As a child, you might have had your medical appointments with a pediatrician who specializes in the medical needs of young people. Now, as an older adult, you also have a unique set of medical needs different from adults of different ages.
Many adults 65 and up benefit from receiving medical care with a geriatrician who focuses on the concerns and types of care seniors need. Learn from geriatrics specialist Thomas Nguyen, MD, from Nguyen Medical Group in Boynton Beach, Florida, what the major benefits are of receiving geriatric medical care.
About geriatric medicine
Geriatrics is a specialized form of medicine that’s dedicated to the care of aging bodies. As you age, especially after you turn 65, your body works less efficiently than it did when you were a younger adult, leaving you more at risk for injuries and developing chronic medical conditions.
When you receive geriatrics care, our providers focus on keeping your body as healthy as possible for as long as possible. This includes carefully managing any medical conditions you have, with a focus on keeping you as independent as possible.
Why see a geriatrics specialist?
If you’re over 65 or have a number of chronic conditions, you might benefit from seeing a geriatrics specialist for the following reasons:
Address medical concerns for those over 65
Unlike general doctors, geriatrics specialists are specially trained to diagnose and treat medical concerns common in older adults. Adults over 60 are at risk for different conditions than adults who are younger, and are more likely to have more than one ongoing medical diagnosis.
As experienced geriatricians, our team understands how aging impacts your body and any medical conditions you develop. We’re also here to answer any questions you have about your health and to talk to anyone else involved in your care.
Manage chronic conditions
Older adults often have at least one chronic medical condition, and many have two or more. This can leave you with a complex, confusing medical routine and potentially conflicting medical advice for managing your health.
Our geriatrics team works with you to simplify the management of your chronic conditions while still treating them effectively. We’re also trained in how chronic medical conditions specifically impact seniors.
Work with caregivers
If you have caregivers who help you manage your care, our team is specially trained in effectively working with them. We regularly communicate with both you and your caregivers to ensure everyone involved in your medical care understands what’s required to best support you.
Stay as active as possible
Geriatric care focuses on keeping you active and mobile in a manner that’s realistic for your age and current health. Our team works with you and, if applicable, your caregivers, to develop a daily routine that keeps you strong and active.
On the other hand, if your mobility or medical conditions make it difficult for you to come in for in-person appointments, our providers can offer various support without needing you to travel. We offer many different medical services using telehealth.
With a healthy lifestyle and excellent geriatric care, you can stay active and engaged during your senior years. To get started, call our office or make an online appointment.