The University of Michigan Geriatrics Center seeks to increase the span of healthy, active life for older adults through interdisciplinary clinical care, education, research and community service.
Created by the Regents of the University of Michigan in 1987, the Geriatrics Center was established to enhance geriatrics-related research, education and patient care by improving interaction and cooperation among faculty representing various Schools and Institutes at the University. Today, nearly 300 affiliated faculty are principal investigators on grants totaling approximately $79 million annually. These faculty represent various units in the University including the Medical School, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Institute of Gerontology, School of Public Health, Dental School, Institute for Social Research, Mental Health Research Institute, Kresge Hearing Research Institute, College of Engineering, and College of Literature, Science and the Arts. The primary goals of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center are:
- To strengthen the U-M environment for training of future academic leaders in geriatrics.
- To stimulate multidisciplinary research of important health care problems of older patients.
- To enhance the productivity of currently funded research.
- To provide exemplary multidisciplinary patient care for older adults.
- To provide outstanding training opportunities for trainees and health care professionals from a variety of disciplines involved in caring for the elderly population.
- To establish and maintain a highly-visible, nationally-recognized facility dedicated to geriatrics.