ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

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When not treating patients, OU Physicians also serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Geriatricians at the OU Senior Health Center are affiliated with the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine - one of the leading departments of geriatric medicine in the nation.

A prestigious grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation was awarded to our department in 1999 and is the largest grant of this kind ever received by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The department's mission is threefold:

  • We strive to provide quality education in geriatrics for future geriatricians and current healthcare providers.
  • We endeavor to provide outstanding service to referring physicians and their patients.
  • We work to advance the knowledge of aging and related diseases through technology and research in the state of Oklahoma.

Clinical Information

Seniors often have complex health needs. Though often regarded as part of the aging process, this is not always the case. Some people suffer needlessly. Others lose their independence. Still others give up on their doctors. Turning to the geriatricians at OU Physicians Senior Health Center can prevent many of these problems.

The Department provides service to the full range of geriatric aged individuals, from ambulatory to bedfast elders. This service is provided in a variety of settings, including ambulatory clinics, inpatient care units, institutionalized and non-institutionalized long-term care settings.

We are Oklahoma's largest group of board-certified geriatricians. Geriatricians are trained to diagnose and treat seniors' unique health care problems.

A decline in health is not always the result of aging. That's why we address nagging symptoms before they become bigger problems. Early diagnosis helps prevent minor problems from becoming serious and requiring a hospital visit or long-term nursing care.

The fact is, seniors sometimes respond differently to medication than younger people do.  Also, symptoms in seniors may mean different conditions than they do in younger people.  For example, confusion and memory problems in older adults may signal urinary tract infections or vitamin B deficiencies.  People 65 or better with the following symptoms may benefit from an evaluation by a geriatrician. 

  • Balance problems
  • Frequent falls
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Sleeplessness
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Changes in memory or emotions
  • The blues
  • Fatigue
  • Uncontrollable pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Changes in sexual response and function
  • Constipation
  • Problems with walking