Geriatric primary care provides a team-based approach to managing your chronic conditions, helping you when an illness or injury takes you by surprise, and helping you age well.
Partners for a lifetime of care
Our team includes family, geriatric and internal medicine doctors. These doctors coordinate your care with specialists in nursing, nutrition, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy and social work. When you need care from a specialist, you get the most advanced care available, from diabetes experts to world-renowned heart and vascular specialists. We take a holistic approach to care. This includes disease management and prevention, functional rehabilitation and end-of-life care.
Programs and research
Specialized care programs
We provide many programs to manage specific age-related conditions. Our offerings include:
The Memory Assessment Clinic is for patients typically over the age of 65. Comprehensive consultations for memory disorders occur with our care team (geriatric provider, social worker, and neuropsychologist) Patients who would benefit are those with any of the following concerns:
Atypical features of dementia
Evidence for declining functional status related to cognitive issues
Associated behavior problems
Our Acute Care for Elders (ACE) team provides care, support, and education to patients 60 years and older and their families. If you are a person caring for a loved one who is currently hospitalized, or if you are currently experiencing stress during a hospital stay, members of our ACE team provide a holistic approach to care, from disease management and prevention to functional rehabilitation and transitions of care.
A 360-degree health evaluation
Our ACE team members perform comprehensive health evaluations and coordinate resources across medical specialties. Each patient receiving support from ACE has a multidisciplinary care team:
Advanced practice providers
Clinical nurse specialist
Regular follow-up: The cornerstone of our ACE consult services are the daily discussions, where the full multi-disciplinary care team reviews patient status and shares recommendations.
Plan of care
ACE geriatric consultations can be requested by physicians before, during or shortly after a patient is admitted to the hospital.
The ACE team then collaborates with all health professionals on all facets of care for the older adult, the team meets daily to discuss concerns about each patient, including common geriatric problems such as:
Mental or memory changes
Falls and mobility
Living at home longer
Our ACE team is also available to provide support and education to patients and family caregivers on other aging-related needs. The team consists of:
Clinical nurse specialist
Our consult clinics help address mobility and falls prevention, perioperative optimization for seniors undergoing elective surgeries (with a surgeon’s referral) and overall geriatric assessments to cover multiple health care areas in a single visit, as well as our memory disorders clinic.
As adults age, our specialty consult clinics address your specific needs to benefit your individual health care plan to benefit:
• Decreased chance of admission to a hospital, nursing home or other care facility
• Improved independence and living healthfully
• Reduced adverse effects of medications
• Enhanced care management with primary care team
• Improved functional status for mind and body
• Decreased risk of falling and improved motion and mobility
Geriatric consultations are a convenient, efficient way for referring physicians to set up evaluations of their older patients and determine what UW Health specialty clinic care aligns best to their needs.
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Our Geriatric Assessment Consult Care Team (geriatric provider, nurse case manager, social worker) provide a comprehensive consultation to understand patient history, current health concerns and symptoms and changes in physical or mental stability.
The Geriatric Assessment Clinic is for our older adults, typically over the age of 65, with complicated health profiles that might include:
Decline in functional status and/or declined capacity for self-care
History of recent or frequent past falls
Early or progressive memory recall
Complex medications, including a history of adverse drug reactions
Late-life depression, anxiety, sleep issues and/or other psychiatric difficulties
Many people have a friend or relative who has fallen or have fallen themselves. Falls are one of the most common unfortunate events among older patients. Geriatric patients who are 65 years and older with weakness, frailty, poor vision, foot numbness, medication interactions and disorders like dementia are at higher risk for falling; these events can often result in an injury that could increase the risk of complications and mortality, particularly among older adults. The Mobility and Falls Clinic is for our older adults who are experiencing:
Recurrent falls with or without physical injury
Fear of falling with functional consequences
Declining mobility and function
Being referred to our Mobility and Falls Clinic allows for our multidisciplinary team (geriatrician, social worker, physical therapist) to review your history, symptoms and current mobility.
A comprehensive consultation will allow our team to recommend a physical activity program, walking aides and footwear, home modifications, medication adjustments and other suggestions to prevent future falls. Patients will be evaluated to determine if it is beneficial to schedule additional physical therapy to decrease the risk of falling.
Our Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health Clinic is recommended for patients over the age of 60 who are referred by their surgeons for assistance in preparing for complex surgeries such as knee replacement, shoulder joints, hip joints, etc.
Older adults have a greater risk of certain health complications during and after surgery; this is why our POSH team (geriatric provider, social worker, nurse care manager, pharmacist) is consulted to help prepare for the best outcomes before surgery, during hospital rehabilitation and after surgery for a healthy recovery. Surgery categories include:
Gastrointestinal oncology surgeries
Gynecological oncology surgeries
In order to assure a safe discharge POSH patients are followed in the hospital by the ACE inpatient geriatric team to plan for your recovery, discussing:
Advancing Alzheimer’s disease care through research
At UW Health, we research and study many aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. We want to improve the diagnosis, care and management for patients and families living with the condition. Our efforts include:
The center focuses on improving early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. We work to identify risk and protective factors and find ways to delay and slow Alzheimer’s. Learn more
The institute houses one of the world’s largest and longest-running studies of people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP). WRAP follows 1,580 people to learn about factors that impact Alzheimer’s. We share our data with other researchers. Learn more
Conditions and treatments
Age-related conditions and advanced treatments
Our geriatric physicians provide preventive services. They also assist with physical and emotional limitations that are common in older adults. These include:
Decrease in performance of basic activities of daily living
Improving your independence and quality of life
At UW Health, we offer assistance with:
Acute care for elders
Evaluating and managing age-associated sleep changes
Managing behavior changes related to dementia
Mobility and falls, including fall prevention education
Mood disorder (anxiety and depression) management
Occupational physical therapy
On-site care for residents in the Oakwood Village assisted living or nursing home settings
Primary geriatric care
Meet our team
A supportive care team
The geriatrics team at UW Health includes experts in primary and specialty care for older patients.
Expert care near you
We offer specialized geriatrics care at UW Health clinics in Fitchburg, Madison and Prairie du Sac.
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