What age qualifies as geriatric?
There’s no set “geriatric” age. Although some patients are considered geriatric as early as age 65, others may not need geriatric care until they’re well into their 70s or even 80s. Your AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City provider will evaluate your past and current state of health to determine whether you need special geriatric care.
What are some of the most common geriatric health concerns?
In addition to the most common health problems for adults, such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity, geriatric patients can also have health concerns usually confined to older patients. These geriatric health concerns can include:
These are only some of the health problems that can be common in geriatric patients today. As the body ages, it grows weaker overall, from the immune system to loss of muscle mass to brittle bones and beyond. This can make you more vulnerable to illness, injury, and most health problems, so it’s very important to get good geriatric care.
How often do I need geriatrics exams?
Most patients should have geriatrics wellness exams at least once each year. If you have ongoing health conditions like Type 2 diabetes or if you’ve experienced a health crisis recently, you may need more frequent visits to maintain optimal health.
In the senior years of your life, a great deal of your health care will focus on preventive measures so there may be a new emphasis on monitoring your health daily or near-daily on your own.
Your care provider at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City will help you avoid preventable illnesses and conditions with customized advice and recommendations. With a combination of diet, exercise, medication where needed, and other customized care, you can enjoy great health now and throughout your geriatric years.
Growing older doesn’t have to mean growing weaker if you get a great geriatrics care team to help. Call AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City or click the online scheduler for help today.