What is Geriatrics
Sun, 07/06/2008 - 21:04
Geriatrics is best described as the the branch of medicine that focuses on health of elderly patients. It's focus is to prevent and treat disease and disability, as well as promote general health of seniors. There is no specific age at which a patient is prescribed geriatric treatments, as this is generally determined by the patients profile, and the symptoms that the patient suffers from. Some of the most common treatments are for immobility, incontinence and degradation of memory. Geriatrics may also include elderly care for delirium, impaired vision or hearing, and many other discomforts and diseases that older patients can suffer from.
In the United States, primary care providers that are board certified in either family practice or internal medicine and also have completed the training required to receive a Certificate of Added Qualifications in geriatric medicine are known as geriatricians. However, in the United Kingdom, geriatricians are usually just hospital physicians. Occasionally, some concentrate solely on community geriatrics.
Some of the more specialized geriatrics services include orthogeriatrics, which is a combination of orthopedic surgery and osteoporosis, and psychogeriatrics, which focuses on dementia, depression and other conditions common in the elderly.