When Should I Switch to a Geriatric Doctor?

A geriatric doctor, or geriatrician, provides specialized care to seniors. Older adults who have a lifelong doctor or medical practice may be hesitant to switch to a new provider, while others may be seeking health care targeted to the needs of aging individuals. These are some of the indicators that it’s time to consider seeing a geriatric doctor, either instead of or in addition to a primary care provider.

What Is a Geriatrician?

A geriatrician is a doctor who is board-certified in family medicine or internal medicine. He or she must also hold a certification in geriatric medicine, which requires additional experience and training related to disease prevention and treatment in older adults.

Who Should See a Geriatric Doctor?

Aging adults often have multiple medical issues. These may require management with more than one prescription medication, which can lead to unwanted side effects and drug interactions. Geriatricians are practiced in caring for those with several chronic health needs and can help with managing medicines and coordinating care between different specialists.

Troublesome symptoms associated with aging may also require the assistance of a geriatric specialist. The following are some common examples:

How Do Geriatric Providers Assist Caregivers?

Those caring for aging loved ones need support from the healthcare community. Geriatrics often serve as the hub of this support system by coordinating care with nurses, psychiatrists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and other specialists. They can also help determine whether it is safe for an individual to continue living independently and recommend assistance that could allow him or her to do so.

Marion Physician Associates P.A. provides adult health care services at two convenient locations in the Ocala area. Contact us today at 352-732-3005 or schedule an appointment with our experienced doctors.

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