At OhioHealth, we provide expertise focused on the unique needs
of the geriatric population. Our senior health services include
both inpatient and outpatient care.
Outpatient senior health services offered at The Gerlach Center include clinics and neuropsychological evaluations, as listed below.
Guidance and Support for Senior Health Concerns
The Gerlach Center's multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses,
social workers and other specialized healthcare professionals can
provide guidance and support while helping sort through senior
health and lifestyle concerns, such as:
- Trouble managing familiar tasks
- Memory loss
- The coordination of different medications
- Complicated medical issues
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Unintentional weight loss
- Withdrawal, isolation and lack of joy in life
- Concerns with the ability to live alone
- Changes in mobility or daily independent functioning
Learn more about what to expect from the comprehensive geriatric medical consultation available at The Gerlach Center.
Physicians often request a neuropsychological evaluation when a patient exhibits memory, behavior or emotional changes that are not easily explained or treated.
This testing can assist in diagnosis and treatment of the concern.
Imaging, such as CT scans, PET scans and MRIs, are used to determine how the structure of your brain looks and can show if changes are evident. Additionally, a neuropsychological evaluation provides helpful information to your doctor about how your brain is working — or how well you are thinking. This is accomplished through a variety of discussions and objective measures over several visits with our experienced, doctoral-level neuropsychologist.
Testing areas include abilities related to judgment, reasoning, memory, organization, speed and sequencing. The results of the testing are used to help guide additional treatment.
Please visit the OhioHealth Neuropsychology program page for more information.
Memory Disorder Clinic
To learn more about the OhioHealth Memory Disorder Clinic, or to schedule a cognitive disorders consultation and follow-up appointments, call (614) 566.5858.
At OhioHealth, we offer superior expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive disorders. To learn more, please visit OhioHealth Cognitive Neurology.
Lewy Body and Parkinson's Disease Dementia Support Group
For a friend or family member of someone diagnosed with one or both of these disorders. Respite care and group time is also available for the diagnosed individual.
Staff and Volunteers of the Alzheimer's Association
Call (614) 457.6003 to register.
Location: The Gerlach Center
The Early Stage Memory Group: Journeys
A shared education/support experience for someone with an early stage dementia diagnosis and one of their family members/friends. Funded by The Columbus Foundation, William Greenville Pace Medical Research Fund.
Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio
Call (614) 457.6003 about upcoming sessions.
Location: The Gerlach Center
Grief Support and Grief Counseling
OhioHealth offers support groups about the grieving process and how to cope for all ages, including children, adolescents and adults.
Stroke Survivor Groups
Stroke Association encourages stroke survivors and their
family members/loved ones/ caregivers to join a stroke support
group. These groups provide education, practical recovery
tips, linkage to local resources and introduction to other
survivors and caregivers.
OhioHealth offers the following stroke
Stroke Survivor Group: 1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
OhioHealth Neurological Rehabilitation, Social Worker Sally Oiler, LISW
Call Sally at (614) 566.1124 for more information.
Location: OhioHealth John J. Gerlach Center
OhioHealth Senior Health Services is part of the OhioHealth system of healthcare, which means you have access to a wealth of programs and services throughout the system. Here are some of them:
Aquatic Therapy – individualized treatment plans to help you return to land-based activities
Anticoag/Lipid Clinic –for patients with elevated blood lipids resistant to standard therapy
Balance and Vestibular – therapy for patients suffering from vertigo, dizziness and balance issues
Behavioral Health – professional support for behavioral health conditions
Brain and Stroke Therapy – individualized treatment for neurologic disorders, brain injuries and more
Community Prevention and Wellness – program addresses heart health in a unique approach to care
Congestive Heart Failure Clinic– comprehensive care for heart failure patients
Delay the Disease – exercise to fight Parkinson's symptoms
Dietitians/Nutritionists – individualized nutrition counseling
D.R.I.V.E/ Wheelchair sitting – mobility rehabilitation that addresses driving issues and wheelchair needs
Heart Rehab – comprehensive program to help heart patients live healthy, active lives
Homecare – expert home health care, including medical equipment, infusion pharmacy and hospice
Lymphedema Therapy – specialized therapy treatments to reduce lymphatic fluid accumulation
Palliative Care – pain control and symptom management
Pelvic Floor/Incontinence Therapy – learn more about associated education and treatment
Physical Therapy – advanced techniques to help patients improve gait, balance and mobility
Pulmonary and Asthma Services – treatment for common, chronic pulmonary diseases
Pulmonary Rehab in Marion – treatment for common, chronic pulmonary diseases
Vestibular and Balance Therapy – treatment for vertigo, dizziness, balance and other similar conditions
Wound Care – specialized management in wound treatment
Inpatient Care Specialized for Older Adults
At OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, we offer care that's
customized for patients ages 70 and over on the Acute Care for the
Elderly (ACE) Unit. The goals of this special unit include:
- Treating medical conditions using evidence-based medicine
- Controlling pain
- Maintaining the patient's functionality while maximizing
- Decreasing confusion while the patient is hospitalized
- Providing education regarding the patient's illness and the
In addition, the ACE medical staff helps older adult patients
transition to home or a skilled nursing facility, following a
health-related event for which expert medical services are still
Specialized, Geriatric Medical Team
Care on the ACE Unit is coordinated by a certified nurse
practitioner, who works in collaboration with the patient's doctor
and hospital medicine staff to establish a personalized daily care
The team provides the highest quality care and works hard to help
ACE patients achieve a successful discharge from the hospital. This
- A geriatrician
- A certified nurse practitioner
- Registered nurses
- Rehabilitation specialists
- Home health coordinators
- A licensed social worker
For more information about the ACE Unit at
OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, please read our brochure
(PDF). You can call us with questions, both before or after the
patient's stay at (614) 566.7257.