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Geriatric Medicine

geriatric medicine in chennai

With increasing age one encounters more and more medical conditions and complications. In the overall health and care of the elderly population, there is strong and complex interdependency of multiple medical, psychological, nutritional, and social issues.
Geriatric Medicine is a specialty that focuses on medical issues and diseases of old age. It is a unique approach to primary healthcare focused on the needs of older adults.
A Geriatrician is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease and disability in older adults. They are board certified, usually in either internal medicine or family medicine, and have received additional certification or training in geriatric medicine. Older people may react differently to drugs and geriatricians with their thorough knowledge of drug interactions, adverse drug reactions, and how these might be affected by different diseases will be able to provide better care.
Geriatric physicians are concerned with health problems that commonly affect older adults, such as falls, pain, incontinence (involuntary loss of urine), memory loss, and medication side effects. They will be able to evaluate an elderly patient’s ability to care for him or herself (e.g., prepare and eat meals, dress, bathe).

Medical conditions that geriatricians may treat are:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer (e.g., ovarian cancer, prostate cancer)
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stroke

To address issues that affect the elderly geriatric physicians are often part of a health care team that focuses on all aspects of health care and work. Medical professionals who work with geriatricians include nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, nutritionists, geriatric psychiatrists, physical therapists, and pharmacists.

Geriatric Medicine programme 

The Geriatric Medicine programme specializes in diagnosing and treating elderly patients with complex medical conditions.

To improve quality of life and preserve independence for geriatric patients we have a comprehensive geriatric care plan. We provide specialized, expert care for older Adults.
We refer older adults for geriatric assessments and they will be seen by a nurse and physician trained in geriatric problems.

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