We are proud to have been a part of the Reynolds family of programs and to be included in the cohort of geriatric training centers.
The Foundation launched its Aging and Quality of Life Program in 1996. Its goal remains improving the quality of life for America’s elderly by preparing physicians to provide better care for frail older people. Most physicians today lack adequate training to meet the needs of the frail elderly patient. Such patients typically suffer from interacting physical, social and psychological conditions –both acute and chronic – that limit their independence and threaten their capacity to function in daily life.
With the rapid growth of the American elderly population, especially in Arizona, an urgent need exists to assure that all physicians are prepared to provide the best of care for older adults. This prestigious $1 million Donald W. Reynolds Foundation grant provides much-needed support to train Arizona’s physicians in geriatric care, with an emphasis on hospitalists and surgical and medical specialists. This grant program will support and extend the successes of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics, founded in 2006 by a previous Reynolds grant, which built an infrastructure of excellence in geriatric education and training.
“This generous grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation will ensure that hospitalized older adults will be cared for by specialists who have been trained to meet the unique health-care needs of older adults,” said Principal Investigator Mindy Fain, MD, division chief of geriatrics, general internal medicine and palliative medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and co-director of the UA Center on Aging.
The targeted specialties are: emergency medicine; pulmonary/critical care; hospital medicine; orthopedics; and surgery – all are responsible for the acute care of older, frail adults. In addition to training these key specialists in geriatric principles, the program will develop high-value, team-based models of geriatric care for older, frail adults, such as a Senior Emergency Room and an Acute Care of Elders program.
The Arizona Reynolds Foundation supported the following sustainable programs and resources: