Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric medicine focuses on health promotion and the prevention and treatment of disease and disability of the elderlies.

Older adults require care plans to address their special health care needs.  As they react to illness and disease differently than younger adults, geriatricians manage multiple disease symptoms to prevent health problems among older patients. Geriatricians are generally primary care physicians who are trained in either Family Practice or Internal Medicine.

The Team Approach

Whenever a team of health care professionals is required to work together in the medical evaluation of an older patient, this may include any or all of the following professionals:

  • Geriatrician
  • Nurse
  • Social worker
  • Nutritionist
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Consultant pharmacist
  • Geropsychiatrist

Who Needs to See a Geriatrician?

Degrees of disability and illness vary among people over the age of 65.  Some have no problems at all, while others have many serious health concerns.

Geriatricians have unique qualifications and training to care for the frailest of older persons, especially those with complicated medical and social problems.   A geriatrician should be consulted when:

  • An older person's condition causes considerable impairment and frailty. These patients tend to be over the age of 75 and coping with a number of diseases and disabilities, including cognitive (mental) problems; or
  • Family members and friends are feeling considerable stress and strain as caregivers.