through our Geriatrics Specialty Clinic, Geriatric Inpatient Hospital Service (ACE unit), community-based Continuing Care Retirement Center clinics, and Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) affiliations, we offer diverse learning experiences in a variety of clinical settings.
Our Center for Aging and Health is a leading force in expanding geriatrics expertise throughout the state’s health workforce and provider network. Center programs promote best practices for aging health and advance new strategies for practice change such as the Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative, Project ECHO Geriatric Care medical education, and the Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (CGWEP).
Adults over 85 are the fastest growing segment of the US population. In North Carolina, adults 65 and older will increase from 1.6 million to 2.6 million in the next two decades. Our goal is to leverage this new age of aging to improve care for older patients, who are helping to re-write medical history as they pioneer new horizons in health and longevity.
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