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Senior Health Q&As
Maureen Q. Russell, MPH, RN
Can a geriatric doctor replace a primary care physician?
<p>A physician who specializes in the care of frail elders, or those with complicated medical needs, is known as a geriatrician. They often function as the primary care provider, but may also see patients in consultation. Not all older (over 65) patients need a geriatrician. Those with the good fortune to remain healthy and fit do perfectly well with a family care practitioner well into advanced old age. Others with more complicated health issues often benefit from transferring to the care of a geriatrician. Of note: with the baby boomers now entering the age of retirement - there are far too few geriatricians in training or in practice to meet the need.</p>
- QShould I be worried about my elderly mother losing weight?
- QHow can I keep a senior citizen safe during the summer?
- QHow can faith help seniors accept living in a nursing home?
- QWhy see a geriatrician versus a family physician or internist?
- QWhat if a high-risk older driver refuses to stop driving?
- QWhen should a senior citizen stop driving?
- QWhat is the size of the elderly LGBT population?
- QShould my elderly parent see a doctor if he or she is underweight?
- QWhat should be included in a comprehensive assessment for an older adult?
- QWhat do nighttime trips to the bathroom mean?
- QWhy are the elderly susceptible to infection in the hospital?
- QWhat are some medications that can cause side effects in older adults?
- QHow can older adults improve their balance and reduce falls?
- QWhat are the top health challenges for seniors?
- QShould elderly with low sodium drink less water and eat more salt?
- QWhy do old people tend to get chilly so easily?
- QDo other cultures treat senior citizens better?
- QShould I be planning financially for retirement?
- QHow do mitochondria become inefficient?
- QWhat is the mission of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging?
- QWhat challenges do LGBT older people face?
- QWhy is the care of the aging LGBT population an issue?
- QWhat is aging in place?
- QWhat is a geriatric medicine specialist (Geriatrician)?