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What is geriatrics?

Geriatrics is the field of medicine focused on the care of elderly people. Doctors who are geriatricians are typically either internists or family physicians. To be a board-certified geriatrician a doctor must complete a one- or two-year fellowship focusing on geriatrics.

Dr. Oluwatoyin Thomas, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

Geriatrics is a branch of medicine focused on providing medical care for older adults. The medical community is now recognizing that medical care cannot be one size fits all, especially when caring for older adults.

Older adults tend to have multiple health issues, usually three or more, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or Alzheimer's disease. Caring for these individuals can be complicated. For example, choosing medications can be more difficult because a medication used to treat one problem can worsen another, or can interact with other medications and cause side effects.

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