Geriatric medicine is a branch of medicine that is specifically concerned with the needs of elderly patients. It is also referred to as geriatric care or elderly care. It is the process of providing medical care and improving the lifestyle of elders. Since age progresses, various medical issues develop, some of them are diabetes, blood pressure, joint pains, and arthritis. It’s not unusual for elderly patient to develop different types of diseases at the same time especially if they have already been diagnosed with at least one of them before they reach their senior age. Managing these complex health situations is where geriatricians can be helpful.
Geriatricians are physician that specialize in the treatment of elderly patients. Geriatric healthcare team may include nurses, social worker, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists and psychiatrists. They are specifically trained to evaluate and manage the health care needs and treatment preferences of older people.
During the visit, the patient will be examined by geriatrician to determine the medical problem. After examination, doctor will decide what best intervention can be made to improve the situation. It is just not disease that affects old age; there are various other issues that affect the health of old people. Geriatricians promote healthy social relationship and help patients to be as independent as possible.
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