Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center
The goal of Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) is to improve the health of older Veterans through the development of innovative research, clinical and educational initiatives. We focus our training efforts on translating existing and new geriatrics knowledge and skills into clinical practice at the local, regional, and national levels. These efforts build on the substantial geriatrics educational and training activities at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center and leverage important resources from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
An age-friendly health system - committed to care excellence
Age-friendly health systems is a movement of hundreds of health care facilities committed to ensuring that all older adults receive evidence-based care. This means that Eastern Colorado GRECC is working towards reliable practice of evidence-based interventions for all older adults in their care known as the 4-Ms (What Matters, Medications, Mentation, Mobility).
In that effort, the Tele-Dementia/Geriatrics and Tele-Palliative Care Clinics have been recognized as Level 2 Committed to Care Excellence of the nationwide age-friendly health systems movement. These clinics now have three months of verified data to demonstrate early impact of using the 4-Ms Framework:
- What Matters - Know and align care with each older adult's specific health outcome goals and care preferences including, but not limited to, end-of-life care, and across care settings.
- Medication - If medication is necessary, use Age-Friendly medications that does not interfere with What Matters to the older adult, Mobility, or Mentation across care settings.
- Mentation - Prevent, identify, treat, and manage dementia, depression, and delirium across care settings.
- Mobility - Ensure that older adults move safely every day in order to maintain function and do What Matters.
Wendy M. Kohrt, PhD - Acting director
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT PhD - Associate director for research
Kathryn Nearing, PhD, MA - Associate director education and evaluation and founder, coordinator and facilitator of the Older Veteran Engagement Team
Lauren Abbate, MD PhD - Associate director clinical
Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, PhD - Associate director informatics
Norma Rogers - Administrative support assistant
Eastern Colorado GRECC is a hub of clinical innovation committed to creating systems of support for Veterans as they age and across the continuum of care, regardless of geography. We participate in national clinical dissemination projects, including GRECC Connect and Gerofit.
2 clinical programs of note are:
The Eastern Colorado GRECC focuses its training efforts on translating existing and new geriatrics knowledge and skills into clinical practice at the local, regional and national levels. These efforts build on the substantial geriatrics educational and training activities at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center and leverage important resources from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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The research foci of Eastern Colorado GRECC are:
- Consequences and treatments of obesity in older adults
- Gender differences in health (focusing on women’s health)
Additional areas of research include the following:
- Implementation of clinical interventions into real world practice
- Novel modifiers of musculoskeletal adaptations to exercise
- Application of predictive analytics to inform clinical care
- Physical rehabilitation translational intervention and outcome research
- Optimizing movement patterns for people with unilateral dysvascular amputation
- Non-pharmacological interventions for managing chronic diseases in older adults
- Clinical interventions involving participants with myopathy and neuromuscular disease
- Effects of lifestyle factors (physical activity, diet and sleep) on bioenergetics particularly related to obesity and aging
- Patient-centered care with shared decision making
- Accelerating dissemination of discoveries within healthcare
These are both areas of significant existing research interest, resources, strengths, and achievements within the University of Colorado School of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine. These areas are of consequence due to the increasing number of female Veterans and greater understanding of the multiple functional, metabolic, and cognitive risks of obesity. However, they have received only modest attention to date from existing GRECCs.
In 2010, the VA Women’s Health Services Research Conference identified complex chronic conditions, aging, and long-term care as a focus area for defining the future direction of VA women’s health research and its potential impact on practice and policy. Research priorities identified under this initiative included advancing the understanding of aging issues of women Veterans in such areas as menopause, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, and heart failure.