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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)


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Eastern Colorado GRECC

Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (EC-GRECC)

Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center
1700 Wheeling Street
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone  720-857-2800
Fax      720-723-7874

Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (EC-GRECC) - VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

Acting GRECC Director

Wendy Kohrt, PhD

Acting Associate Director, Research

Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD

Associate Director, Clinical

Lauren Abbate, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Katherine Nearing, PhD

Acting Administrative Officer

Norma Rogers

research foci heading
  • Rural Veteran health disparities
  • Improving function in older Veterans with hospital-associated deconditioning
  • Evidence-based exercise interventions for Veterans with knee osteoarthritis
  • Geriatric and palliative care telehealth for older rural Veterans and their caregivers
research heading
  • Innovative approaches in firearm injury prevention for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers
  • Appetite regulation in older-aged obese Individuals
  • Improving rehabilitation outcomes after total hip arthroplasty
  • Respite use among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Novel modifiers of musculoskeletal adaptations to exercise
  • Improving rehabilitation in individuals with degenerative joint disease or following joint arthroplasty
  • Optimizing movement patterns for people with unilateral dysvascular amputation to prevent secondary pain problems
  • Non-pharmacological interventions for managing chronic diseases (specifically arthritis) in older adults
  • Clinical trials involving participants with myopathy and neuromuscular disease
  • Effects of lifestyle factors (physical activity, diet and sleep) on bioenergetics particularly related to obesity and aging
education heading
  • Core didactics for GRECC-supported associated health trainees and Geriatric Medicine Fellows (monthly interprofessional case conference and ethics seminar)
  • Virtual dementia tour offered to GRECC-supported trainees and fellows through a partnership with the local Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
  • GRECC-MIRECC-COIN (joint) grand rounds designed to foster cross-center collaboration for health services research and clinical innovation
  • Bi-monthly work-in-progress seminar for GRECC Advanced Research Fellows and COIN Health Services Research Fellows to practice presenting research to peers and faculty, learn about VA research resources and foster career development as successful VA investigators
clinical heading
  • Providing assistive listening devices in GeriPACT and primary care, as well as the ED, Fall Prevention Clinic and Gerofit gym to support patient-provider communication and patient-directed care
  • Collecting gait speed routinely to guide patient education and timely referrals, for example, to Fall Prevention Clinic and/or Gerofit
  • Tele-palliative care and tele-dementia care (to Veteran’s home) – innovative telehealth programs of Virtual Geriatrics
  • Multidisciplinary (geriatric medicine, physical and occupational therapy, and pharmacy) fall assessment and interventions to reduce the risk of falls in the community setting
publications heading