Clinics and Services at Penn
The following clinics and services at Penn focus on aging and aging-related diseases. Contact information is provided.
Ralston-Penn Center Geriatric Clinical Practice
Penn Geriatric Medicine physicians are committed to promoting wellness and improving the quality of life for their aging patients. This includes comprehensive geriatric assessment and development and coordination of care planning for patients facing changes in their physical, mental, emotional or residential status. Penn Geriatric Medicine providers are specialty trained in aging wellness with attention to early diagnosis and effective treatment of conditions related to aging, including:
|Balance problems and falls||Hypertension||Pain management|
|Depression||Memory loss||Urinary problems|
Ralston-Penn Clinic for
Osteoporosis and Related Bone Disorders
The Ralston Penn Clinic for Osteoporosis and Related Bone Disorders treats patients with osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases. The physicians at the clinic treat the full spectrum of common bone diseases, including primary and secondary osteoporosis, osteomalacia and Paget's disease of bone. Patients receive comprehensive evaluation, skeletal history analysis and bone density assessment.
Sleep Disorders Clinic for Seniors
The Sleep Disorders Clinic for Seniors evaluates and treats older patients with a variety of unique medical conditions that interfere with restful sleep. Our physicians are specialty trained in sleep medicine with expertise in treating older adults.
The clinic is run by the Geriatric Sleep Research Program with consultation visits take place at Ralston Penn Center. Sleep laboratory diagnostic services are provided at the Penn Sleep Centers.
Geriatric Sleep Research Program
The Geriatric Sleep Research lab is dedicated towards improving the sleep quality of seniors through research, education and clinical care.
Our research projects focus on the following areas in Geriatric Sleep Medicine:
- Insomnia: Pathophysiology of insomnia in the elderly, with a focus on the role of melatonin abnormalities in contributing to insomnia.
- Attitudes: Older adults' cognitive beliefs and attitudes towards sleep disorders and their evaluation/management.
- Sleep Apnea: Characteristics of sleep apnea that are unique to the elderly.
Penn Alzheimer's Disease Center/Penn Memory Center/Geriatric Psychiatry Practice
The Penn Memory Center is the patient care and research component of the Penn Alzheimer's Disease Center, one of 27 nationwide funded by the National Institute on Aging. Here, individuals age 50 and older come for a thorough evaluation and treatment of symptoms of age-related memory loss, and related changes in thinking, communication and personality. We combine the expertise of neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians, and social workers devoted to the evaluation and treatment of dementing illnesses. Clinical research studies and experimental treatment trials, as well as a Caregiver Resource Center and social work services, are available to you and your family members.
Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center & Penn Udall Center for Parkinson's Research
The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center (PD&MDC) is located at Pennsylvania Hospital and provides comprehensive care to patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other parkinsonian syndromes, dystonia, Tourette’s syndrome, Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders. Since its inception in 1982, it has been a regional and national leader in the care of patients with these disorders.
Penn is home to one of the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Clinicians and basic scientists at the new Penn Udall Center are conducting research to understand and develop better treatments for the cognitive impairment and dementia associated with PD. Penn is the only national Udall Center to focus specifically on cognitive functions in PD.
Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness
The Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness (PCWBW) is a collaboration between the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The PCWBW provides clinical consultation and treatment, as well as opportunities to participate in research focusing on conditions related to women’s behavioral health across the lifespan; from menarche to menopause.
LIFE - Living Independently for Elders
LIFE is a unique, interdisciplinary system of all-inclusive healthcare for frail seniors in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Funded by Medicare and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare, LIFE offers these seniors, faced with probable nursing home placement, the choice to instead remain in their community, live in their homes, and receive care in the LIFE adult day center.
Penn Nursing Consultation Service
The Penn Nursing Consultation Service (PNCS) represents a network of over 120 nurse consultants and associates from related professions, such as nutrition, social work, occupational therapy and practice-related business/strategic planning. PNCS provides institutional consultations, professional and consumer workshops and other speaking engagements, as well as consultations to groups of family caregivers, and curricular- and research-related assistance. We are now able to extend Penn Nursing Consultation Services via distance learning and other technologies.
Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center
The Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the treatment and prevention of diabetes. Our Center, unique to the Philadelphia region, provides comprehensive care exclusively for patients with diabetes, pre-diabetes and other endocrine problems.
Penn Heart and Vascular
Penn's heart and vascular services are among the top 10 in the nation and best in the region for providing patient-centered care by the highest caliber of physicians and nurses using the most advanced treatment options available. Services range from consultations and medical therapies to cardiac-assist devices and complex surgical care.
Abramson Cancer Center
At Penn our comprehensive cancer programs provide the full range of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. An expert team is at the core of each center or program. And because we understand the difficulties cancer patients face, we've created an array of support groups and other services to help patients, families and friends cope with issues that often feel overwhelming. The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania is the cornerstone of the Penn Cancer Network, offering subspecialty care not usually available at most community hospitals, as well as the vast research and technological resources of one of the nation's foremost cancer centers.
Penn Cancer Network
The Penn Cancer Network is a select group of community hospitals throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware collaborating with the Abramson Cancer Center to provide excellence in patient care throughout our region. Penn's Cancer Network hospitals are recognized for their excellence in patient care and a commitment to improving the health and well-being of their community.
The Cancer Network offers an integrated system of care between the community hospital and Penn. This means patients receiving care at their local Cancer Network hospital have access to the latest treatments, including Penn's extensive clinical trials program. When they need to come to Penn, our specialists remain in close contact with the patient's local physicians.