Geriatrics

Innovative care for mature minds and bodies

These days, getting older doesn’t have to mean that you feel older. Your health, medications and long-term treatment may be on your mind. Our IU Health geriatric team will help you feel and be your best as you mature.

Our geriatric care team works closely with your doctor and other care providers. We create specialized treatment plans related to aging bodies and minds. We offer innovative care for complex diseases.

Our experts generally work with people over age 65. We also work with patients who have early-onset mental and physical conditions.

As you age, your body responds differently to medication, and treatments as you age. What worked years ago may not work the same today. We can help find the right solutions for you.

How We Can Help

If symptoms or conditions are affecting your daily living, our providers may be able to help. We provide care to help you with the following:

  • Moving with more ease
  • Mental function
  • Emotional concerns
  • Pain management

We work closely with your existing doctors to build the best solution for you.

We provide in help in several settings:

  • Outpatient care
  • Skilled nursing care
  • Inpatient care through a hospital
  • Nursing hume 24/7 care
  • Assisted living

Our providers have advanced, specialized training. Their training focuses on the needs of older patients. Every patient deserves respect, dignity and care that fits their lifestyle and health goals.

Our Approach to Geriatric Care

Our geriatric care team works closely with your doctor and other care providers. We create specialized treatment plans related to aging bodies and minds. We offer innovative care for complex diseases.

Our experts generally work with people over age 65. We also work with patients who have early-onset mental and physical conditions.

As you age, your body responds differently to medication, and treatments as you age. What worked years ago may not work the same today. We can help find the right solutions for you.

How We Can Help

If symptoms or conditions are affecting your daily living, our providers may be able to help. We provide care to help you with the following:

  • Moving with more ease
  • Mental function
  • Emotional concerns
  • Pain management

We work closely with your existing doctors to build the best solution for you.

We provide in help in several settings:

  • Outpatient care
  • Skilled nursing care
  • Inpatient care through a hospital
  • Nursing hume 24/7 care
  • Assisted living

Our providers have advanced, specialized training. Their training focuses on the needs of older patients. Every patient deserves respect, dignity and care that fits their lifestyle and health goals.

We are proud to be the only nationally ranked geriatrics program in Indiana. We are ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2020-21 edition of America’s Best Hospitals.

That means we lead the way in innovative research, clinical trials, and education. We work with the IU Center for Aging Research (IU-CAR). We also work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through the OPTIMISTIC Care program. This program focuses on long-term care options.

We offer a wide range of medical, surgical and counseling programs, with an emphasis on:

  • Concerns about a current living situation
  • Decreased ability to perform daily activities (cognitive or physical)
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Medication problems or side effects
  • Memory loss and confusion
  • Osteoporosis and falls
  • Poor appetite or weight loss

Geriatric Care Specialties

Senior Health Center

The Senior Health Center treats diseases of aging. Our center has an emphasis on the following:

  • Memory loss and confusion
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Osteoporosis
  • Falls
  • Multiple chronic illnesses
  • Mobility and decline in function
  • Medicine problems
GRACE Program

GRACE is a home-based Geriatric program. We work with you in your home to manage health problems and monitor changing care needs including social services.

ACE (Acute Care of Elders) Program

ACE is an inpatient consults program at IU Health Methodist Hospital and IU Health West Hospital.

We supplement inpatient care with an emphasis on key geriatric syndromes, falls, and declines in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).

Nursing Home Service

Our providers oversee care at several nursing home facilities in and around Indianapolis, with a focus on skilled nursing care and long-term care.

Why IU Health for Geriatric Care

We are proud to be the only nationally ranked geriatrics program in Indiana. We are ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2020-21 edition of America’s Best Hospitals.

That means we lead the way in innovative research, clinical trials, and education. We work with the IU Center for Aging Research (IU-CAR). We also work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through the OPTIMISTIC Care program. This program focuses on long-term care options.

We offer a wide range of medical, surgical and counseling programs, with an emphasis on:

  • Concerns about a current living situation
  • Decreased ability to perform daily activities (cognitive or physical)
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Medication problems or side effects
  • Memory loss and confusion
  • Osteoporosis and falls
  • Poor appetite or weight loss

Geriatric Care Specialties

Senior Health Center

The Senior Health Center treats diseases of aging. Our center has an emphasis on the following:

  • Memory loss and confusion
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Osteoporosis
  • Falls
  • Multiple chronic illnesses
  • Mobility and decline in function
  • Medicine problems
GRACE Program

GRACE is a home-based Geriatric program. We work with you in your home to manage health problems and monitor changing care needs including social services.

ACE (Acute Care of Elders) Program

ACE is an inpatient consults program at IU Health Methodist Hospital and IU Health West Hospital.

We supplement inpatient care with an emphasis on key geriatric syndromes, falls, and declines in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).

Nursing Home Service

Our providers oversee care at several nursing home facilities in and around Indianapolis, with a focus on skilled nursing care and long-term care.

Related Services and Conditions for Geriatrics

Patient Stories for Geriatrics

American Geriatric Society

This website offers extensive health information useful to older adults. It includes information about medications and possible harmful interactions.

AARP

The AARP provides information of interest to seniors of all ages. This area of their website focuses on health issues and ways to maximize your quality of life.

National Council on Aging

This website focuses on common health issues, ways to avoid common dangers facing seniors and ways to improve your health.

IU Center for Aging Research (IU-CAR)

The Center for Aging Research researches topics that affect the aging population, including brain health, decision-making, physical fitness, transitional care, nursing home care, and medication use.

Optimistic-CARE program

OPTIMISTIC’s goal is to improve nursing home care and create better outcomes for residents by keeping them out of the hospital and in the hands of on-site RNs and NPs.

Resources

American Geriatric Society

This website offers extensive health information useful to older adults. It includes information about medications and possible harmful interactions.

AARP

The AARP provides information of interest to seniors of all ages. This area of their website focuses on health issues and ways to maximize your quality of life.

National Council on Aging

This website focuses on common health issues, ways to avoid common dangers facing seniors and ways to improve your health.

IU Center for Aging Research (IU-CAR)

The Center for Aging Research researches topics that affect the aging population, including brain health, decision-making, physical fitness, transitional care, nursing home care, and medication use.

Optimistic-CARE program

OPTIMISTIC’s goal is to improve nursing home care and create better outcomes for residents by keeping them out of the hospital and in the hands of on-site RNs and NPs.