ElderCarelink Blog

Geriatricians specially trained to deal with elder health issues

by Dorian Martin
May 21st, 2012 at 9:21 am

As my parents aged, they began to purposefully seek out a geriatrician as their primary care physician, starting in the late 1990s. Mom’s no longer with us, but my father, who is now in his mid-80s, still goes to this type of doctor (albeit a different one). I asked Dad why he continues to opt for a geriatrician. “I think these doctors may be more up-to-date in their knowledge of procedures and medications and their effect on older people,” Dad explained.

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Palliative care eases elders’ discomfort from serious illnesses

by Dorian Martin
May 2nd, 2012 at 10:22 am

I first heard the term “palliative care” when my brother was caring for his wife, who had lung cancer. My brother thought that this type of care was very beneficial for his wife during her final days so I thought it would be helpful to learn more and share it with you.

So what is palliative care? According to GetPalliativeCare.org, this type of care “is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness — whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.”

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