As we age, our health needs become much more complex.
Increased susceptibility to disease. Adults over the age of 65 are more susceptible than any other age group to disease and illness. In fact, most older adults are currently managing two or more chronic medical conditions. Heart disease, COPD, and diabetes are some of the most common ones. Debilitating wear-and-tear disorders like arthritis can also take a toll. Seniors are also forced to confront dementia, cancer, heart attack, and stroke – conditions no one wants to think about before they have to. Even commonplace issues like the flu can have life-threatening consequences for the elderly or those with impaired immune system functioning.
Medications require periodic adjusting. It’s no surprise that most adults of a certain age are taking multiple medications to manage different disorders. Sometimes, these medications can interfere with each other or cause other disruptive side effects. Medicine can also affect your body differently at different ages and stages of life. What worked for you at 25, 50, or 70 may not work for you now.
Physical health is just one part of the problem. Dealing with chronic health issues can take psychological and emotional tolls, too. Depression, anxiety, and fear are common among older adults. These problems are not a natural part of the aging process. Often, they are the result of other factors – including illness and the numerous issues that can stack up over a lifetime. Retirement, losing loved ones, diminished physical function, and loss of independence can weigh heavily on a psyche and show up in a variety of ailments.
Choose a Fellowship-Trained Geriatrician for Your Primary Care
Older adults face increased health risks, and treating them requires complex and nimble medical solutions. So, you’ll want to make sure you and your loved ones are getting the right kind of medical care, from the right kind of doctor. Choose a doctor experienced in geriatric medicine who can provide the type of personalized, time-intensive care older adults require.
Dr. Eddie Richardson at Lake Oconee Concierge Medicine is a fellowship-trained geriatrician with the experience and training to help mature adults maintain optimal health and wellness. He thoroughly understands how medicine can affect an aging body and tailors his care to best improve a patient’s body, mind, and spirit. Dr. Richardson’s specialties also include palliative care, so he can help keep those facing a terminal illness as pain-free and comfortable as possible. He treats geriatric patients in a variety of settings: inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory.
As an added benefit, as a concierge member at Lake Oconee Concierge Medicine, your doctor is available 24/7 . It’s just one of the many benefits of our concierge care.
Geriatric Healthcare in Eatonton, GA
Make sure you or the older adult in your life is getting proper geriatric healthcare. You couldn’t do better than becoming a personalized medicine patient of Dr. Eddie Richardson at Lake Oconee Concierge Medicine in Eatonton, Georgia. Call us at (706) 484-9824 for more information or sign up now.