Geriatrics refers to specialized medical care for older adults, especially after the age of 60 years in India. Life expectancy has increased. Hence, people living beyond 60 years are increasing in numbers. Diseases interact with pure aging effects to cause old age-related syndromes. Hence, the effects of aging must be considered during the diagnosis and treatment of senior citizens.

Why “specialist” for elderly people?

Clinicians may often:

  • Mistake pure aging for disease
  • Mistake disease for pure aging
  • Ignore the increased risk of adverse drug effects
  • Forget that older adults often have multiple underlying disorders that accelerate the potential for harm.
Common problems in old age:
  • Delirium – Serious disturbance in mental abilities that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of surroundings.
  • Depression – A mood disorder characterised by loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life
  • Dementia – A chronic or persistent disorder of the mental process caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.
  • Incontinence – It is the lack of voluntary control over urination or defecation.
  • Orthostatic Hypotension – A form of low blood pressure that happens when standing up from sitting or lying down.
  • Falls – An event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level.
  • Dizziness – An altered sense of balance and place, possibly described as lightheaded, feeling faint or as if head is spinning.
  • Osteoporosis – A condition in which bones become weak and brittle.
  • Polypharmacy – It refers to the use of multiple medications in a patient, commonly being on 5 or more medicines.
  • Multiple Joint Pain – especially painful during movements.
  • Frailty – It is a state of increased vulnerability resulting from aging associated decline in reserve and function across multiple physiological symptoms.
  • Failure to thrive – It is a condition which includes weight loss, decreased appetite, poor nutrition, and inactivity.
  • Elder Abuse – It is a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an exception of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.
  • Chronic Disorders -
    • Diabetes Mellitus – Increased blood sugar level over a prolonged period causing symptoms like increased urination, increased thirst.
    • Hypothyroidism – A condition in which thyroid gland does not provide enough thyroid hormone.
    • Hypertension – Increased blood pressure could be due to aging also.
    • Dyslipidemia – Abnormally elevated cholesterol or fats(lipids) in the blood.

At KMCT MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL, we have pioneered a new model for geriatric medicine. Our top-rated physicians are simultaneously helping to manage the health of mature adults while enhancing the patient experience through the aging process. Our specialized programs are designed to improve elderly patient’s independence, and well-being. Whether you are living with memory loss and dementia, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, or immobility, our goal is to improve your overall quality of life, while providing support and education for your family members and caregivers.

We provide you the best care. Mail us : hospital@kmct.org

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