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What is the difference between a geriatrician and a gerontologist?

What is the difference between a geriatrician and a gerontologist?

Study of vrs health : Agree with wikipedia|: gerontology (from the greek ?????, geron, "old man" and -?????, -logy, "study of"; coined by ilya ilyich mechnikov in 1903) is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. It is distinguished from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that studies the diseases of the elderly. ...Read more

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Geriatrics (Definition)

Geriatrics or geriatric medicine is a speciality that focuses on health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and ...Read more


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What is a good substitute if no geriatrician in the community?

What is a good substitute if no geriatrician in the community?

Options: A good internal med or family med doctor can handle most geriatric issues with any problems.. ...Read more

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I have pectus, will my geriatrician care?

I have pectus, will my geriatrician care?

No! Why?: Regardless of whether you have pectus excavatum (hollow chest) or pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) makes no difference to me as a geriatrician. While it may affect your heart & lungs, it matters not in what i think of you as a patient. I think that's your concern, right? ...Read more

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What special training do geriatricians receive?

Years more training: A geriatrician(md or do), has completed a 3 year residency in internal medicine or family medicine then has done either a 1, 2 or 3 year specialized fellowship in geriatrics(as a cardiologist or other specialist would do). After this training, one takes a board certifying test to prove ones expertise in the field. There are some docs that "grandfathered in" in the past without the fellowship. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about geriatricians? What do they do?

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What can you tell me about geriatricians? What do they do?

Geriatricians: Thanks for asking! I lifted following from www.americangeriatrics.org: "A geriatrician is a medical doctor who is specially trained to meet the unique healthcare needs of older adults...prevent, manage and develop care plans that address the special health problems of the elderly...often work as part of a team with other healthcare providers, including nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists." ...Read more

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When must I first consult a geriatrician if I am an older adult?

When must I first consult a geriatrician if I am an older adult?

Anytime: Some people want to see a geriaitrcian as a primary care because they are comfortable dealing with aging process. Others are seeking second opinion because they are concerned about the aging process. After having second opinion visit, some people switch to a geriatrician... ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with POTS & have a lot of stomach issues. I have been told to find a gerontologist that specializes in POTS. Where would I find one?

I was diagnosed with POTS & have a lot of stomach issues. I have been told to find a gerontologist that specializes in POTS. Where would I find one?

POTS n PANS: POTS falls under the more general term Dysautonomia. Do you know the cause of your POTS. We see it often after a Life Trauma. I've seen it in Lyme disease, but also in things like Chiari malformation, Lateral Medullary Compression. Although used as a diagnosis by some, I like to find the cause. ...Read more

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Is there a type of doctor for young adults, like there are pediatricians and geriatricians?

Is there a type of doctor for young adults, like there are pediatricians and geriatricians?

Adolescent Medicine: Some pediatricians will go on to train for 3 additional years in adolescent medicine & usually practice & teach at large training centers or in large medical groups. Some pediatricians & some family practice docs develop an interest in adolescent medicine & cater to that group in their local practice. All teens should find a doc that they feel comfortable with & sometimes that takes time. ...Read more

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I don't even want to go to senior yoga, so why should I have to see a geriatrician?

I don't even want to go to senior yoga, so why should I have to see a geriatrician?

Why Indeed: In my office you are not middle aged until 60 (and that number goes up in 2 yr and 5 days). Who you want to see is a doctor experienced with oxidative stress. Os is the reason we age. Manage that and you manage the aging process. ...Read more

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Help looking for a good gp or geriatrician doctor for my old father.?

Geriatric physicians: Can be found on the net or by contacting the american geriatrics society. ...Read more