Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
Puget Sound GRECC
The Puget Sound GRECC has been serving older Veterans since 1976. It is a two-site GRECC with personnel at both the Seattle and American Lake (Tacoma, WA) divisions.
Research Focus Areas
Biology, Genetics, Etiology, Prevention and Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Pathophysiology of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Metabolic and Neuroendocrine Aspects of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease
Education and Evaluation
The GRECC offers educational opportunities to VA providers throughout the region, involving in-person, video conferencing, and SCAN/ECHO modalities. In addition, there are regularly offered rotations and fellowships in geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric neuropsychology at the pre-doctoral level. These training experiences have a number of associated lecture series education activities on topics such as dementia care management. The Education Core also develops educational materials for VA providers and for Veterans and their families
Current clinical demonstration projects address dementia prevention, treatment of memory symptoms of PTSD, management of male hypogonadism, dementia care shared medical visit model via telemedicine and decision making for long-term care. The Puget Sound GRECC also has a Consultation/Liaison Memory Clinic located at the American Lake and Seattle Divisions, with outreach to the larger community via telehealth and e-consult mechanisms.