Geriatrics

Our geriatrics funding helps prepare health care providers to meet the needs of the aging U.S. population and ensure improved health results for older adults.

Which geriatrics programs do we fund?

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

We provide grants that improve health care for older adults and maximize patient and family engagement to health professions schools, health care facilities, and programs leading to certification as a certified nursing assistant.

The focus is on transforming clinical training environments into integrated geriatrics and primary care systems with increased community engagement.

Geriatrics Academic Career Award Program (GACA)

We provide grants to support the career development of individual junior faculty in geriatrics at accredited schools of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, dentistry, pharmacy, or allied health.

The program focuses on developing the necessary skills that lead to health care transformation in a variety of settings. This ncludes rural and/or medically underserved settings, to be age-friendly and to provide training in clinical geriatrics, including the training of interprofessional teams of healthcare professionals to provide healthcare for older adults.

What training materials and tools should you use?

We developed curriculum, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, to train the primary care workforce about dementia and promote interprofessional teamwork in the care of persons living with dementia (PLwD).

The curriculum contains 16 core modules - each with a PowerPoint presentation including detailed notes and a reference list - to assist in teaching, and other presentations. The curriculum also includes supplemental modules to help providers and caregivers address challenges of the caregiving role.

Additional training materials include:

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2019