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Providing Compassionate Geriatric Care to Aging Adults and Their Families.

The Center for Healthy Aging, located at Northern Dutchess Hospital, is our resource for adults 65 years and older along with their families. Addressing many geriatric concerns and aging issues, we provide inpatient, outpatient and transitional care as needed. Supported by a full range of experts and specialists, we are committed to helping you live as healthfully and independently as possible.

Candidates who are eligible for referral are older adults who have experienced falls, a change or decline in their physical mobility, cognitive disorders and/or memory loss, including Alzheimer’s disease. Our medical director is a family practice physician with fellowship training in geriatrics, and the Center’s licensed social worker specializes in geriatrics and caregiver support.

For primary care physicians, we can also provide guidance on appropriate healthy screening guidelines for mature patients.

Geriatric Assessment

In order to customize our services, geriatric specialists first perform a comprehensive evaluation that provides a well-rounded understanding of your condition and needs. We look at all areas of your life, including health habits, medications, mental and physical functionality, social support, emotional health and residential environment, in order to help you and your family adjust to the changes that accompany aging. Then we share these insights and the medical team’s recommendations with you, your primary care providers and your caregivers. The services we offer meet you exactly where you need the care — whether it’s in a hospital, rehabilitation clinic or outpatient setting

Inpatient Services

In cooperation with hospitalists (doctors who devote their practice to the care of hospitalized patients), primary care physicians, discharge planners and rehabilitation therapists, we also help plan the safest hospital stay and discharge arrangements. During assessments, we pay close attention to common geriatric challenges, such as falls, changes in mental states, skin care and the management of multiple prescriptions. Our goal is to provide additional care when you’re in the hospital while maintaining close contact with caregivers and primary care physicians to ensure safe, seamless continuity of care from hospital to home. Depending on your condition, sometimes your post-surgery care may require inpatient rehabilitation, which you can receive at one of our fully-equipped rehabilitative facilities such as the Paul Rosenthal Rehabilitation Center or The Thompson House. For more information, see Rehabilitation.

Outpatient Services

Health Quest offers a full spectrum of outpatient rehabilitative services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, that can be customized to your needs. Check with your providers for their recommendations. For more information, see Rehabilitation.

Social Work Services

We can also assist you if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, bereavement and other issues.

A visit with a social worker may be helpful if:

  • You constantly feel sad, worried, fearful, angry or tearful.
  • You are having difficulty adjusting to a major transition, such as retirement or change of residence.
  • You have experienced the loss of a loved one.
  • You no longer feel like going out, doing anything or seeing anyone.
  • You are having difficulty sleeping or don’t feel like eating.
  • You are feeling nervous or anxious most of the time.
  • Family members or loved ones have expressed concern over your emotional well-being.
  • You feel it would be therapeutic to speak with someone about your life.
  • You would like specific services put into place but are unsure how to go about it.

A social worker also leads support groups for caregivers to help them with transitional aging issues and how to care for their aging loved ones.

Health and Wellness

We offer many services to assist older adults and can tailor these services to each individual's needs. Available services include:

  • The latest cognitive tests for detecting the earliest stages of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
  • Caregiver support group
  • Adjustment to aging support group
  • Balance clinics
  • Spring and fall lecture series
  • Community education and events
  • Referrals to community programs and services

Meet the Team


Peter N. Fish, MD
Geriatric Medicine

Location Information

Northern Dutchess Hospital
Center for Healthy Aging
6511 Springbrook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 876-4745

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Jodi Friedman, MD

Dr. Friedman is Medical director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Northern Dutchess Hospital. After earning her undergraduate degree in psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, she received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in Pittsburgh, PA. She completed her residency in family medicine and a fellowship in geriatrics at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She is a member of the American Board of Family Physicians and has a certificate of additional qualifications in geriatrics. Dr. Friedman has most recently practiced with the Institute for Family Health in New Paltz, NY.

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Allison Gould, LCSW-R

Allison Gould is a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work from New York University in New York City, NY. She also has a postgraduate certificate in advanced clinical practice, a certificate in gerontology and extensive training in family therapy. Prior to her social work training, Allison received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. For over a decade, she has provided social work services to individuals and families across the lifespan and is passionate about helping people live healthful and fulfilling lives.

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