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.
• Geriatric Assessment
You must call to make an appointment with any of these facilities.
Anna Greenwall Geriatric Health 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
671 Hoes Lane
Piscataway NJ 08854
Hunterdon Center for Healthy Aging
Hunterdon Healthcare System
1 Wescott Drive
Flemington, NJ 08822
Geriatric Assessment Center
at Morristown Medical Center
Sharma Keerti, MD
Jason Prager, MD
NJ Institute for Successful Aging
42 East Laurel Road
Stratford, NJ 08084
Overlook Hospital’s Vauxhall Clinic
Community Health Center
3 Farrington Street
Vauxhall, NJ 07088
Saint Peters University Hospital
Division of Geriatrics
254 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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