Geriatric Medicine

Geriatrics or geriatric medicine is specialty dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and medical care of the elderly; usually 65 years or older.  Just as a pediatrician tends to the medical needs of children, a geriatrician tends to the special needs of the elderly.  A geriatrician is a medical doctor who is board certified in internal medicine and have additional training in the areas that pertain to the care of the elder.  Based on their training, a geriatrician is better prepared to address health problems such as memory loss, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease and how these medical conditions affect seniors socially and emotionally.

A geriatrician often gathers information about patients’ family, lifestyle, community, support systems,  and their entire medical history in order to appropriately care for the elder.

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