Geriatrics

Overview

Personal Care As You Age

Older adults have special healthcare needs that can make their medical care more complicated. More than half of adults age 65 and older have 3 or more medical problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, or high blood pressure. Caring for older people with multiple health problems can be tricky, even for healthcare professionals who specialize in Geriatrics, the medical care of older adults.

For example, prescribing medications for a patient with multiple health problems is more complex. A drug that might be useful in treating one health problem can make another problem worse, and taking multiple medications can cause problematic drug interactions and side effects.

A geriatric care provider should be consulted when

  • An older person’s condition causes considerable impairment and frailty. These patients tend to be over the age of 75 and have a number of diseases and disabilities, including cognitive (memory) problems.
  • Family members and friends are under considerable stress as caregivers.
  • Family members and patients have trouble following complex treatments, or dealing with many healthcare professionals for their multiple health problems.
Please contact CCMH at 712-265-2700 if you feel you or a family member would benefit from seeing a geriatric care provider.

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