Aging and Geriatrics

Almost everyone has been impacted by a person over the age of 65 years. Whether it be a beloved grandparent, aging parent, cherished spouse, work mentor or loyal friend, seniors are a vital part of our lives. At Northwestern Geriatrics, we value seniors and all that they have accomplished and continue to accomplish.  The field of geriatrics has shown that the health problems of people in their 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 100’s are vastly different than those seen in an average 40 y/o patient. Seniors have distinct medical needs, often due to the complexity of their health problems. Accordingly, many seniors benefit from meeting physicians who know geriatric medicine.  At Northwestern, we want to ensure that the next generation of physicians are well-equipped to care for seniors. It is no longer about one pill treating one medical problem. It is about ordering physical therapy, obtaining new glasses, and reducing sedating medications, in order to prevent a senior from falling in their home – thus avoiding a hospitalization for a broken hip. Besides providing high quality health care to our seniors and teaching the next generation, we are conducting innovative research in the field of geriatrics. In order to continue to help our senior patients and the senior community at large, we are thinking outside of the box to develop ways to better provide care through research.  Here at Northwestern, we are strongly committed to meeting the needs of our seniors and hope you find our geriatric programs and research as exhilarating as we do.

Resources

Plan Your Lifespan is a free website to help people plan for health events that happen with age. Users can learn valuable information, connect to local resources, and share their plans with family and friends. This website is targeted at individuals age 65 and older along with their caregivers, family and friends.
 

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This  2-minute patient education video is targeted at individuals age 65 and older who are eligible to receive a pneumococcal vaccination. The video is designed to share key information about pneumonia and the pneumococcal vaccine as well as one man’s personal narrative about the importance of vaccination.  

This study was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (P01HS21141).

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