An aging body is different physiologically from a younger adult body. Maintaining optimal senior health often involves partnering with a geriatric physician—a physician who specializes in the care of senior adults—to help prevent and treat diseases and disabilities.
Functional abilities, independence and quality of life issues are of great concern to geriatricians and their patients. Older people generally want to live independently as long as possible, which requires them to be able to engage in self-care and other activities of daily living.
As with younger adults, nutrition, exercise and emotional well being can also play a significant role in keeping seniors healthy. And today, advances in technology—from brain training to wellness services—have opened up new dimensions in senior health.