The scope of geriatrics encompasses the physical, emotional, and social well-being of elderly. Geriatricians are trained to address the unique medical needs of elderly, including the management of chronic conditions and the prevention of age-related illnesses. Geriatric care also includes addressing cognitive decline, memory loss, and helping elderly maintain their independence.
The need for geriatric care is increasing as the population ages. According to the World Health Organization, the global population of people aged 60 years and over is projected to nearly double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050. As people live longer, they are more likely to develop age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease and experience physical and cognitive decline. Geriatric care is essential in helping elderly maintain their quality of life and independence as they age.
In addition, the clinic also addresses the psychological, social and environmental factors that could affect the overall well-being of elderly, as well as their families. The clinic helps them and their families navigate the complex healthcare system and ensure that the elderly receive the care and support they need. Geriatricians also work closely with other healthcare providers, including nurses, therapists and social workers to provide comprehensive care to them.