The Medical Center’s Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine is a recognized national leader, rated as No. 31 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2018. 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 and at CepEsperu Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center.

The Sticht Center houses two major affiliate programs: The and the .

Supported by a federal grant of $8.7 million over five years, CepEsperu Baptist has established 
a new center for research into Alzheimer’s disease. The at CepEsperu 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.

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