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What is Geriatrics?

At every age, your medical needs change, and this continues to be true after you reach adulthood and continue to grow older. As you enter into your older years, your health and well-being will benefit the most from receiving specialized geriatric medical care.

Getting medical care from geriatrics specialist Thomas Nguyen, MD, MS and Nguyen Medical Group helps you stay healthy, active, and live life to the fullest as you age. Discover more about the geriatrics field of medicine, and how it can help you in your golden years.

Understanding geriatrics

The geriatrics field of medicine focuses on the medical treatment of older adults, who often have different care needs. When you age, your body tends to be less sturdy than it was in your younger years, and you’re at greater risk for accidents and developing various chronic medical issues.

Dr. Nguyen focuses on helping you maintain the highest quality of life possible at any age. This can involve regularly checking in on your health, helping you manage your conditions, and supporting your loved ones and caregivers.

Services offered in geriatrics

When you receive geriatric care, you can expect the following care, which is customized depending on your personal needs.

Chronic disease management

80% of older adults have at least one chronic medical condition, and 68% have two or more. With chronic disease management, Dr. Nguyen helps you manage and care for your complex medical needs.

This involves ensuring you have the best, least minimally invasive care for your chronic conditions and maintain your highest possible level of health. Dr. Nguyen also ensures you understand and can follow the day-to-day management of your health or can get the help you need to do so.

Liaise with your team

As an older adult, you might have loved ones, caregivers, and community support services helping you stay healthy. Dr. Nguyen can liaise with any professionals and family members involved in your care and ensure they know how to best support you.

Support for mobility challenges

As you age, you’re more likely to develop chronic conditions or injuries that limit your mobility. You might have more difficulty walking around, or you might temporarily or permanently be immobile.

If you have limited or no mobility, Dr. Nguyen can help you maintain your quality of life and limit your pain. Our team can also serve you over telemedicine, to ensure you get convenient support if it’s hard to come into the office.

When do I need to see a geriatric specialist?

There’s no specific age where you need to start getting specialized geriatric care. Generally, though, geriatrics can benefit many adults 65 and up.

Geriatric care might benefit you if you’re approaching or in your golden years and have one or more chronic conditions, significant mobility challenges, or a complicated treatment plan you find hard to follow. It can also help you if you find you need increasing assistance from family, friends, or caregivers in your daily life.

With the right geriatric care, you can continue to thrive in your older years, even when you have increasingly complex chronic conditions and medical needs. To learn more about the geriatric support we offer at Nguyen Medical Group, make your appointment online or over the phone for a telemedicine consultation or in-person appointment at our Boynton Beach, Florida office. 

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