Geriatrics

Geriatrics is the branch of medicine that focuses on the diseases, debilities and care of aging adults.  Our geriatric providers are devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of older people.

While primary care physicians—general internists and family physicians—care for most older people, geriatricians frequently provide the primary care for older adults who have the most complicated medical and social problems.  Also, because of their unique qualifications and training, geriatricians are often sought to provide consultations for the frailest of older persons.

A geriatrician should be consulted when:

  • An older person’s condition causes considerable impairment and frailty. These patients tend to be over the age of 65 and coping with a number of diseases and disabilities, including cognitive (mental) problems.
  • Family members and friends are feeling considerable stress and strain as caregivers.