Who They Are and What They Do…
A geriatrician is a medical doctor with post-graduate training in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine and 1-2 years additional training on medical, social, and psychological issues concerning older adults. A geriatrician manages the multiple health concerns of older adults and functions as the “Primary Care” physician. This physician practices a holistic approach to frailty and quality of life to older adults.
- Specializes in senior citizen care focused on identifying differences between disease and aging effects
- Functional ability, independence, and quality of life is of greater concern
- Works frequently with caregivers and decision makers for senior adults
- Understands and works with seniors to manage multiple medications to ensure that they work together in a positive way for the senior
Care for “Geriatric Giants” (or primary care concerns for seniors): immobility, instability, incontinence, impaired intellect or memory, impaired vision and hearing.