What professionals make up a geriatric care team?

Dr. Aruna V. Josyula, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

Geriatric care usually consists of a team-based approach. The care team can include, but is not limited to, a geriatrician, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, social worker, pharmacist, nutritionist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech therapist. This team focuses on evaluating medical, social and emotional needs, with special emphasis on common problems in older adults, such as memory problems, falls, incontinence and multiple medications. The ultimate goal of this care team is to help older adults age gracefully.

Specialized care of older adults can occur across multiple settings and locations including outpatient offices, hospitals, skilled-nursing or assisted-living facilities and the home.

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