Aging is a natural process that involves a gradual decline in physical and cognitive functions. Geriatric health refers to the medical care of elderly people and the prevention and treatment of diseases and disabilities that commonly affect them.
Healthy lifestyle habits, such as regular physical activity, a balanced diet, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, can help prevent or manage many age-related conditions. Regular health check-ups, screenings, and vaccinations can also detect health problems early and prevent complications.
Geriatric health care providers often specialize in the unique needs of elderly patients. They may use specialized assessments to evaluate physical, cognitive, and functional abilities and create personalized care plans. Geriatric health care providers may also coordinate care among multiple providers and help manage medications to prevent adverse effects and drug interactions.