Geriatricians are specialized primary care physicians who possess additional education and training in the care of elderly patients. These medical professionals are particularly adept at managing complex health issues in individuals who are 65 years and older.
Dr. Lenusia Ahlijah, who is the first geriatrician trained locally, explained that her journey toward becoming a geriatrician was a challenging one that required her to undertake the training in stages. Nonetheless, Dr. Ahlijah finds the provision of healthcare for elderly patients to be a rewarding experience. It involves interacting with them, attending to their needs, and advocating on their behalf. Ultimately, such care can significantly improve the quality of life for elderly individuals.
Dr. Ahlijah further noted that the Ghana College of Physicians has also begun training geriatricians to provide healthcare and represent the interests of senior citizens. This move is particularly significant as the majority of older people suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and mental health issues. Unfortunately, many elderly individuals are often neglected as others may be too preoccupied with work or other commitments to offer them the help they need.
In light of these circumstances, geriatricians play a critical role in bridging this gap by providing specialized care to the elderly. Their training enables them to address the unique needs of elderly patients and provide them with the best possible care. Therefore, the increasing availability of geriatricians is a positive step towards ensuring that senior citizens receive the attention and care that they require.
What Does a Geriatrician Do?
Specifically, they concentrate on the following areas that tend to affect older adults in greater numbers:
- Balance Issues
- Heart Disease
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