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Geriatric Medicine

As the population of America ages, there will be an increasing need for specialists in geriatric medicine, whose practitioners work to prevent, diagnose, and treat conditions and diseases in older people. Older adults have specific healthcare needs which are often best addressed by a team that, in addition to a geriatric medicine physician, can include nurses, social workers, physical therapists, pharmacists, and geriatric psychiatrists. This team works along with the patient’s, spouse, children, and other caregivers to maximize the patient’s level of functioning and balance quality of life issues with any proposed tests or treatments.

Geriatric Medicine providers listen carefully to all patient complaints since even minor issues or concerns can indicate a larger medical issue. Patient visits should not be hurried and all interventions should be carefully explained. Geriatric medicine is comprehensive in its scope of providing care and support for older patients.

 


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