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Geriatrics and Extended Care


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Holiday Visit to Aging Parents

Your parents may be grateful for the gift of a caring conversation about aging and future plans during a holiday visit.

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Paying for Long Term Care

Sorting out how to pay for long term care can be confusing. VA is here to help.

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Advance Care Planning

A new option for Advance Care Planning is Group Visits. Share your experiences and learn from other Veterans the value of Advance Care Planning.

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Geriatrics and Extended Care Services (GEC) helps to optimize the health and well-being of Veterans with chronic conditions or life-limiting illness. GEC also serves Veterans of any age who are disabled or frail due to disease, aging or injury.

Services at Home and
in the Community
Describes home- and community-based services for senior Veterans, or those with extended care needs such as Respite, Home Health, Homemaker and Home Health Aide, Telehealth, Palliative Care, Hospice and more.
Residential Settings
and Nursing Homes
Residential Settings and Nursing Homes

Paying for Long Term Care
Covers options to pay for long term care through VA, Federal and State programs (Medicare and Medicaid), insurance or private funds.

Support for Caregivers
Resources for caring for Veterans, yourself, and connecting with others taking care of elderly Veterans or those with extended care needs.

Information about mental, physical and spiritual health for older adults; brain health topics such as PTSD and memory issues, as well as programs proven to work for Veterans and caregivers, such as GeroFit.

Making Decisions
Learn about making choices that meet patient needs and honor values and preferences, talking with loved ones and health care providers about long term care decisions or goals of care; using worksheets to help Veterans identify what matters to them.

Geriatrics and Extended Care
Geriatrics and Extended Care programs, such as Geriatric Patient-Aligned Care Teams (GeriPACT), Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM), Geriatric Assessment, dementia and delirium programs, strategic priorities, leadership, news and research.

For Health Professionals
GEC Data Analysis Center; GEC data and reports; Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECCs), Geriatric Scholars; neurological conditions and brain health; trainings and more.
Links, Resources and
Learn more about elder care, services for seniors and other older adult topics, including printed handouts for most services described on this website.