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Aging and Women’s Health

A woman’s health needs and disease risk factors increase with each passing year. Our team of women’s health and geriatric medicine (aging) experts offer advanced care that helps you lead a healthy, active life.

Medically reviewed by Rebecca Boxer, M.D. on Nov. 28, 2023.

Older woman and a younger woman talking to a physician in the clinic

Healthy Aging for Women

Your overall health and medical needs change with time. At UC Davis Health, we offer comprehensive women’s health services for every age and stage of your life.

Experts at our Women’s Center for Health and Healthy Aging Clinic provide a range of services to help you get the most from your years.

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Our Difference

Experts in Women’s Health

Our providers understand the unique health care needs of older women. At our Women’s Center for Health, you benefit from programs and services focused on women’s heart health, sexual health and more.

A Focus on Healthy Aging

Our Healthy Aging Clinic provides comprehensive services for people 65 and older. We listen to your concerns, keeping your physical and mental well-being in mind.

Age-Friendly Emergency Care

We’re the only medical center in Sacramento with Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation. This age-friendly emergency department recognition reflects our ability to tailor emergency care to the needs of older adults.


What Health Conditions Affect Older Women?

Certain health conditions become more common as you grow older. We offer women’s preventive health services and the specialized care you need for chronic conditions.

Health Conditions in Older Women

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Women over 65 have a 1 in 5 chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This common form of dementia affects women more than men. Our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program provides advanced services.


You’re more likely to have arthritis after age 50. This joint disease is a leading cause of physical disability in older adults.


Your chances of developing breast cancer, colorectal cancer and certain female reproductive system cancers increase after menopause.


Your risk of having type 2 diabetes increases after age 45. Untreated or poorly managed high blood sugar can damage your organs, eyesight and nervous system.

Heart Disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD), a type of heart disease, is the leading cause of death among American women. Yet many women don’t have symptoms. We offer advanced care at the nation’s first dedicated women’s heart program.


Women often start the transition phase to menopause (perimenopause) when they’re between the ages of 45 and 55. Our gynecology experts offer treatments to ease perimenopause and menopause symptoms.


An estimated 1 in 5 women over 50 have osteoporosis (low bone density). This condition raises your risk for bone fractures. We use advanced dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans to monitor bone loss.

Urinary Incontinence

Older women are twice as likely as men to develop urinary incontinence (urine leakage) and other urinary conditions. Our urology and gynecology experts (urogynecologists) treat all types of urinary conditions in women.

"Women and Alzheimer's," Alzheimer's Association,

"Type 2 Diabetes," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

"Women and Heart Disease",

”Osteoporosis," National Institute on Aging,

"Urinary Incontinence," Office on Women's Health,

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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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“Most Wired” for acute care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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“Most Wired” for ambulatory care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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A leader in health care equality

For the 11th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality.”

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