At Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Geriatrics, we’re committed to taking care of you during the current health care crisis and to upholding our safe care commitment. Virtual and in-person visits are available.
Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Geriatrics provides office-based consultation services for older adults at risk for or with complex chronic and age-related conditions. Consultation is done in the context of each individual’s functional and psychosocial situation, taking into account their goals of care and wishes for the future.
What is a Geriatric Consultation?
A geriatric consultation is a comprehensive examination by a physician specializing in Geriatric Medicine of a new or existing problem being experienced by someone 65 or older.
Indications for referrals:
- Memory Problems
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
- Falls/Difficulties with Walking
- Medication evaluation/polypharmacy (managing multiple medications)
- Multiple hospitalizations in the past year
- Increasing physical, cognitive or social frailty
- Unexpected Weight Loss
- Change in Mood or Behavior
- Difficulties with Personal Care/Managing at Home
- Helping prioritize goals of care
- Helping maintain and enhance well-being as one grows older
Dementia Support Groups & Educational Sessions:
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The Geriatrics department at Cooley Dickinson is led by Rebecca Starr, MD, AGSF. Dr. Starr serves as Medical Director, and oversees departmental integration with community services & providers.
Rebecca has held multiple positions in clinical, academic and administrative leadership, including two years as Medical Director of Medicare Advantage at Health New England in Springfield; Medical Director of the ACE (Acute Care for Elders) protocol pilot at Baystate Medical Center; and Medical Director of PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly) for Elder Service Plan in Cambridge, Mass. She is the recipient of several awards, grants, scholarships and fellowships from SUNY-Downstate; Harvard Medical School; The Samuels Foundation/American Federation for Aging Research; Tufts University Medical School; Baystate Medical Center; and the American Geriatrics Society. She has also pioneered clinical innovations and quality improvement projects including efforts in fall prevention for low-income, at risk elders.
Dr. Starr believes that every individual deserves and can achieve a sense of purpose and well-being, regardless of age or functional limitations.