Geriatric medicine is a medical specialty that focuses specifically on adults over the age of 65. A geriatrician takes a holistic approach to treating conditions that affect the elderly, helping each patient achieve the best outcomes for their situation. Older people may suffer from a variety of physical conditions, illnesses, chronic diseases, and disabilities, and as a result, a geriatrician takes an individualised approach when caring for each patient.
At Star Clinic, our doctors endeavour to provide a supportive and comfortable environment for older patients. With years of clinical experience, our specialists will speak to you about your concerns and provide the best possible recommendations to manage and treat your condition. Get in touch to book a geriatric appointment.
What is geriatric medicine?
Geriatric medicine provides medical care to older people, treating common conditions such as dementia and heart disease. Older adults generally have more complex medical needs and may use different medications. They are also more likely to suffer injuries from falls or require certain treatments for specific medical issues.
Geriatricians are skilled medical professionals who are able to care for patients with multidimensional needs and who may have multiple medical conditions. They also may coordinate with other health specialists (such as physiotherapists) to ensure the patient gets the right treatment and support for their condition.
Conditions geriatricians treat
Seeing a geriatrician will involve a medical assessment in order to determine the specifics of your condition and health. Certain conditions are more common in the elderly, and your geriatrician at Star Clinic is trained to identify and understand your particular needs. such as:
- Dementia and other cognitive disorders
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Issues with mobility and frailty
- Injuries from falls
- Nutritional issues
What to expect
During your geriatric appointment, you will be able to discuss the health issues you are concerned about with a trained professional. Due to chronic and acute conditions, patients may require more time to ask questions and discuss a longer medical history. Doctors who specialise in geriatrics understand this, and they are able to cater to patients who suffer from complex or multi-layered health issues.
Geriatric doctors specialise in health concerns that commonly affect seniors. As a result, you can expect to gain personalised and professional advice from someone who understands the issues you are facing and how to treat them. Your geriatrician will discuss your concerns with you, assess your health and medical history, and devise a treatment plan specific to your needs. During your assessment, your doctor can examine for issues such as:
- Impacted cognition
- Ability to manage daily activities
If required in your case, these issues may be discussed alongside specific health issues such as dementia, arthritis, diabetes, or injuries from falls. We can then target the issue and develop treatment approaches and strategies to support you in your daily living. This may include medications, plans for physical activity, diet, or collaboration with another medical professional such as a physiotherapist. Since some conditions may require ongoing management, we can also provide ongoing support, rehabilitation, and management plans.
Your geriatric doctor is qualified to identify, understand, and treat issues affecting older adults. Therefore, you can take comfort in knowing you are in good hands with doctors who will prioritise your health and well-being.
Book your geriatric appointment at Star Clinic
At Star Clinic, we understand that each individual has their own needs and preferences. Our geriatric doctors take time to listen to each patient and understand their medical history and current needs. We prioritise compassion and respect, endeavouring to answer all of your questions and taking a holistic approach to treatment plans. Additionally, we will provide quality recommendations that help you restore day-to-day comfort and confidence and achieve the best possible quality of life.
If you are thinking of seeking a doctor of geriatric medicine, contact the clinic or book an appointment to speak to our friendly staff.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of issues do geriatricians treat?
A geriatric doctor can treat a wide range of health problems that may be psychological, functional, social, or nutritional. So, whether you are seeking to improve your overall health or manage a chronic health condition, your geriatrician will be able to help.
Do I need a referral to see a geriatrician?
You will need a referral from your GP to see a geriatrician. Your doctor will be able to pass on useful information to your geriatrician to help you get the best outcomes possible.
Who should see a geriatric doctor?
People above the age of sixty will benefit from seeing a geriatrician. It is especially important for elderly people with multiple medical conditions and serious illnesses, as well as seniors who take multiple medications to treat their health problems.
What does a geriatrician actually do?
A geriatrician will discuss your health with you, recommend appropriate treatment options, and provide ongoing support. Your geriatric doctor may refer you to another health professional if required. He or she may also devise an ongoing treatment or management plan to help you stay healthy and active.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Depending on your situation, you may need to bring some things along to your geriatric appointment. These may include:
- A referral from your GP
- A Medicare and/or pension cards
- Any recent blood tests, x-rays, or scans
- Your glasses, hearing aid, or walking frame
- A list of your current medications and supplements
Should I bring someone with me?
We recommend bringing someone with you to your appointment, such as a family member or carer.