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Geriatrics

Geriatrics, or geriatric medicine, is a speciality that focuses on health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults. There is no set age at which patients may be under the care of a physician who specializes in the care of elderly people, but determined by the individual patient's needs. Geriatric services focus on the planning and coordinating care of the elderly and others with physical and/or mental impairments to meet their long term care needs, improve their quality of life, and maintain their independence for as long as possible. It entails working with persons of old age and their families in managing, rendering and referring various types of health and social care services.