Geriatrics, or geriatric medicine, is a specialty that focuses on health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults.
A geriatric patient is an older person with impaired overall function. There is no set age, but he or she is usually more than 65 years old with chronic illness(es), physical impairment and/or cognitive impairment.
A geriatric physician also called a geriatrician, is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and disability in older adults. Geriatric physicians are primary care doctors who are specially trained in the aging process and age-related illnesses and conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, dementia, frequent falls, frequent urinary tract infection, pneumonia, constipation, vitamin D deficiency, hearing and vision problems, pneumonia, dizziness, etc.
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