Geriatrics and Extended Care
Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers (GRECCs)
Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers (GRECCs) were developed in the 1970s when the Veterans Health Administration began focusing on the special needs of aging Veterans.
There are currently 20 GRECCs across the country. Each GRECC includes programs that address research, education and clinical aspects of aging. Research focuses on diseases associated with aging, as well as how care is delivered to older Veterans and the effects of rehabilitation.
Goals and Importance of GRECC
GRECCs were designed to attract scientists and health science students to the field of geriatrics, and to make sure that the care delivered to older Veterans continuously improved. With staff specially trained in the field of geriatrics, GRECCs have been able to increase basic knowledge in the field of aging, and transfer that knowledge to health care providers.
In addition GRECCs train clinical staff in the field of geriatrics. This improves the quality of care delivered to older Veterans.
More information about GRECC clinical and research programs can be found at: VA GRECC