Aging (Geriatric) Services

Geriatric services offer medical assessment, medical care and health and wellness programs for adults age 50 and over. Our geriatrics team can assess, diagnose, treat and provide follow-up care for medical and age-related conditions. We locate and connect older adults with available resources in their community to help improve independence and enhance the quality of life for older people and their families.

Geriatrics Team

Our skilled medical team provides compassionate care to patients and their caregivers. Medical providers work together to coordinate care and have expertise in the following specialties:

  • Geriatric medicine
  • Geropsychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Orthopedics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work

Geriatric Assessment

Medical and age-related conditions can cause difficulty for older adults to perform basic daily living activities.  A geriatric assessment can help to identify and diagnose cognitive difficulties, physical disabilities and medical conditions. Our geriatric medical providers can establish a plan of care to promote better mental, physical, and social function for the elder person.

Each geriatric assessment includes:

  • Cognitive testing
  • Comprehensive medical exam
  • Medication review and counseling for the older adult and their caregiver/family members.
  • Mobility evaluation
  • Social interactions and behavior evaluation

Evaluation of decision-making capacity and driving ability are also incorporated into the Geriatric Assessment when pertinent. Specialized assessments are provided to individuals with the following conditions.

Developmental Disabilities

Adults with developmental disabilities are at increased risk for cognitive impairment.  Specialized testing is available to determine if cognitive decline is due to normal aging or signifies cognitive decline

Recurrent Falls

Adults with recurrent falls can be evaluated on a monthly basis.  The falls assessment includes a comprehensive medication review and balance and gait evaluation.

Geriatric Assessment Locations

Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center  
874 Howard Ave.
New Haven, CT 06519

Senior Assessment Center
2080 Whitney Ave., Suite 150
Hamden, CT 06518

Geriatric Programs

We offer a wide range of inpatient and outpatient medical programs for older adults who reside in their own home, senior community, assisted living or long term care facility. Most programs are also available to seniors during their inpatient stay at the hospital or at a rehabilitation facility.

Inpatient Healthcare Programs

Center for Restorative Care (CRC) for Older Adults 203-789-4166

CRC provides geriatric care for patients who are 65 and older and are admitted to Saint Raphael Campus for an acute illness. The Center for Restorative Care seeks to avoid the hazards of hospitalization for older adults who are receiving treatment for acute medical issues by utilizing a multidisciplinary team that focuses on communication, maintaining or improving patient function, preventing delirium, medication management and facilitating patient discharge to an appropriate care setting.

The following Geriatric Vital Signs are reviewed daily:  

  • Cognition
  • Mobility
  • Nutrition
  • Skin issues
  • Sleep problems

The CRC team of medical providers include: geriatric physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists and care coordinators. These medical providers ensure that patients remain high functioning throughout their hospital stay.  

Geriatric Consultation

Geriatricians work together with the patient’s medical team throughout their inpatient stay. Reasons for consultation include:

  • Altered Mental Status
  • Goals of care 
  • Discharge planning 
  • Medication management
  • Mobility issues

Elder Horizons 

This is a volunteer based delirium prevention program for adults 70 years of age or older. Cognitive activities, meal assistance, social stimulation and exercises are provided to older adults to speed recovery and prevent further decline during an acute hospitalization.

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE)

NICHE is a nationwide program that provides resources to hospitals to improve the care delivered to older adults. Patient-centered geriatric care is provided and community resources are set-up if needed upon discharge.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Grimes Center

The Grimes Center is a skilled nursing facility that provides temporary inpatient rehabilitation following an acute illness, injury or surgery. Rehabilitation services help patients regain their strength and mobility for a safe and comfortable transition back home.

Outpatient Healthcare Programs

Geriatric Services

Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants provide complex medical care to patients who are at a rehabilitation center short-term and residents of assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement centers, and nursing homes. 

Eldercare Clinic

Physicians perform complete primary medical care services for seniors 60 and older at convenient settings in New Haven, Hamden and West Haven. Coordination of care with specialty physicians is also available.

Fall Assessment Clinic

Outpatient assessment is provided to persons with a history of recurrent falls

Homecare Program

Geriatric primary care is provided in the home to persons who are homebound and reside within the immediate Greater New Haven community. The care team consists of a geriatrician and geriatric care coordinator. Persons who are transiently homebound may also receive temporary services.

Additional Services

Senior-friendly Emergency Department

A multidisciplinary team of geriatric and emergency medicine providers work together to provide evidence based care for common geriatric emergency medicine conditions. 

Health and Wellness Support Services


CareCard offers health and wellness, safety and social activities for adults 50 and over. Most events are free or at low cost. The CareCard program is free to join and features the following:

  • Book club
  • Driver safety refresher course sponsored by AARP
  • Health lectures
  • Health screenings
  • Legal consultation provided by the New Haven Bar Association
  • Nurse consultation
  • Social and recreational  activities
  • Tax filing assistance and more

Healthy Aging


Service representatives who specialize in resources for older adults provide contact information for medical care and support services.


Lifeline is a 24 hour medical alert service that provides help at home in the event of an emergency with the touch of a button. The Lifeline service provides a direct connection to trained responders that will send help immediately.

Geriatric Research

Yale Program on Aging, a Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

The Yale Program on Aging is an inter-departmental, multidisciplinary center whose objectives are to promote the functional independence of older Americans by increasing scientific knowledge related to multi-factorial geriatric health conditions, by advancing the science of clinical decision making in multi-morbid older adults, and by educating and training new investigators in research on aging from a multi-factorial perspective

Geriatric research studies:

  • Investigate physical, psychological and social problems that cause geriatric health problems.
  • Determine factors associated with physical, social, psychological and cognitive function.
  • Perform tests and apply treatments to prevent/reduce functional disability among older people.
  • Apply research findings to improve the quality of life and health of older people.

For more visit Geriatrics at Yale School of Medicine


Center for Restorative Care (CRC) for Older Adults
Saint Raphael Campus
1450 Chapel St., Verdi 4 West;
New Haven, CT  06511

Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center
874 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519

Grimes Center
1354 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06511

Senior Assessment Center
2080 Whitney Ave.
Suite 150
Hamden, CT 06518
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