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Geriatric medicine is a field that focuses on providing care for elderly patients. This includes health assessments, management of diseases, therapies for rehabilitation.

Geriatric medicine is a huge field that covers all sorts of treatments for the elderly. This involves:

  • Health assessments
  • Immunisation
  • Rehabilitation which includes:
    • Physiotherapy to improve mobility and coordination
    • Occupational therapy to improve quality of life in those with chronic conditions
    • Speech therapy to improve communication and manage swallowing disorders
    • Dietetics to improve management of chronic diseases
  • Management of geriatric diseases such as:
    • Cognition & memory disorders
    • Continence problems
    • Falls & balance disorder

Geriatric medicine involves doctors and allied medical associates from various fields. This includes:

  • Radiology
  • Dental
  • Podiatry
  • Orthopaedic
  • Cardiology
  • Opthamology
  • Dietetics
  • Psychology
  • Nursing

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