Geriatric medicine, or geriatrics, is a specialty in the healthcare field. Geriatricians are committed to giving older adults the care they need by providing prevention techniques and treating diseases.
While some find it comfortable to confront aspects of aging with the primary care physician they have been seeing for years or decades, others benefit from switching to a geriatrician, a primary care doctor who specialize in the needs of people who are aging. The most important thing is to have an open and honest relationship with a doctor you trust.
When you need someone to talk to about the next steps in your health—both physical and mental—reach out.
When to See a Geriatric Medicine Specialist
For some, aging comes with a new set of healthcare concerns. It is more common to have memory issues and falling issues as people age, for example. While it is possible to go well into your senior years without these issues, if they arise a geriatrician might be helpful.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, seeing a geriatrician might be helpful if you are coping with multiple medical conditions and find treatments are impacting one another, if frailty is an issue, or if you are suffering from dementia.
Senior Citizen Health Concerns
With so many advances in medicine, nutrition, and technology, life spans are extending. There are more individuals who are over the age of 65 in American than ever before. It is wonderful that science and technology has been able to add so many years to so many lives but there are medical concerns that are more likely to arise in older adults.
Special training and focus within geriatric medicine may equip a doctor to recognize and successfully treat a variety of senior health issues, including the following.
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Various cancers
How to Find a Geriatrician
If you find yourself thinking it might be time for you or your loved one to visit a geriatrician, explore what you need before committing to a change. Discuss your needs with your current doctor and the staff within their office. You might want to ask for a referral. When asking, remember you’ll want a qualified geriatrician with experience. It is also important the doctor you are switching to has policies and office hours that work with your schedule and that costs incurred will be covered by your insurance plan. The goal to make your life less stressful, not more stressful. Being sure the match is a good one—physically, mentally, and financially—before you switch is important to your overall health.
In fact, some find it is best to start with a few geriatric medicine candidates that meet your criteria. From there, you can set up an appointment and decide if you and the doctor or a good match. If not, visit another doctor on the list. Be sure you feel comfortable with your choice as good healthcare depends on honesty and trust. When medical conditions arise, you want to have the right people in place to help you back to optimal health so you can live your best life.
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