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A geriatric physician is a primary care doctor who is specially trained in the aging process and who specialize in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases and disability that may affect older adults.
Because of advances in medical care, the number of people who are over the age of 65 is larger than ever before. Geriatric physicians are board certified, usually in family medicine or internal medicine. They have received additional training and certification in geriatric medicine.
Geriatric physicians are interested in health problems that occur commonly in older adults, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, dementia, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, sleep disorders and stroke.
Primary care physicians may also provide care for the older population without serious health concerns, but if an older adult begins to experience disabilities or illness that lead to needing assistance from others, a consult with a geriatric physician may be warranted.