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Geriatric Care Specialist

Alpha Family Medicine Inc.

Primary Care & Geriatric Care Specialists located in Alpharetta, GA

Aging affects everyone, but no two people experience it the exact same way. As time passes, you’ll face more and more health challenges, but with the right medical team and treatment, you can work to make sure your advanced age is the most rewarding phase of your life. People in the Alpharetta, Georgia, area, can find high-quality care geriatric care for themselves or their loved ones at Alpha Family Medicine Inc., today by calling the office or making an appointment online.

Geriatric Care Q & A

How can geriatric care help me or my loved ones?

Geriatric care is medical care especially suited to the needs of senior citizens. Once you reach the age of 65 and beyond, the effects of aging take their toll on your body, and you may need specialized help that you didn’t before.

In addition to physical health care, geriatric care also focuses on the mental and emotional aspects of health and focuses on helping the elderly avoid many common problems like depression and anxiety that can occur from the major shifts in lifestyle that often occur late in life.

When is it time to seek geriatric care?

Because of the undue stigma attached to aging, you may not be sure that geriatric care is right for you or a loved one yet. There are a few signs that a doctor may be able to help the aging process go more smoothly, including:

Age

Once someone is a senior citizen at age 65, they can benefit from geriatric care as they plan their next stage of life. Even though you may reach this age in great health, meeting with your doctor at the start of your golden years is a great way to ensure you stay that way.

Complex Illnesses

As you age, your chances of contracting one or more illnesses increase exponentially and for illnesses to take a toll on the body. For example, someone with diabetes will often experience further complications as they age, like problems with their kidneys. Geriatric care is often more uniquely suited to these issues than most primary care

Medications

Taking a wide variety of medications, especially if they have complicated dosage instructions, can be a sign that geriatric care would be helpful to you.

Mental and emotional effects of aging

Geriatric care also includes help with things like promoting healthy social relationships with friends and family, exercising, and retaining cognitive abilities and fostering a sense of independence in the elderly.

What are the most common risks facing the elderly?

Geriatric care encompasses treatment for the most common health issues faced by the elderly, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney and bladder problems
  • Dementia
  • Glaucoma
  • Lung disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Macular degeneration
  • Hypertension
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Heart disease

Older people are also at increased risk of falls and similar injuries, especially if they have limited mobility and difficulty walking. These injuries can be exacerbated by common conditions like osteoporosis, so preventing trips and falls is extremely important.

If you are interested in getting better health care for yourself or a loved one of advanced age, call the practice today, or make an appointment online.