Geriatric medicine

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Geriatric medicine

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Geriatrics, or geriatric medicine, is a specialty that focuses on health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults.

What age is a geriatric patient?
“Older people” is sometimes preferred but is equally imprecise; > 65 is the age often used, but most people do not need geriatrics expertise in their care until age 70 or 75.
Gerontology is the study of aging, including biologic, sociologic, and psychologic changes.

What is considered a geriatric patient?
A geriatric patient is an older person with impaired overall function. There is no set age, but he or she is usually more than 75 years old with chronic illness(es), physical impairment and/or cognitive impairment.

What age does geriatric medicine cover?
Not everyone over the age of 65 needs to see a geriatrician. Everyone is different, and people over this age have very different degrees of health, illness, and disability. Geriatricians, however, often provide care for older adults with complicated medical and social problems.

What does a geriatric doctor do?
A geriatric physician, also called a geriatrician, is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and disability in older adults. Geriatric physicians are primary care doctors who are specially trained in the aging process.Nov 13, 2008

When should you start seeing a geriatric doctor?
People over the age of 65 often wonder if they should start seeing a geriatrician instead of their regular primary care physician, as their health care needs tend to change and may become more complex as they get older.

What does a geriatric assessment involve?
These conditions are common in older adults, and they may have a major impact on quality of life and disability. Geriatric syndromes can best be identified by a geriatric assessment. Although the geriatric assessment is a diagnostic process, the term is often used to include both evaluation and management.Oct 19, 2018

How do I become a geriatric doctor?
To become a geriatrician, students must complete the following education and training requirements:
(Undergraduate degree (e.g., Bachelor's of Science
(Medical degree (e.g., M.D., D.O.; from an accredited medical school
(Residency program (3–5 years of training in a general medicine, usually in a hospital or clinic

Why is geriatric medicine important?
Geriatricians specialize in the care of older adults, whether working as consultants or as primary care physicians. Their role in primary care is increasingly important because our current primary care system is ill-equipped, and in some cases, unwilling, to provide care for older adults.Jun 28, 2017

What is the difference between a geriatrician and a gerontologist?
Both deal with aging but geriatrics focuses on the care of aging people while gerontology is the actual study of the aging process. A geriatrician, or geriatric physician, works to promote health in the elderly while preventing and treating diseases prone to older adults.Oct 8, 2013

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