While primary care physicians and other general practitioners are well-loved members of your medical team, it is wise to choose a doctor with a senior speciality as you begin to age past 55. Geriatricians, or doctors who specialize in senior care and issues, are an important part of healthy aging. These doctors see only aging adults and have an acute understanding of the aging process and conditions that may arise. Geriatricians can recognize medication complications and are aware of preventative care screenings and recommendations for aging adults; more so, typically, than a primary care doctor.
Choosing a Geriatrician to guide you through your senior years is a good decision. However, how can you choose one that is right for you? Here are a few things to consider when starting your decision process.
Despite the USA being such a wealthy country, malnutrition is a fact of life for some seniors, who may be on medications that cause nausea or lack of appetite, or have conditions that impact their ability to eat certain foods. Providing a nutrient-rich diet is actually one of the key ways to boost the health and well-being of an older adult. Seniors who eat healthy diets can lower high blood pressure and cholesterol as well as reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss and anemia. Making sure that seniors eat well can be a bit of a tricky business though, as they generally need fewer calories than younger adults but the same amount of nutrients, if not more.