Gerontology Unit


The Unit of Gerontology is concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of acute and degenerative diseases of the elderly, with the basic aim of delaying functional and mental decline, whilst at the same time maintaining self-sufficiency and the best possible quality of life.


The Gerontology Unit provides geriatric examinations and multidimensional assessments to determine the patient’s level of disability. It works closely with the Orthopaedics and Traumatology, the General Surgery, and the Diagnostic Imaging Units, providing integrated diagnoses and therapy.


The main outpatient units are:

  • Chest clinic (lung function tests such as simple and complete spirometry, bronchoreversibility test, DLCO assessment, assessment of maximum inspiratory and expiratory pressures, methacholine test, bronchoscopy, sleep medicine, polysomnography on a day-hospital or outpatient basis, nocturnal oximetry, nocturnal continuous positive pressure ventilation and non-invasive ventilation).
  • Syncope and cardiological diagnostic clinic
  • Sore Clinic
  • Osteoporosis clinic

The acute ward, aimed at the treatment of acute diseases in elderly patients, provides non-invasive ventilation and respiratory and vascular diagnosis, and has nursing staff with specific training in the healthcare and treatment of the elderly.


  • Diagnostic performance of traditional and innovative techniques of Multidimensional Assessment
  • Pharmacoepidemiology in geriatric patients
  • Respiratory diseases in the elderly: non-pulmonary effects of respiratory disease, respiratory effects of metabolic diseases, respiratory function assessment, effect of body composition on the response to respiratory rehabilitation in patients with COPD, the link between COPD and cardiovascular disease
  • Nutrition: the link between diet quality and osteoporosis
  • Telemedicine: development of remote monitoring models for elderly patients, particularly those presenting with chronic diseases (e.g. chronic obstructive bronchitis, diabetes mellitus)
  • Development of computer models for improving treatment quality and continuity of care
  • Angiology: minimally-invasive therapeutic techniques for venous insufficiency


  • Ageing Medicine Centre, Agostino Gemelli University Hospital, Rome
  • Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Ottawa Hospital (Canada)
  • INRCA, Cosenza (Italy)
  • Fondazione Santa Lucia IRCCS, Rome (Italy)
  • Institut du Viellissement, Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, Tolosa (France)
  • Lazio Epidemiological Monitoring Centre, Rome (Italy)
  • Palermo University
  • University of Florida, Gainsville (USA)


Tel.: (+39) 06.22541.1489 | Fax: (+39) 06.22541.1638 |


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