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.