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.

They are the leaders of multidisciplinary teams composed of neurologists, rheumatologists, psychologists, osteopaths, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and 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?

Course of the visit

INFORMATION: The geriatrician interviews the patient and their relatives to find out the reason for the consultation, existing pathologies, personal, medical, and family history, daily activities, and 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, and ENT check. In addition to this, they assess the patient’s cognitive functions and physical and psychological state.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: The geriatrician shares their diagnosis with the patient and the patient’s relatives. They can prescribe a treatment or complementary examinations. They can also refer the patient to a specialist or therapist so that support adapted to the evolution of the health condition and the maintenance of a maximum autonomy can be established.

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