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Geriatric Services and Palliative Care

Comprehensive Care for Older Adults and Those Living With Serious Illness

Men and women in the United States are living much longer compared to the past, with many adults living well into their 80s, 90s and beyond.

Whether dealing with advancing age, serious illness or both, these patients require specialized, coordinated and patient-centered health care.

The Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at University hospitals is dedicated to improving health, managing symptoms, and enhancing qualify of life for older adults and seriously ill patients of any age. We provide multidisciplinary, team-based care in order to address the physical, psychological and social challenges our patients face.


Collaboration by a Team of Specialists

The geriatric medicine and palliative care teams collaborate to ensure each patient receives the care and medical services they need by:

  • Treating illness
  • Maintaining/improving level of functioning
  • Enhancing quality of life
  • Managing pain
  • Minimizing treatment side effects
  • Preventing and treating problems common in older adults
  • Focusing on what matters most to each person
  • Providing emotional, psychological and spiritual support for patients, families and caregivers throughout their care

All services are delivered with compassion and seek to preserve patient dignity regardless of age or health status.

Our Philosophy of Care

To provide clinical services, educational programs, and research activities aimed at improving care and outcomes for older adults and those living with serious illness across the care continuum through compassionate, patient-centered, collaborative and innovative practice.

Geriatric Services

Comprehensive physical, psychological and social care for older adults.

Palliative Care

Supportive care and symptom management for patients being treated for serious illness.