It is so important that a senior’s physician understands that they have different needs and requirements. For example, they must pay special attention to medications, because the potential for drug interactions is high. According to the Alliance for Aging Research, the average 75-year-old has three chronic medical conditions and takes five prescription medications. There are also a whole host of other issues that physicians must consider when treating older patients. Physicians must have a knowledge of specific diseases and also know how those illnesses affect a patient’s functional and psychological state.
Good geriatric care can make an enormous difference. Older adults whose health is monitored by a geriatrician enjoy more years of independent living, greater social and physical functioning and lower presence of disease. They also show increased satisfaction, spend less time in the hospital, and exhibit markedly decreased rates of depression.
Geriatric care managers do not just assist with medical needs either. They can help families with housing, home care services, medical management, communication, legal care, financial issues, and ensuring safety and security. By assisting with these needs, the caregiver has less stress, and can enjoy their loved one more.