If you’re seeing the same primary care doctor at age 70 that you were at age 45, it may be time for a change. While your doctor knows you well by now and is familiar with your medical history, there may be a better choice out there. Especially if you notice more and more health problems arising as you get older. Home care Portland ME clients can couple their regular caregiver assistance from an RN or CNA with the medical care of a geriatrician.
Geriatricians are physicians who specialize in medical care of the elderly. Geriatricians have completed a one or two year fellowship in geriatric medicine following a residency in internal or family medicine. They are well versed in the medical, social and psychological concerns of older patients, age 65 and older.
By focusing their attention on seniors, geriatricians are better equipped to handle the changes and conditions that arise in this population of adults. They have a more in-depth knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, osteoporosis, arthritis, mobility problems, and other issues that are generally specific to the elderly. Individuals are able to gain a more customized level of care when seen by a specialist.
Do I need a geriatrician?
The answer to this question is wholly dependent on your own individual needs. Not every senior requires the care of a geriatrician. In fact, it is not realistic with the number of geriatricians currently available and the growing population of baby boomers. Any healthy senior can be rest assured they are in good hands with an internist of doctor of family medicine.
However, if you find yourself or loved one experiencing serious conditions linked to advancing age, such as dementia, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a geriatrician. The patients who best benefit from this specialized care are those with multiple medical problems, and/or limited social support.
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