Health advancements over the last half-century have allowed humans to enjoy a longer and fuller life span. With a majority of baby boomers reaching retirement and senior years, a greater concentration of the population needs specialized geriatric care. Due to the natural decline of the body at an older age, additional care and attention must be paid to ensure that correct diagnosis is made and treated. Additionally, fifty percent of adults age sixty-five or older have three or more life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, elevated blood pressure, and cognitive disorders. Senior care professionals specialize in care for adults sixty-five and older and are prepared to offer specific care to older adults. The complex nature of multiple disorders affecting the body at the same time are addressed and treated with the specialty’s expertise. Additionally, the potential of drug interactions and side effects much be mastered and countered by a geriatric specialist. These specialists must be able treat the disorder present as well as help screen for additional conditions that may not have expressed at this point.
While all doctors graduate medical school with knowledge and expertise to treat physical conditions, a geriatrician has received additional training, supervision, and accreditation from their governing board. This bespoke training allows a geriatrician to provide more effective care for those sixty-five and older. Specific conditions treated can include cancer, dementia, epilepsy, heart conditions and high blood pressure, stroke, and other life-threatening conditions.
While all doctors are able to provide competent care, specialists are often necessary to offer an additional level of care not present to a general practitioner. For adults over the age of sixty-five, especially those with multiple disorders or diseases, a geriatric specialist can typically be recommended. Additionally, geriatric specialists are trained to interact with family members typically charged with the care of the older adult. The geriatrician can often provide advice and direction to how to care more effectively for the member of the family.
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