Saint Louis University’s Gateway Geriatric Education Center develops leading-edge education for current and future geriatric professionals. It has been funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a quarter of a century.
The center has trained tens of thousands of public groups, students and professionals across the region and country. As part of the SLU School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, the center reaches many students, professionals, direct care workers, older adults and their support networks.
Funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supports initiatives to improve the health of older Missourians by training primary care health providers in geriatric medicine. This initiative targets the State of Missouri, particularly those areas designated as medically underserved, where the impact of the shortage of health care providers who understand the special needs of geriatric patients is amplified.
One of the major components of the grant is the Rapid Geriatric Assessment (RGA). Primary care providers can use this screening tool to assess frailty, nutrition, loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) and cognitive function.
A training video was developed to teach health care professionals to complete the RGA on patients 65 and over.
Health Resources and Services Administration Training Curriculum: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Supplemental Modules on Caregiving (2017). Visit the HRSA website to view the modules.
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Geriatric Assessment Clinic
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the free Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Clinic is held virtually at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of every month. The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment clinic is for people 65 or older. We will schedule a pre-clinic time to complete a technology orientation check.
The appointment is approximately two hours long and includes assessments by medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, speech therapy and social work professionals. Referrals and scheduling can be completed by calling the Saint Louis University Aging and Memory Clinic at 314-977-3365 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Gateway Geriatric Education Center Nursing Home Education Project
In partnership with post-acute and long-term care experts, our Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program has produced a set of brief, recorded presentations that focus on optimizing care for older adults living in long-term care settings.
The recordings may be accessed individually as well as be incorporated into in-service trainings. The recordings may be viewed by using the following link.