As healthcare and sanitation continue to improve, the average lifespan of an adult continues to rise. When someone once could expect to live to a few years past 65, now they can expect to live much longer and have quality years after their retirement. Given the natural body changes that happen as one ages, it is important to have medical care that is tailored to the specific needs of an older adult. Since most adults suffer from multiple ailments, extensive knowledge of patient issues allows for more integrated care. Older adults also benefit from those who are able to have specific training to instruct their next of kin on end-of-life issues that are often confusing and difficult for those around them to discuss.
Doctors who specialize in the treatment of older adults are known as geriatricians. Geriatricians are trained in the specific needs of older adults as well as skilled in identifying drug interactions that may be harmful for a specific condition, instructing family members in integrated care, and becoming knowledgeable of the types of illnesses that affect older adults. Geriatricians are state certified and cannot advertise as such without a specific state license. Doctors at Gilroy Family Medical Group can provide the credentials to treat older adults and their numerous needs with skill and dignity.
As a person continues to age, their health will likely decline. In today’s medicine, this is generally believed to be around the age of 75. After this age, patients begin to experience mental decline, increased risk of falls, and added complications when afflicted with basic diseases such as the flu or pneumonia. Geriatricians at Gilroy Family Medical Group are trained to understand these needs as well as treat them effectively. They are able to provide the patient as well as the family of the patient with expert advice to guide them through the difficult bouts with sickness that older adults often experience.
Gilroy Family Medical Group works with most major insurances. If you have any questions, please call our office and one of our knowledgeable staff members would be happy to help.
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