Have You Seen A Geriatrician?

Did you know that seniors over the age of 85 are the fastest-growing segment of the population? If you or a loved one you know is over the age of 65, frequent visits to a geriatrician can make all the difference in your health and overall wellbeing. Geriatricians are specialist in senior health, trained in caring for an aging body.1 Their wealth of knowledge can ensure that you stay healthy and happy throughout your golden years!

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Although Life Alert knows the importance of maintaining your independent lifestyle, Geriatrician’s can work with you regarding your health so you can continue to live your senior years to the fullest. Everyday Health1 gave us a look at how many Geriatricians approach some of the more serious senior health issues.

Frailty. Frailty is an inevitable part of aging, but it may affect an elderly person’s ability to function independently at different times and in different ways, such as making them more susceptible to falls and needing more supervision and assistance. A geriatrician can help anticipate problems and put a care plan in place.
Multiple medical problems. Many seniors manage multiple medical conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and neurological conditions. A geriatrician has special training in how these conditions interact in seniors.
Multiple medications. Multiple medical conditions often require taking numerous prescription drugs. An older body breaks down medications differently than a younger one. Geriatricians are trained to recognize side effects and drug interactions in seniors.
Mental decline. Some loss of cognitive ability is an inevitable part of aging, but certain symptoms may indicate common conditions such as depression or Alzheimer’s disease. Geriatricians are trained to know the difference between the signs of normal aging and those of more serious illness. They can also provide the appropriate treatment for the condition.
Caregiving advice. Being a caregiver for someone with senior health issues can be confusing, stressful, and exhausting. Seniors may need help with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, going to the bathroom, or eating. A geriatrician can help with finding the right outside assistance and support from professionals such as a care manager or a home aide.

According to the American Geriatric Society, there are only about 9,000 certified geriatricians in the United States1. So, of course, finding a geriatrician who is taking on new patients can be difficult, but if you think seeing a geriatrician would benefit you or a loved one, ask your current primary care doctor to help with a referral.

While your new geriatrician can provide the answer to many of your health woes, they are not available 24/7 in the event of an emergency, but guess who is? Life Alert Protection! Simply wearing their emergency pendant can offer you a 24/7 emergency medical response fast with one touch of a button; ensuring the best in home personal protection that you can find. So don’t wait, get Life Alert Protection today! For a free brochure call 1-800-513-2934.

Works Cited:
1. Illades, Chris. “5 Great Reasons to See a Geriatrician.” Everyday Health. 12 April 2013.
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