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.
A training video was developed to teach health care professionals to complete the RGA on their patients 65 years of age 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 Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Clinic is closed for now. We will update this space when the Clinic is re-opened. 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 Friday of every month at the Health Resource Center located at 1408 N. Kingshighway Blvd. Suite 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.