The breadth of the division’s clinical programs addresses the varied needs of its patients. Although most older persons are insured through Medicare, Medicaid, and other supplemental insurance, there are large gaps in the benefits provided. Funding for clinical programs can help ensure that all those age 65 and above have access to vital services.
For over a third of a century, UCLA and its affiliated institutions have recognized the need to develop new initiatives in geriatrics and gerontological research to advance knowledge regarding older people and the aging process. The research interests of UCLA faculty span the basic, clinical, social, and behavioral sciences. Research conducted by MPGMG faculty focuses upon the clinical epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of older persons; health services delivery; the physiology of age-related changes; and the basic cellular and molecular biology of aging. The MPGMG regularly holds research retreats to review emerging areas of research, strategize about new opportunities for collaboration, and plan to optimize existing resources.
Basic science research stimulates new discoveries and ideas, promotes collaboration across disciplines, and brings essential resources to bear on important problems that will lead to better ways to treat age-related diseases and maintain successful aging.
The UCLA Division of Geriatrics currently has several research programs underway on such topics as: