A comprehensive evaluation designed to optimize an older person's ability to enjoy good health, improve their overall quality of life, reduce the need for hospitalization and/or institutionalization, and enable them to live independently for as long as possible.
Geriatric assessment would be appropriate when there is a dramatic change in a person’s level of functioning or when there are persistent or intermittent symptoms such as memory loss, confusion, or other signs of possible dementia. Sometimes what looks like Alzheimer's or dementia can be the result of medication interactions or other medical or psychiatric problems. Because of the thoroughness of the geriatric assessment, it is one of the best ways to determine what the actual problem is.
A geriatric assessment can be done in many different settings such as: a hospital, nursing home, outpatient clinic, physician's office or the patient's home. The assessment is comprehensive in scope, and thus, can only be successfully conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of experts. This team might include: physicians, social workers, physical and/or occupational therapists, dieticians, psychologists, pharmacists, and geriatric nurse practitioners.
You can request a referral for a geriatric assessment from a primary care physician or contact a Geriatric Assessment Center
• Geriatric Assessment
You must call to make an appointment with any of these facilities.
Anna Greenwall Geriatric Health at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch NJ 07740
Center for Geriatric Health Care
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue
Newark NJ 07112
COPSA Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care
Hunterdon Center for Healthy Aging
121 Route 31, Suite 1000
Flemington, NJ 08822
Geriatric Assessment Center
at Morristown Medical Center
435 South Street
NJ Institute for Successful Aging
42 East Laurel Road
Stratford NJ 08084
Saint Peters University Hospital
Division of Geriatrics-GEMS
254 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick NJ 08901
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