Who We Are

talking togetherEstablished in 1987, the Geriatric Education Center of Michigan (GECM) is a federally funded, statewide consortium administratively located at Michigan State University (MSU). The GECM is a member of a nationwide network of 45 GECs, offering education and training opportunities for health professions faculty, practitioners, students, and others to enhance the quality and availability of health care for older adults. The GECM is funded from the Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration. This support is authorized through Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 753(a).

What we do

The mission of the GECM is to advance geriatric education within the State. The GECM works with its partners to plan, develop, implement and evaluate training programs for multidisciplinary groups of practitioners who provide health care to older adults in a variety of settings including primary care offices, assisted living, hospitals, rehabilitation units, nursing homes, and the community. Training programs are also targeted to faculty in geriatrics and gerontology and health professions students in Michigan’s academic institutions. The GECM initiatives are intended to strengthen geriatric care in medically underserved communities and to improve the organization and delivery of unique services for older adults.

Training participants include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, oral health providers, rehabilitation specialists, administrators, and others who work with older adults.

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I like Being 98

Evelyn is 98 years old and lives in a retirement home. Until very recently, she had her driver’s license, but it was taken away from her because of her age. (Not because she had any accidents on record, because she didn’t!) After realizing that the bus the retirement community used to take seniors grocery shopping had been inadvertently canceled, Evelyn decided she had to do something to help her friend, who used the bus as a way to get around. So what did Evelyn do? She went an re-took her driver’s license, and got a perfect score!

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