If you're an older adult (age 60+) or caring for one, your most important doctor may be a geriatrician.
You're probably familiar with pediatricians, physicians who specialize in children's health. Pediatrics grew from recognition that children are not just small adults, but human beings growing into adulthood. Consequently, symptoms, treatments, and medications often differ from that of the adult population (Health Children).
Geriatrics, the treatment of older adults, has grown from the same concept: Older adulthood is also an unique stage of life. Whether or not we like it, older bodies are more likely to exhibit signs of wear-and-tear. When older adults don't feel well, symptoms, treatments, and medications often differ from a younger adult population.
If you're feeling like your age is impacting your health or the health of a loved one, it could be time to seek out a geriatrician. Geriatricians are physicians who are board-certified in internal or family medicine and who have completed additional training in older adult care. Many of their patients have complex medical issues requiring more time and care management. Quality of life is a major treatment consideration (AGS).
Two geriatricians worth following online:
Above all, you want a physician that understands aging and who puts quality of life on the front burner.