In 1971, Robert E. Roush was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine as the founding director of the Center for Allied Health Professions. Since 1985, he has directed the Texas Consortium Geriatrics Education Center, a statewide organization that has trained over 75,000 Texas health professionals in geriatrics.
As Professor, Section of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Dr. Roush teaches medical students, residents, and geriatrics fellows. He also conducts continuing education programs for the Section of Geriatrics and edits the Baylor’s Huffington Center on Aging’s web pages. Dr. Roush has written over 500 peer-reviewed publications, invited presentations given at national and international meetings and has funded grant applications totaling over $21,000,000.
As president of the National Association of Geriatrics Education Centers from 1997-2000, Dr. Roush testified before the U.S. Senate and regularly educated our public officials on the need for additional training in geriatrics for all health care professionals. From 2000 to 2002, he served as the 45th President of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. In 2002, he was appointed co-chair of NAGEC’s Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness Committee, a position that led to his work with the Canadian Division of Aging and Seniors on the International Geriatric Emergency Preparedness and Response Work Group. He is a past chair of the Humanities and Arts Committee of the Gerontological Society of America. And at the 2011 GSA meeting, he was elected again to lead NAGEC and The National Association for Geriatric Education. He presently serves on the board of Holly Hall Retirement Center in Houston.
Now in his 45th year at Baylor, his principal work, in conjunction with the Investor Protection Trust since 2009, has been in the area of training health care professionals about the role of age-related changes in making executive decisions about one’s finances and how mild cognitive impairment makes some elders highly vulnerable to financial fraud and exploitation.
Areas of Expertise (11)
Education and Training
Ageing in Place
Public Health and Ageing
Elder Financial Abuse
University Of Texas: M.P.H., Public Health 1979
University Of Houston: Ed.D., Education 1969
Sam Houston State University: M.Ed., Education 1966
- National Association of Geriatrics Education
- Gerontological Society of America
Media Appearances (2)
Financial Elder Abuse a Growing--But Preventable--Problem
New American Media online
Baylor Professor Robert E. Roush stressed the urgency of recognizing financial exploitation, which he said can leave seniors impoverished, unable to pay for needed health care or even food ...
When Abuse of Older Patients Is Financial
New York Times
Mental impairment makes people more likely to make financial errors and more willing to gamble with their money, said Dr. Robert E. Roush, director of the Texas Consortium Geriatric Education Center at the Baylor College of Medicine ...
Featured Articles (5)
In this chapter, the authors present an overview of the medical literature on risk factors associated with increasing an elder’s vulnerability to being financially exploited. They also describe a national continuing medical education program to raise clinicians’ awareness of the issue and what healthcare professionals can do to help prevent the adverse consequences of the loss of their patients’ wherewithal to have a good old age.
The progression of evaluation approaches shifting from counting training activities to measuring outcomes from evidence-based training is documented for six U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration-funded Geriatric Education Centers that have collaborated on geriatric emergency preparedness and response (GEPR) training and evaluation initiatives.
This chapter provides a historical perspective of the evolution of policy, funding, training, and resources to address the age-appropriate needs of older persons and the healthcare workforce that serves them in planning, response, and recovery from disasters.
48 U.S.Geriatric Educ.Centers (GECs) train faculty, students & community providers to render age-appropriate care. 3 GEC directors present examples of programs on late life mental health issues at Baylor,Stanford & Wyoming.
Due to age-related factors and illnesses, older adults may become vulnerable to elder investment fraud and financial exploitation (EIFFE). The authors describe the development and preliminary evaluation of an educational program to raise awareness and assist clinicians in identifying older adults at risk.