Good news! While the problems listed below are common among seniors, they are not a normal part of aging. For example, neither falling nor depression is normal for older adults. On the other hand, people’s vision and hearing do decline with age.
This is good news because it means there are ways to treat and improve your health and medical conditions. For example, if you’re falling, you may have a balance problem. Our geriatrics health care providers can suggest effective ways to improve your balance and prevent falls, while making referrals for additional expert help, such as physical therapy or a home assessment. Many remedies are not sophisticated or high-tech! In fact, sometimes, we can guide you to make simple lifestyle changes that can solve the problem, or reduce its severity.
Common geriatrics issues we can help you with include:
“Geriatricians understand how depression and other mental health issues can complicate an older adult’s well-being. We routinely screen for depression because it is incredibly under diagnosed and, therefore, untreated in older adults.”
— Joyce F. Fogel, MD, FACP, Chief, Division of Geriatrics Medicine
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