Rush University Medical Center leads the way in treating the older adult population. As bodies age, they change. Health problems are increasingly more complex and interrelated, making such things as communication between specialists and expert knowledge of medication side effects even more important.
At Rush, we use a multidisciplinary approach to treat diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer's disease, memory loss and dementia, Parkinson disease and movement disorders, cancer, stroke, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, mental health disorders, and chronic heart and lung disease. Patients at Rush receive what every patient deserves: involvement in their own care, kindness, compassion, excellent clinical care and access to some of the world’s finest specialists and subspecialists.
Geriatric consultation and primary care: Our geriatricians offer a centralized location for patients to receive all of their necessary care and services. They work with nurses, psychiatrists, surgeons, pharmacists, social workers and physical and occupational therapists to ensure the best health care for their patients.
Inpatient recovery and rehabilitation: Johnston R. Bowman Health Center provides patient- and family-centered inpatient recovery and rehabilitation services provided by a multidisciplinary team.
Alzheimer's disease care and evaluation: The Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center provides thorough evaluation and care for people experiencing memory loss and other problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Stroke Program: The Comprehensive Stroke Program offers medical treatment for stroke and related conditions, from immediate treatment for people experiencing a stroke to specialized follow-up care for those coping with the aftermath of a stroke or stroke-related condition.
Movement disorders: The Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center provides state-of-the-art care for movement disorder patients and conducts research into the causes and treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson disease.
Geriatric psychiatry: The Geriatric Psychiatry Program provides a complete range of traditional and innovative treatments. In addition to conducting thorough mental assessments, specialists perform medical assessments to understand any coexisting medical problems.
Orthopedics: Rush orthopedic surgeons pioneered many advances in hip and knee implants, including minimally invasive techniques that enable patients to return home within a day. Orthopedic experts at Rush are also highly skilled at treating osteoporosis and spine and back conditions.
Cardiology: From prevention to diagnosis to treatment, heart and vascular experts at Rush provide comprehensive care for patients with heart disease or suspected heart disease.
Cancer care: Studies show that cancer afflicts more people as they age. Rush has one of the Midwest’s largest and most comprehensive cancer treatment programs, combining advanced therapies with resources to handle the mental stresses of cancer.
Hospice and palliative care: The Ada F. Addington Inpatient Hospice Unit is a collaboration between Horizon Hospice and Rush. Hospice care is end-of-life medical, psychological and spiritual care that provides patients with comfort, dignity and compassionate care during their final days. Hospice caregivers provide palliative care, which focuses on controlling pain and other symptoms so a patient can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family.
Johnston R. Bowman Apartments: The top two floors of the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center offer one-and two-bedroom private residences for people age 62 or older who are in good health and able to live independently. A short-term residential program is also available for older people seeking a “home away from home” for two to 30 days.
Driving Rehab Program: This program assesses patients’ ability to drive, helps them continue driving safely as they age and, if needed, assists them in getting back on the road after a disabling injury or illness.
At Rush, physicians, nurses, social workers and other health professionals work together to meet the care needs of older adults. In addition to treating disease and working to prevent disability, we work closely with older adults and their families to help maintain health, independence and active lifestyles for as long as possible.
The geriatric care team at Rush also includes researchers and educators dedicated to advancing the interdisciplinary practice of geriatrics, through the education of health care professionals to meet the care needs of older adults and through research seeking knowledge about common disorders and diseases that affect older adults. For profiles of physicians specializing in geriatrics and related areas at Rush, see the link for Find a Doctor, on the top of the navigation index at your left.