The J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation is a state-of-the-art geriatric clinical and research center which combines specialists from the areas of psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine and gerontology and geriatric medicine. The Center is the first facility in the world to incorporate geriatric acute care, transitional care, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and clinical research under one roof. 

The J. Paul Sticht Center on Healthy Aging and Alzheimer's Prevention – 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.

Our Comprehensive Care Is About More Than Medicine 


The J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation serves as the major catalyst for developing models and synergism in the areas of clinical care, research, and education across all departments at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to provide regional and national models of health care that improve the health of the elderly in the Piedmont region and beyond. 

Caring for patients with multiple, complex health problems is a specialty. Whether an older adult recovering from a stroke or a young patient with a traumatic brain injury, each patient has unique physical, mental and social needs.

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 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.