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About Yale Geriatrics

Alder Center Patient
Photo by Robert A. Lisak

Our origins go back fifty years to 1968, when the Continuing Care Unit was created at Yale New Haven Hospital to assist older patients who had lost function during hospitalization to return home.

Since then, we have grown exponentially, with more than 25 faculty members who are dedicated to improving the independence and quality of life of older adults through research, education, and clinical care.

Read the 2018-2019 Department of Internal Medicine's Annual Report for Yale Geriatrics.

  • Clinical initiatives at Yale include the Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center, a special Acute Care for the Elderly Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), a innovative co-treatment program in General Surgery at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS), and a number of consultative programs at VACHS. The Northeast Medical Group YNHH Geriatric Services cares for individuals in life care centers, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing facilities.

  • Yale Geriatrics faculty members have developed a number of interventions which have had a major impact on the care of older persons, including fall prevention, Confusion Assessment Method, functional decline and disability in older adults (Yale Center for Disability), medical decisions made by older persons, and driving problems in older persons.