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The Gateway Geriatric Education Center

Saint Louis University’s Gateway Geriatric Education Center develops leading-edge education for current and future geriatric professionals and 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 Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, the center reaches a large number of students, professionals, direct care workers, older adults and their support networks. 

 In 2015, we were funded by a three-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to lead an initiative to improve the health of older Missourians by training primary care health providers in geriatrics. The initiative targets underserved areas: urban north St. Louis city and county and rural Perry County and an eight county region in northeast Missouri, 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), a screening tool that can be used by primary care providers to assess frailty, nutrition, loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia), and cognitive function. 

Download the RGA

A training video was developed to teach health care professionals to complete the RGA on their patients 65 years of age and over. 

View the training video

Call for Abstracts on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and other Non-Pharmacological Therapies for Persons with Dementia

All abstracts must be submitted via email to by 11:59 pm (Central Standard Time) on March 1, 2019.  Notifications will be emailed to submitters within two weeks of submission.

Abstracts accepted for presentation at the 3rd International Cognitivie Stimulation Therapy Conference will be published in a special document included in the attendee materials at the event.

Poster Presentation - Abstracts of no more than 350 words will be accepted using the following guidelines (word count does not include title, authors' names and affiliations). The abstract must include the following sections:

  • Title, names, and affiliations of the presenting author(s)
  • Background and rationale of the study
  • Objectives of the study
  • Methods, including study design, setting, study population, and outcome measure(s)
  • Results, including statistical analyses conducted and results
  • Conclusions and Implications (practice, research, education and/or policy)

Symposia (1 hour):  Abstracts are not being accepted for symposia.  However if you have a proposed concept for a symposium, please contact Marla Berg-Weger, PhD, LCSW, to discuss at


New Cognitive Stimulation Therapy at the Memory Clinic

The Memory Clinic is a service provided by the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy at Saint Louis University and supervised by Max Zubatsky, Ph.D., LMFT, program director. 

View the story that appeared on KSDK on April 9


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.

2019 Summer Geriatric Institute

The Gateway Geriatric Education Center is hosting its 30th annual Saint Louis University Summer Geriatric Institute: Geriatric Pearls  on June 12-13, 2019. Next year's Summer Institute is being held on Wednesday-Thursday instead of the customary Monday-Tuesday due to the fact that we are co-hosting the Annual International CST Conference on June 10-11, 2019.  Details for both conferences will be available in March of 2019.  Save the dates!

Aging Successfully Newsletters

Issues of our annual newsletter, Aging Successfully, are available for download:

Spring 2018       Spring 2017     Spring 2016

Affiliated Educational Programs

Gerontology (Graduate Certificate)

Geriatric Assessment Clinic

Saint Louis University’s Health Resource Center and the Geriatric Education Center (GEC) are offering a free Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment clinic for people 65 years of age or older, on the first Thursday of every month at the Health Resource Center located at 1408 N. Kingshighway Blvd. No. 213.

The appointment is approximately two hours in length and includes assessments by medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, speech therapy and social work professionals. To schedule an appointment, please contact the SLU Geriatrics Division Office at 314-977-8462. 

Recent Broadcasts

Steamy St. Louis Heat Life-threatening for Some

Dr. Berg-Weger speaks of the compounding risks to the elderly population.

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Family Caregivers Feel the Strain as More People Choose to Age at Home

Dr. Marla Berg-Weger is quoted in a broadcast on St. Louis Public Radio on Caregivers.

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What Should Doctors Be Asking Their Older Patients? A New Screening Tool May Help.

John Morley, M.D., director of the Gateway Geriatric Education Center, discussed the health issues older adults should watch for, as well as a new screening tool to identify them.

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