Geriatrics

Geriatrics is the specialty that focuses on the health care needs of elderly people. Geriatricians can assess how treatment for one issue might affect another; for instance, combining multiple medications can lead to unwanted interactions or side effects.

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Diseases & Conditions
Age-related hearing loss
Age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, is the slow loss of hearing that occurs as people get older.

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Aging changes in immunity

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Aging changes in organs, tissues, and cells
All vital organs begin to lose some function as you age during adulthood. Aging changes occur in all of the body's cells, tissues, and organs, and these changes affect the functioning of all body systems...

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Aging changes in skin
Aging changes in the skin are a group of common conditions and developments that occur as people grow older.

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Aging changes in sleep

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Aging changes in the face

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Aging changes in the senses
As you age, the way your senses (hearing, vision, taste, smell, touch) give you information about the world changes. Your senses become less sharp, and this can make it harder for you to notice details...

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Alzheimer - resources

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Elder care - resources

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Exercise and age
It is never too late to start exercising. Exercise has benefits at any age. Staying active will allow you to continue being independent and the lifestyle you enjoy. The right kind of regular exercise can...

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External incontinence devices
External incontinence devices are products (or appliances). These are worn on the outside of the body. They protect the skin from constant leakage of stool or urine. Certain medical conditions can cause...

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Living with vision loss
Low vision is a visual disability. Wearing regular glasses or contacts does not help. People with low vision have already tried the available medical or surgical treatments. And no other treatments will...

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Palliative care - fluid, food, and digestion
Constipation - palliative care; End of life - digestion; Hospice - digestion

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Preventing stroke
Stroke - prevention; CVA - prevention; cerebral vascular accident - prevention; TIA - prevention, transient ischemic attack - prevention

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What is palliative care?
Comfort care; End of life - palliative care; Hospice - palliative care