Our elder care is provided by geriatricians: doctors who have special training and education that focuses on the unique health needs of aging adults. These physicians are fellowship-trained or board-certified in geriatric medicine, which means they have received years of specific training in the care of elderly patients.

University of Chicago Medicine doctors are supported by a dedicated and comprehensive team, which includes nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists and other members of the care team who are all specially trained to work with older adults.

We provide primary care and specialty medical services focused on the needs of aging adults. Because our program is devoted exclusively to older adults, our staff members are uniquely sensitive to the needs and abilities of seniors. This approach means we are better able to distinguish between normal changes caused by aging and changes caused by diseases.

Our geriatrics care team collaborates with other UChicago Medicine physicians and specialists in rheumatology, ophthalmology, neurology, oncology, geriatric psychiatry, dermatology, audiology, urology and other disciplines to meet our patients’ complex needs.

Under our specially designed model, all of our medical care is coordinated through a primary geriatrician. Even though patients may see several specialists outside of our program, this approach ensures all of our care is cohesive. Every doctor and care provider communicates with each other as well as with each patient’s family.

In addition to our specialty care, we offer wellness and prevention screenings designed to help older adults stay healthy and active for as long as possible. Our geriatricians provide thorough medical evaluations and offer recommendations about how changes in lifestyle and medications may improve a senior's health. We also provide age-appropriate screenings for cancer and other health conditions.

Our physicians offer:

  • Special expertise in diagnosing and treating memory disorders and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
  • Tailored care for older adults with cancer through our Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) clinic. This program was created to anticipate and address the specific care needs of elderly cancer patients and cancer survivors.

  • The latest treatments for arthritis and related diseases, with a special recognition of how these common conditions affect older adults

UChicago Medicine has a variety of programs designed to help the geriatric community, including:

  • Frail elders clinic: Provides comprehensive geriatric assessment of older adults who can benefit from the combined input of geriatricians, nurses and social workers. This program is for seniors who have chronic illness, multiple health problems, disability or diminished mental capacity that threatens their independence.

  • Fall prevention clinic: A unique program that uses assessments and recommendations from geriatricians, nurses and physical therapists to reduce the risk of falling among older adults, which can be a major cause of disability in the elderly.

  • Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) clinic: SOCARE anticipates and addresses the specific and unique needs of elderly cancer patients and survivors.

  • Geriatric arthritis clinic: Partnering with rheumatologists, this program helps patients with challenging arthritis problems.

  • Palliative care clinic: Treats pain and other symptoms that affect an aging adult's quality of life

  • Wraparound services: Offers free educational programs on health-related topics of interest to older adult and support groups for caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia