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Geriatric Medicine

Addressing Problems of Aging, Including Dementia, Geriatric Depression, Frailty, Falls and Mobility

As we age, our minds and bodies change in ways that can have a profound effect on quality of life. Age-related conditions are often complex and may require specialized medical care.

SLUCare geriatric specialists are internationally recognized experts on aging. As physician researchers and educators with Saint Louis University School of Medicine, our doctors have developed geriatric assessment tools and techniques used throughout the world. Our team understands the biology of aging, the relationship between mental and physical changes, and the potential impact of taking numerous medications.

SLUCare Geriatric Medicine Services

We offer a variety of programs to meet the unique needs of geriatric patients, including:

Find assessment tools, videos and other resources through The Gateway Geriatric Education Center.

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SLUCare Geriatric Medicine Locations

Center for Specialized MedicineCenter for Specialized Medicine
1225 South Grand, Second Floor
St. Louis, MO 63104

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Dotors Office BuildingDes Peres Medical Arts Pavilion II
2315 Dougherty Ferry Road, Ste 205
St. Louis, MO 63122

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Learn About Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine

What is Geriatric Medicine? 

When to See a Geriatrician

When Should a Person Think About Seeing a Geriatrician? 

Caring for Aging Family Members

How Should You Approach Care for Aging Family Members?

Polypharmacy in an Aging Population

Polypharmacy: How Much Medicine is Too Much?

Treating Memory Loss

What Can be Done to Help Older Adults with Memory Problems?

The Rapid Geriatric Assessment

How Does the Rapid Geriatric Assessment Detect Issues in Older Adults?

SLU Advancing Geriatric Medicine

What is  Saint Louis University's Role in Advancing Geriatrics?

The Science of Healing: Geriatrics

Follow a Group of SLUCare Doctors Pushing the Envelope in Geriatric Care.

Who Should See a Geriatrician?

Adults age 65 and older who:

  • Have complex medical conditions
  • Take numerous medications
  • Struggle with memory problems or difficulty thinking
  • Feel chronically sad or depressed
  • Experience fainting or falls
  • Lose weight unintentionally
  • Falter in daily activities (e.g., wearing shoes that don't match)

What to Expect from Your Visit

During the initial consultation with a SLUCare geriatrician, patients receive a comprehensive geriatric assessment to gain an overall understanding of the patient's health. The exam lasts 60-90 minutes and includes:

  • Memory test
  • Frailty screening
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Check of muscle strength, gait and balance
  • Discussion of existing health conditions
  • Review of medications
  • Depression screening

It is helpful for a family member or trusted friend to accompany the patient for this visit and any subsequent office visits.

Patients may be advised to follow up with their primary care physician or asked to return for additional care with our geriatrics team.