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Geriatrics

As your body ages, you may develop more numerous and complicated health issues, and the ways those conditions interact can affect the quality of your life. Geriatricians specialize in managing the complex issues of older adults to maximize your health.

Our geriatrics program provides geriatric medical care to seniors and older people experiencing life-limiting illnesses across all settings. The goal of this care is to help older adults maintain their autonomy and quality of life.

What is geriatric medicine?

Geriatrics is the medical specialty focused on providing quality, comprehensive, personalized care to seniors.

As our bodies age, our health care needs change. Sometimes medications or diseases affect seniors differently than younger adults. A geriatric physician, or geriatrician, helps senior patients and their families manage complicated health issues caused by aging.

Geriatricians are board-certified in either family medicine or internal medicine. They also complete additional fellowship training that allows them to specialize in treating seniors. A geriatrician helps manage many geriatric syndromes (life-limiting conditions that are directly associated with aging) including:

  • Dementia
  • Falls
  • Delirium
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight Loss

Many seniors have more than one illness and take several medications. Geriatricians manage complex health conditions and treatment regimens, and provide education and support to patients and caregivers.

At what age should you see a geriatric doctor?

Generally, geriatricians will see people 65 and older and especially when you:

  • Become frail or impaired
  • Have multiple conditions that require a complex medication and treatment regimen
  • Can no longer receive adequate support from caregivers

Geriatrics at Allegheny Health Network: Why choose us?

Our geriatricians are board-certified internists or family physicians, who have completed advanced training in treating seniors. The goal of this care is to help older adults maintain their autonomy and quality of life.

Senior care with us also includes:

  • Team-based approach:
    Our geriatric medicine providers work closely with caregivers, specialists, and other physicians to provide excellent care and ongoing communication about your health. When we approach your health as a team, there are more people behind you to help you manage complex conditions, take your medications as directed, and provide caregiver support.
  • Accessibility:
    We provide geriatric medicine for seniors in offices across western Pennsylvania. We have numerous locations throughout Pittsburgh– so we’re always close by. When you need to see us, you can schedule an appointment online at your convenience. We also offer extended hours, same-day scheduling, and video visit capabilities so you can get care when you need it most. When you need to contact your physician personally, you can use our MyChart system to send direct messages.
  • Specialized care:
    We can provide continuous senior care no matter where you are, including hospitals, clinics, a long-term care facility, or your home. Whether you are seeking an assessment of geriatric syndromes, such as dementia, or advance planning services, we work with you and your family to ease the burden of a life-limiting illness and improve your quality of life.

Our geriatric medicine services

Our geriatrics program provides geriatric medical care to seniors and older people experiencing life-limiting illnesses across all settings, including:

  • The hospital for severe, short-term injury or illness
  • Outpatient clinics
  • The home
  • Long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living

Our geriatricians help older adults manage their health and maintain their independence. We provide:

  • Annual wellness visits
  • Advance planning to identify who will help you make decisions in the future
  • Comprehensive assessments of geriatric syndromes
  • Medication management
  • Care coordination
  • Caregiver assessments to make sure you have adequate support

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 to learn more about our geriatric medicine services or request an appointment today.

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