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Spring 2004

Geriatricians Offer Specialized Healthcare for Seniors

Over the next several decades, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double, reaching 70 million by the year 2030. The medical specialty of geriatrics has been growing right along with this expanding age group.

“Geriatricians specialize in managing the overall health of and treating the medical disorders that frequently affect people age 65 years and older,” notes David Reuben, M.D., chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UCLA. “As a result of their specialized training, geriatricians can knowledgably consider and address a broad spectrum of health-related factors— including medical, psychological and social—when treating their patients.

” Not all older individuals require medical attention from a geriatrician. However, those who may benefit are over 65 years old with multiple medical needs as well as older persons who are having trouble coping in their living situations. “Geriatricians consider quality of life and patients’ individual goals in providing high quality care in a compassionate, respectful manner,” says Dr. Reuben.

The UCLA Division of Geriatrics offers comprehensive outpatient, inpatient and nursing home services, and works closely with other UCLA programs that strive to improve or maintain the quality of life for seniors.

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