The J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation – one of the world’s first geriatrics-focused health care centers – conducts a wide array of leading-edge clinical, rehabilitation, wellness and research programs to help seniors and their families understand and address the unique physical, mental, social and emotional challenges that accompany aging.

The section employs an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate and treat medical, mental and functional problems at the same time. A patient’s care team may include a geriatrician, neurologist and psychiatrist with nurse practitioners, physical therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and pastoral care representatives brought in as needed or as desired. There are two Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) units, located on the main campus in Winston-Salem and at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center.

The Sticht Center houses two major affiliate programs: The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and the Kulynych Center for Memory and Cognition Research.

Supported by a federal grant of $8.7 million over five years, Wake Forest Baptist has established 
a new center for research into Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center at Wake Forest Baptist is among 31 National Institutes of Health-funded research centers in the country. The mission of the new center is to advance Alzheimer’s research and education and to contribute to the national network of research centers. Its primary focus will be on the roles vascular and metabolic disorders have in the occurrence of Alzheimer’s.

Wake Forest Baptist physicians and scientists are currently conducting 23 clinical trials related to aging and nine dealing specifically with Alzheimer’s.