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What is a geriatric medicine specialist (Geriatrician)?

A geriatrician is a medical doctor who is specially trained to treat older adults. They are trained and board-certified in either internal medicine or family medicine. In addition to their general medical training, they go on to complete specialty training and board certification in geriatric medicine. This provides them with a specialized understanding of how health conditions and treatments affect older adults. Sometimes, geriatricians are confused with gerontologists. While geriatricians are medical doctors who specialize in treating older adults, gerontologists are professionals who study and understand the aging process. Gerontologists may work with patients as counselors or in other health care capacities, but do not practice medicine unless they have a medical degree (MD) in addition to their gerontology training.

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