Who is a doctor?
The doctor-geriatrician is an expert, usually a therapeutic specialty, who studies, diagnoses and develops a regimen for the treatment of diseases of the elderly. Who are these "elderly" people? After all, now it happens that even in 20 years a person has a dozen chronic diseases and feels 50. Therefore, in geriatrics it is accepted that an elderly person is a man or a woman at the age of 60 years.
Where can I find a geriatric doctor? Usually this specialist is not found in the usual district clinic. They are in special centers for the study of gerontology (the science of the processes of aging organs and the person as a whole), as well as such in private clinics.
When should I contact the geriatrician?
Most often, a person (not important, a man or a woman) has about four or five chronic diseases by the age of fifty. Over the next ten years, the number of chronic diseases almost doubles. As a result, so-called "senile" diseases occur in the form of deterioration or loss of hearing, deterioration or loss of vision, mental dementia. To maximally keep your health in its original form, you need to turn to a geriatric doctor for preventive purposes already from 55-60 years. It is also worth paying attention to the signs of such common diseases of the elderly as myocardial infarction, ischemic heart disease and stroke. And with the first symptoms, call a geriatric doctor.