If you are coping with medical problems or cognitive impairment, you may need specialized care and assistance. That’s why our care teams focus on the medical, social, and psychological issues that often affect older adults who may have complex and multiple health concerns.
A Team of Geriatric Specialists
Our geriatric medicine experts complete additional training in geriatrics, which prepares them to meet the unique needs of older adults and deliver the most appropriate care. Our team of geriatric physicians, social workers, psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physical and occupational therapists work with you and your loved ones to help you prevent and/or manage the chronic diseases, long-term illnesses, or functional decline. In addition, we coordinate care with your primary care doctor and 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 associated with functional decline and neurological disorders. We also offer long-term care consultation, planning, and referrals. Many of these services are provided through the Duke Dementia Family Support Program, a component of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.