Geriatrics & Gerontology
The U.S. Census Bureau defines older Americans as those over 65 years of age. In 1990, Americans over age 65 represented 4 percent of the population; by 2000, they accounted for nearly 13 percent. since 2011, the "baby boom" generation has begun to turn 65, and by 2030, one in five people will be age 65 or older. The size of the older population is projected to double over the next 30 years. For health care practitioners, understanding the aging process leads to an improvement in the health and quality of life of their patients as they get older.
EVMS became one of the first medical schools in the nation to require that our medical students receive additional training in geriatrics. Both of our primary care departments in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Family & Community Medicine offer extensive geriatric services at multiple locations. EVMS Health Services remains committed to providing significant health care resources to the seniors of Hampton Roads.
In 1996, the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology was established to help older adults maintain the highest possible degree of function and independence. Our focus is on prevention, compassionate care and research involving age-related diseases and the chronic disabilities of aging. We offer a variety of services tailored to meet the special needs of older adults:
- Memory Consultation Clinic
- Driver Evaluation Program
- Geriatric Consultation
- Palliative Medicine Consultation Services
- Clinical Care services at local nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted-living facilities, continuing care retirement communitites and long-term transitional care hospitals
- Geriatric Research