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Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine

As you get older, multiple changes in your life can happen at the same time, and age is only one factor that may contribute to health concerns. Rely on OU Health geriatric medicine professionals for age-friendly regular preventive care and early diagnosis to keep minor problems from becoming serious. You’ll help yourself enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Specialized Primary Care for Older Adults

No matter where you live in Oklahoma, you can take advantage of specialized primary care services for older adults, including geriatric medicine, at the OU Health Senior Health Center in Oklahoma City or the Senior Health Clinic at OU Medical Center Edmond. You also may benefit from our outpatient-based geriatric consultations for yourself or older adult loved ones.

Health Concerns for Older Adults

Talk with one of the compassionate, experienced OU Health primary care and geriatric medicine specialists to request specific evaluation and assessment if you or your loved ones notice any concerns related to:

  • Balance, walking or falls and fall prevention
  • Behavior changes
  • Bladder or bowel control, constipation
  • Eating habit changes
  • Emotional changes, such as often feeling “blue”
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Headaches, especially if they occur frequently
  • Thinking and memory changes

Age-Friendly Health System

When you choose OU Health to help yourself or your older adult loved ones stay active and well, you benefit from our nationally recognized designation as an Age-Friendly Health System, an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and others. At OU Health, you’ll work with doctors and other healthcare professionals who follow an essential set of evidence-based practices, pledge to cause no harm and align their care with what matters to older adults and their family caregivers.

The Age-Friendly approach to care uses the 4M Framework that identifies a set of practices designed to support the health and well-being of older adults.

  • What Matters – Know and align care with each older adult’s specific health outcome goals and care preferences, including end-of-life care and more, across settings of care
  • Medication – If medication is necessary, use age-friendly medication that does not interfere with What Matters to the older adult, Mobility or Mentation across settings of care
  • Mentation – Prevent, identify, treat and manage delirium across settings of care
  • Mobility – Ensure each older adult moves safely every day to maintain function and do What Matters

Ask your OU Health primary care and geriatric medicine specialist for details about what the Age-Friendly Health System practices mean specifically for you.

Geriatric Medicine Programs & Services

At OU Health, you’ll work with primary care doctors, geriatric medicine specialists and healthcare experts from many disciplines to develop an individual care plan designed to meet your specific needs. You also benefit from access to a wide range of OU Health programs and services delivered with special attention to seniors, such as:

  • Acute care for pressing issues
  • Assessment for fall prevention, thinking and memory issues, many other aspects of health and well-being
  • Behavioral health inpatient and outpatient programs
  • Disease management for chronic conditions with coordinated care across health specialties to support your daily routine
  • Health education, classes and consultations
  • H2U (Health to You) fitness/wellness programs with member discounts
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory tests and comprehensive diagnostic imaging services
  • Orthopedics and spine procedures, joint replacement, foot and ankle specialists
  • Pulmonology and respiratory therapy
  • Referrals to multiple health specialties, including in-home health services
  • Rehabilitation services, including physical therapy (inpatient, outpatient), occupational therapy, speech therapy and more
  • Robotic-assisted and minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • Sleep diagnostic laboratory
  • Vestibular balance therapy
  • Wellness exams

Senior-Friendly Hospital Services & Palliative Care

If you or a loved one need hospital-based care, you’ll appreciate the senior-friendly ER (emergency room) at OU Medical Center Edmond, where you’ll find hearing amplifiers, easy-to-maneuver rooms and hallways, aids for reading, and specially trained staff. Should you need additional care, you’re quickly connected with OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and the resources of the entire OU Health System.

During your recovery time at OU Health, you also may take advantage of palliative care services, extensive inpatient rehabilitation services and facilities and our knowledgeable rehabilitation team who work with you to support your return to function and can coordinate your care with other doctors both during and after your hospital stay.

Mental Health Services for Older Adults

When you or an older loved one face challenges related to changes in emotions, behavior or mental health that may occur later in life, explore services from Autumn Life Behavioral Health Center. This dedicated geriatric psychiatry inpatient program at OU Medical Center Edmond addresses unique needs of mature adults ages 55 and up.

Changes often associated with transitions of advancing age may be intense. Accurate diagnosis, a comfortable and stable atmosphere, and multidisciplinary treatment in the healing environment found at Autumn Life can greatly improve your situation. Your personalized care plan may include:

  • Medical history and physical exam
  • Nursing assessments
  • Inpatient psychiatric evaluation
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Individual and family education and support
  • Nutritional therapy and consultations
  • Recreation therapy, pet therapy, aromatherapy
  • Certified music therapy and memory unit
  • Multisensory room

Take a virtual tour of Autumn Life Behavioral Health Center. For more information, call toll-free (855) 625-1680.

Thrive Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Recognizing you need help with anxiety, trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, grief or loss is one thing. Finding options for care can be something else entirely.

If you or your doctor feel you’re well suited for a therapeutic program that lets you remain at home during treatment, the Thrive Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at OU Medical Center Edmond may be a good fit for your particular situation. You’ll participate in group therapy sessions designed for people ages 55 and up that equip you with the knowledge, tools and self-awareness to effectively cope with difficult life experiences.

You and your expert care team—including specialists trained in psychiatry, clinical counseling, art therapy, chaplaincy, pharmacy and other disciplines—create your personalized care plan with age-appropriate treatments that value the unique ways mental health challenges may affect you.

For a free admission assessment, call (405) 359-5507 or toll-free (855) 625-1680.

Your Expert Geriatric Medicine Care Team

When you choose OU Health for geriatric medicine, primary care for older adults or senior health services, you and your loved ones will collaborate with board-certified psychiatrists, acute care physicians and a wide range of highly skilled mental health professionals who focus on your well-being.

In addition, you and your care team may incorporate information developed by specialized researchers at the Oklahoma Dementia Care Network and Reynolds Oklahoma Center on Aging (ROCA), as well as programs from the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI)—the statewide senior health network and regional Centers of Healthy Aging supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation—and information from the Gerosciences Research Institute at OU College of Medicine.

The Senior Health Clinic and the Senior Health Center at OU Health accept Medicare and Medicare Supplement insurance, as well as most private insurance. Call the location near you to check on your insurance or self-pay options.

Request an Appointment or Second Opinion

Request an appointment or get a second opinion about your older adult health concern. Find help from OU Health specialists in primary care for older adults, geriatric medicine and senior health.

Call (405) 271-3050 in Oklahoma City, (405) 359-5229 in Edmond or (918) 619-4400 in Tulsa.
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