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The 26 virtual patient cases in Aquifer Geriatrics provide the national online curriculum for medical and health professions students, in collaboration with the American Geriatrics Society.


Aquifer Geriatrics (webGEMs) helps students learn the principles of geriatric medicine and integrate these principles into the care of their patients. With a range of cases spanning many specialties, the content stands alone as an educational tool or enriches an existing curriculum.

As life spans increase, it becomes even more vitally important to understand the kind of health care our patients need as they age. It’s critical for health care providers to understand the unique health circumstances and preferences that come with aging so they can work in collaboration with one another—a critical asset since more than half of older Americans are managing two or more chronic conditions.

The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24 percent from 15 percent.
Fact Sheet: Aging in the U.S.: Population Reference Bureau