Nationally Ranked Geriatric Care
Specialized Care for Elderly People with Medical Concerns
Elderly people who are coping with medical problems or mental decline need additional specialized care and assistance. That’s the role of geriatric medicine. It focuses on the medical, social, and psychological issues that often affect older adults, who may have complex and multiple health concerns.
Our geriatric medicine experts complete additional training in geriatrics, which is a specialized branch of primary care. Our team of physicians, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists work with you or your loved ones to help you prevent and/or manage the chronic diseases and long-term illnesses that may accompany the aging process. Our geriatricians provide consultation and evaluation for older patients with multiple illnesses or functional impairment. In addition, we coordinate care with specialists throughout the Duke system, including cardiologists, cancer specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists, and others. We help you adapt to new living environments or impairments, and help you live the healthiest life possible.
Comprehensive Support Services
We work closely with caregivers to help them cope with the emotional, psychological, and physical challenges of living with and caring for a loved one. Our services include evaluation, counseling, and referrals for caregiver stress, daily-living challenges, and issues related to age-related decline and neurological disorders. We also offer long-term care consultation, planning, and referrals. Many of these services are provided through the Duke Family Support Program, a component of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.
Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Care
We maintain an outpatient psychiatry clinic for older patients facing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Team Approach to Care
Our geriatric specialists include nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and speech pathologists and audiologists, who work together to help you manage age-related disabilities, illnesses, and concerns. Likewise, chronic and complex medical conditions require us to partner with many specialists throughout Duke Health. We help you obtain the necessary treatment for your individual needs.