Geriatricians are physicians trained in the aging process. They evaluate and manage medical, social, and emotional needs of older adults. Their focus is in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and disability in older adults. They are specialized in geriatric assessment and rehabilitation, preventive medicine, management of patients in long-term care settings, and psycho-social, ethical, legal, and economic issues pertinent to geriatric patients. They give special attention to patients suffering from frailty, falls, incontinence, cerebrovascular disease, dementia, sensory impairment and other cognitive and affective changes that occur with aging.
If you are 65 years and older it is crucial to see a Geriatrician at least once a year to prevent chronic conditions or:
- if you have been diagnosed with a new chronic condition, cancer or mental disorder;
- every time you have been prescribed a new medication by other physicians;
- to make sure that your chronic conditions are under check;
- once a month if you are in a long-term care institution
Dr. Mehrdad Ayati, MD, Board Certified in Geriatrics and Family Medicine