An Innovative Approach to Healthy Aging

The Martha Stewart Center for Living (MSCL) serves to promote and facilitate access to health care resources for older adults and to enhance the public perception of aging. Through the MSCL, patients and their caregivers will have access to programs and resources appropriate for their needs and interests. These may include medical care, healthy living activities, educational programs, caregiver support, and community referrals through the most up-to-date technologies and evidence-based information.

Clinical Care

The Phyllis and Lee Coffey Geriatrics Practice at the Martha Stewart Center for Living is a primary care practice that specializes in treating the health problems of older adults, as well as offering activities, classes and programs designed to help older adults get active and stay active well into old age.

Our clinical care team includes a physician specializing in geriatric medicine and palliative care, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, and medical assistants who work together to deliver comprehensive care. On-site physician specialties such as cardiology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and psychiatry are consulted as needed. The interdisciplinary team focuses on intensive symptom management, enhancement of function, promotion of physical and psychological comfort, as well as the provision of psychosocial, spiritual, and emotional support for our patients and their families. 

The Center social workers are a valuable source for information on hospital and community resources. Working with your care team, a social worker can offer guidance on entitlements and advance directives, as well as on managing stress associated with caring for family members. They can also refer to and coordinate additional support services. 

Palliative care consultation services, provided through the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, are available for patients with serious illnesses. 

Healthy Living Activities / Integrative Medicine 

There is a substantial and growing demand by patients to participate directly in their own healing and health maintenance. Patients of the Martha Stewart Center for Living can participate in activities such as mindfulness-based stress reduction, yoga, Tai Chi, and nutrition programs as well as classes to help keep your bodies and minds stay active and fit such as flower arranging, fall prevention and mindful meditation. We also offer special seminars on topics such as financial tips for seniors, long-term care insurance, advance directives, and advice and information for family caregivers.. 

A Reputation for Excellence in Education and Innovation 

Every attending physician at the Martha Stewart Center for Living is on staff at The Mount Sinai Hospital and a member of the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine. Physicians at all levels of training come to the Center to observe and learn about expert care for older adults which is why U.S. News and World Report ranked our medical school program as number one in the United States for 2010. Our geriatricians are involved in many research projects on the science and aging, including studying the neurobiology of aging, innovative educational initiatives, dementia, management of pain and delirium, and ways to improve the quality and scope of care for hospitalized patients near end of life and for their families.