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Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

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New England GRECC

New England GRECC

VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Phone  857-364-5677
Fax      857-364-2786

GRECC Director

Jonathan Bean, MD, MPH

GRECC Bedford Site Director

Lauren Moo, MD

Associate Director, Research

William Milberg, PhD

Associate Director, Research Training

Ariela Orkaby, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Clinical

Andrea Schwartz, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Education and Evaluation

Jennifer Moye, PhD

Administrative Officer (Boston)

Crystal Enright

Administrative Officer (Bedford)

Thomas Luciano

research foci heading
  • Innovative support and care coordination for aging Veterans
  • Risk Identification across the lifespan
  • Novel treatments to optimize well-being and independence
research heading
  • Bedford VA
  • Alzheimer disease, including identification for biomarkers for drug development.
  • Use of telehealth and technology in geriatrics.
  • CLC quality and quality improvement.
  • Improving multidisciplinary care for aging Veterans with complex needs.
  • Boston VA
  • Preventive rehabilitation that enhances therapeutic success and improves mobility.
  • Fraility, cardiac and kidney diseases.     
  • Developing approaches to assessing “What Matters Most” to improve age-friendly health care.
  • Translational research for TBI and Stress Disorder: Lifespan analysis of the neurobiological effects of deployment trauma.
  • Pharmacy driven medication reconciliation to identify cognitive impairment.
  • Links between cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Pragmatic Evaluation of Events and Benefits of Lipid-Lowering in Older Adults (PREVENTABLE) Trial.
education heading
  • Bedford and Boston VA
  • Education and Resources for clinicians and caregivers of Veterans with dementia including an online curated caregiver resources library, videos, and a survival guide.
  • Videos and resources to help older Veterans have meaningful conversations with clinicians about "What Matters Most".
  • Telehealth education and resources for clinicians working in geriatrics.
  • Bedford VA
  • Annual half-day dementia symposia via national webinar
  • Training in video telehealth for multi-disciplinary health care trainees
  • Development of an online curated dementia caregiver education resource library
  • Developing educational resources such as videos and a survival guide for dementia family caregivers, funded by the VA Office of Rural Health
  • Boston VA
  • Harvard Medical School Geriatrics education: Age Friendly Toolkit
  • Developing educational videos, podcasts, and handouts for late life PTSD, funded by the VA Office of Rural Health
clinical heading
  • Bedford and BostonVA
  • Implementation of the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative
  • Implementation of Patient Priorities Care
  • Bedford VA
  • Family and Caregiver Telemedicine Clinic: video-into-home dementia management clinic with synchronous participation of multiple family members
  • Tele-Neuropsychology Clinic: geriatric neuropsychological evaluation services to rural VA medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics
  • ACORN Social Determinants of Health screener – Geriatrics Module in partnership with the VHA Office of Health Equity
  • Boston VA
  • Transitions of Care Programs: Coordinated Transitional Care (C-TraC), Hospital-in-Home, Discharge Medication Reconciliation and “Meds to Beds”
  • Enhancing quality of provider prescribing for older adults in the emergency department (EQUIPPED)
  • Geriatric Renal, Cardiology, Oncology and Capacity Clinic evaluate novel approaches to geriatric-informed care
  • Live Long, Walk Strong and Gerofit provide physical therapy and supervised fitness activities focused on Mobility and secondary preventative care
  • Innovative clinic informed by geriatric principles to design care for aging Veterans with PTSD, brain injury and psychosocial complexity
  • Age Friendly 4Ms Toolkit
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