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As advancing age brings new health challenges, the following programs and services at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago can help. To schedule an appointment or for information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).

Alzheimer’s Disease Center
The full spectrum of diagnosis and treatment options available at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center includes treatment that can delay the more devastating effects of the disease — as well as clinical trials led by internationally renowned researchers. And they’re working toward a cure: In one study, Rush researchers David Bennett, MD, and Zoe Arvanitakis, MD, are testing a new gene therapy technique that delivers nerve growth factor, a kind of “fertilizer” for cells, to the brain. If successful, this could be a major step toward countering — and potentially reversing — the effects of this disease.

Cancer treatment programs
About three-quarters of all cancers are diagnosed in people over 55. More than a dozen programs at Rush specialize in the treatment of specific cancers, including lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer of both men and women. Along with a complete range of standard therapies and clinical trials, Rush offers more gentle and targeted treatments such as brachytherapy, which treats cancers in the breast and prostate with implanted radioactive “seeds” that kill cancerous cells while minimizing damage to healthy cells. To learn more about cancer care at Rush, visit our cancer programs home page.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among middle-aged and older men and women over 60. The heart and vascular program at Rush provides world-class care for a full range of patients — from those at risk for developing heart disease to patients who need heart transplants — including a heart center specifically for women. Using the latest technology, cardiologists at Rush can clear clogged arteries and replace damaged heart valves through less invasive means, which allows for faster recovery times for patients. For more information on heart care at Rush, visit our heart and vascular programs home page.

Geriatric psychiatry
The changes that accompany aging can affect a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Geropsychiatrists at Rush treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, agitation and confusion that may arise as people grow older. For more information, visit the geriatric psychiatry program home page.

Joint replacement
Orthopedic surgeons at Rush have pioneered major advances in joint replacement, including minimally invasive approaches to knee surgery and minimally invasive approaches to hip surgery. They are also expert at complicated reconstructions, such as revision surgery for failed joint replacements, and they were among the first to use new, more flexible knee implants that behave more like a person’s own knee. To learn more, visit the Joint Replacement Surgery’s home page.

Minimally invasive procedures
Using incisions as small as the size of a paper clip, surgeons at Rush are leaders at performing minimally invasive procedures. With significantly shorter recovery times and less trauma to the body, these procedures can mean a better quality of life for older adults who may otherwise have to live with pain.

Movement Disorders Center
This center provides state-of-the-art research and care for movement disorder patients with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and tremor. One example is deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s, a surgical procedure that can control symptoms by electrically stimulating parts of the brain. Surgeons at Rush perform more deep brain stimulation procedures than any other hospital in Illinois. Read more about the Movement Disorders Center. Read more about advances in treating Parkinson’s disease at Rush.

Recovery and rehabilitation services
The Johnston R. Bowman Health Center provides posthospital inpatient recovery and rehabilitation services, including a unit for geriatric psychiatry patients. Other services at Rush include outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapies, and the new Balance Assessment and Treatment Program at Rush for people at risk for falling due to illness or injury.

Anne Byron Waud Resource Center
The Anne Byron Waud Resource Center provides free information on a wide range of topics related to healthy aging and caregiving. These include nutrition and exercise; maintaining health, independence and quality of life; complementary and alternative medicine options; and information on specific diseases.

If you need someone to talk to about your health or the health of a loved one, the skilled and compassionate professionals at the Waud Resource Centerwill consult with you in person or via telephone at (800) 755-4411.

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