WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
GERIATRICS AND GERONTOLOGY?
Geriatrics focuses on the health of the aging body. Geriatrics is actually a subset of Gerontology since Gerontology takes a broader perspective.
Gerontology is a field of study and practice that includes the physical, mental and social aspects of aging.
Gerontology was first attributed to Nobel Laureate, Elie Metchnikoff who first used it in 1903. Geriatrics emerged in 1909 by Ignatz Nascher who said: "to cover the same field in old age that is covered by the term pediatrics in childhood…" That created the subset of Gerontology as a field of study and practice known as Geriatrics, encompassing the medical aspects of longevity.
With the rise of human life expectancy and the increase of the aging population, doctors began to agree that health issues associated with age could be treated in a new and different way.
– Osteoporosis – Arthritis – Dementia – Cardiovascular Disease – Hypertension – Cancer – Diabetes
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Geriatrics focuses on the health of the aging body and emphasizes the fact that seniors don’t have to suffer physically in their later years. It uses a comprehensive medical team and approach to treatment that strives to improve quality of life.
The doctors who practice in this field are called “geriatricians.” Geriatricians are doctors from many specialties who have received supplementary training to treat older patients. They can practice in various settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics. Often geriatricians are internal medicine doctors who work with other healthcare professionals to coordinate care for patients with multiple health issues. Their training also allows them to provide guidance on medications. Unfortunately, aging patients often take a large amount of medicines, and a geriatrician can help to create an ideal medication program.
THE LEGACY OF GERIATRICS AND GERONTOLOGY
Advances in medicine and senior living conditions have led to increasingly better lives for older adults. Through Geriatrics and Gerontology, older adults now have access to the basic care and medical treatment they need to live long, healthy lives. If a loved one or a person you are working with needs help with any geriatric care planning or coordination, then we would be delighted to have a conversation with you directly about how we can help.