Center for the Aging
Director: Stephen Bartels, MD
The Dartmouth Center for Health and Aging at the Geisel School of Medicine (formerly the Center for Aging), housed in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, was established in 1992 with the receipt of the Herman O. West Endowment and the allocation of Program Development Funds (PDF) from the Office of the Dean. The Centers for Health and Aging represents, in part, a successful "spin off" of the Dartmouth COOP Network's research and demonstration projects. It aims to improve the quality of life for northern New England's more than 350,000 elderly, by fostering research, education and interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Center serves as a catalyst for the continuing improvement of the care of the elderly. The goals of the Center for the Aging are to:
- improve care delivery to the elderly and contribute to the body of research on the care of the elderly
- develop collaborations and partnerships to share information
- expand educational opportunities to the Dartmouth community and beyond
By design, the Center devotes a significant portion of its resources to institutions and persons customarily considered outside the domain of a medical center. The Center's primary focus is to build networks and collaborate on projects that improve geriatric care. The Center's success depends on close collaboration with northern New England's universities and state agencies, as well as with home health agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, policy makers and community based organizations.