- The U.S. Census Bureau defines an "older American" as anyone over 65 years of age.
- Today in the United States, the life span for men averages 74.8 years.
- The average life span for women in the United States is 80.1 years.
- In 1990, Americans over age 65 represented 4% of the population; by 2000, they accounted for nearly 13%.
- It's projected that by the year 2030, one in five people will be age 65 or older.
Understanding geriatricians and gerontologists
With age comes wisdom, along with a variety of new needs. Attending to older Americans' needs is the work of geriatricians and gerontologists.
- Geriatricians treat the medical and psychosocial issues of aging.
- Gerontologists study the issues of aging.
About the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
EVMS was one of the first medical schools in the nation to require that all medical students receive additional training in geriatrics!
With support from both EVMS Department of Medicine and EVMS Family and Community Medicine, the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at EVMS provides high quality, innovative care to the aging population.
With a comprehensive menu of services for every stage of senior healthcare, we diagnose and treat complex medical, physical, and cognitive memories issues.
Bahar Niknejad, MD
Bahar Niknejad, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, completed her combined Internal Medicine/Geriatrics medicine residency and fellowship training at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Since joining EVMS as a resident, she has led in-patient medicine teams of residents and medical students where she has the opportunity to teach others. Dr. Niknejad's main area of research interest is dementia and neurocognitive disorders.
Matthew E. Bourcier, PA-C
Matt Bourcier began his research as a student in Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Master of Physician Assistant program from December 1999 until his graduation in 2001. After working in Occupational Medicine for five years, he rejoined the Strelitz Diabetes Center to begin working in the Neuroendocrine and Clinical Research Units in May 2006. His areas of interest include the diagnosis/management of diabetic neuropathies and neuroendocrine tumors.
M.C. Galicia-Castillo, MD, MSEd, CMD, FACP, AGSF, FAAHPM
Marissa Galicia-Castillo, MD, FAAHPM, Director of the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, is the John Franklin Distinguished Chair for Geriatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has been recognized by Coastal Virginia Magazine as a “Top Doc” in both Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine since 2008.
Hamid R. Okhravi, MD
Dr. Hamid Okhravi is the Alfred E. Abiouness Endowed Professor at the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology where he is the Medical Director of the Memory Consultation Clinic for diagnosing and treating patients with different types of cognitive disorders. He is the principal investigator of the EVMS Memory Clinic Registry Project which will become the most comprehensive memory clinic registry in the State of Virginia.