Geriatric medicine at MaineHealth focuses on the unique needs of older people while also giving families resources and education to help care for their loved one. Find a Geriatric Medicine Doctor from our directory of providers.
What is Geriatric Medicine?
Geriatric medicine is geared toward preventative care for seniors. Their needs and concerns are handled by doctors with specialized training in caring for the elderly. These providers focus on the importance of older people managing their health care and maintaining their independence.
Older people do not need to see a geriatric doctor to have specialized care. Your provider can perform a geriatric assessment that looks at physical health, cognition, and your environment. A geriatric assessment is more than a physical exam. It looks at functional capabilities and quality of life. Talk to your primary care provider about a geriatric assessment.
Focus on the Unique Needs of Older Adults
Geriatric medicine considers the unique healthcare needs of older adults. Older patients, for example, may be on multiple medications and have a range of health problems to manage.
Geriatric medicine focuses on health promotion and disease prevention.
Higher Risk Factors for Older People
Seniors are at a higher risk of developing illnesses or diseases. Health conditions that affect older adults in higher numbers include: