Geriatrics treats diseases and disorders related to aging. The geriatrician’s mission is to assess the state of health of an aging person, to prevent the risks associated with this state of health, and to maintain or restore the patient’s autonomy.

He is the leader of a multidisciplinary team composed of neurologists, rheumatologists, psychologists, osteopaths, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists for global care. There is no real age requirement to start consulting a geriatrician, but this specialty is aimed more specifically at people suffering from age-related degenerative pathologies.

When to consult a geriatrician?

  • Global geriatric assessment

  • Memory loss complaints

  • Decrease in functional abilities/ mobility

  • Depression and emotional distress

  • Chronic pain

  • Post-fracture evaluation

  • Osteoporosis

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure and other Cardiovascular diseases

  • Parkinson diseases

  • Alzheimer diseases

  • Incontinence

  • Elderly nutrition

  • Multiple chronic diseases

  • Polymedication

  • Post-Hospital Admission or post-surgery

Course of the visit

INFORMATION: the geriatrician interviews the patient and his relatives to find out the reason for the consultation, existing pathologies, personal, medical, and family history, daily activities, as well as the situation at home (autonomy, hygiene of life, morale).

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: The geriatrician then physically examines the patient, as a general practitioner would: blood pressure, auscultation with a stethoscope, palpation of the abdomen, ENT check. In addition to this, he assesses the patient’s cognitive functions, physical and psychological state.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: the geriatrician shares his diagnosis with the patient and his relatives. He can prescribe a treatment or complementary examinations, he can also refer the patient to a specialist or therapist so that support adapted to the evolution of his health condition and the maintenance of a maximum autonomy can be set up.

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