Saint Louis University’s Gateway Geriatric Education Center work developing leading-edge education for current and future geriatric professionals 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.
A training video was developed to teach health care professionals to complete the RGA on their patients 65 years of age and over.
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.
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
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Affiliated Educational Programs
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.
Steamy St. Louis Heat Life-threatening for Some
Dr. Berg-Weger speaks of the compounding risks to the elderly population.
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.
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.