What is Geriatric Medicine: This is the branch of Medicine that deals with the health care of the older people. It is also called Elderly care Medicine. The specialists in this speciality are called Geriatric Physicians or Geriatricians (Elderly care Physicians).
It’s main objective is to improve the well-being and quality of life of older and ageing population.
How does it help older people?
Older people are unique. Their issues are different. More time and attention are needed to recognise their issues and also to understand their wishes and dreams in life. Their medical issues also take longer to get better. Elderly care Medicine caters for these needs.
Everything is not due to age?
Most people have tendency to overlook some issues of older people putting it down to‘age’. Some examples are falls, confusions, memory loss, hearing impairments, lack of teeth and many more. Most of so called issues due to ‘age’ can be helped and improved to make their lives much better. Elderly care services and elderly care physicians specialise in that.
As an elder when do you need it?
If you suffer with many medical issues
If you got many diseases seen by many specialists without coordination
If you take many drugs
If you had recent fails or stumbles
If your balance is poor
If you struggle to walk
If you are struggling to maintain independence and get on with day by day activities of your life for any reason
If you have rehabilitation needs
If your memory is fading or feel confused at times
If you feel low in your mood or feel anxious or panic easily
If your hearing or vision are fading and interfere with your day to day life
If you struggle to eat for any reason including having poor teeth
If you struggle to control your bowel or bladder functions
If you are constipated or suffer with unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, loss of appetite or repeated urine infections
If you have troubling or distressing symptoms interfering with your life and sleep
If you feel frail, very weak and feeble
If you are nursing home resident needing medical attention
What does the centre for geriatric medicine offer?
Prompt medical care for the elderly
Coordination of medical care with multiple disease and disabilities involoved
Solution for ageing related issues
Falls and balance issues
Dementia (memory disorders)
Nawaloka centre for Geriatric Medicine consists of
Speech and language therapists