Geriatrics Specialist

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Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Services located in Elkton, MD

As you grow older, it’s important that you have a health care team that understands your specific needs and the effects that aging may have on your health. The team at Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists in Elkton, Maryland, offers specialized primary care for men and women over 65. For expert geriatric care, call or schedule an appointment online with their office today.

Geriatrics Q & A

What is geriatric care?

Geriatric care, also called geriatrics, is a field of medicine that focuses on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic disease for men and women who are 65 years old or older. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, geriatric patients are 2.5 times more likely to need inpatient hospital care than men and women who are 45-64 years of age.

The goal of geriatric care is to:

  • Empower you to strive for wellness
  • Prevent acute disease, like pneumonia and flu
  • Prevent progression and complications of chronic disease
  • Educate you about healthy living and signs of disease
  • Increase your knowledge so you can make better choices
  • Support your health care decisions and goals for your health
  • Promote safety and prevent traumatic injuries

Primarily, geriatric care seeks to give you the resources you need to live the healthiest life possible as you get older.

What are the specific needs of geriatric patients?

Men and women over the age of 65 are more likely to struggle with chronic health conditions or long-term effects of diseases such as:

  • Heart and vascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Dementia or forgetfulness
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Immobility
  • Incontinence
  • Frequent infections
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Slow-healing or nonhealing wounds

Older adults are also at higher risk for traumatic injuries, such as falls and auto accidents. With comprehensive geriatric care, you can improve your chances of avoiding and healing from acute disease and preventing long-term complications of chronic disease.

What are the services that support quality geriatric care?

At Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists, they provide many primary care services that support healthy habits and the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic diseases.

Services include:

  • Physical examinations
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Cholesterol checks
  • In-office laboratory testing
  • Diabetes management
  • Specialist referrals
  • Medication management
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Home-health referrals
  • Vaccines, including pneumonia and flu
  • Weight-loss support

The team also offers aesthetic services, such as laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, and skin tightening to help you look your best and motivate you to maintain your health.

Your needs change as you age, and having specialized care is essential to maintaining excellent health through your later years. The team at Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists offers geriatric care for seniors who are generally healthy, as well as those who struggle with chronic illness.

For excellent geriatric care, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists today.