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geriatrics

 [jer″e-at´riks]
the branch of health care dealing with the problems of aging and diseases of the aged; it is related to the science of gerontology, which is the study of the aging process in all its aspects, social as well as biologic. Geriatrics grows increasingly important as modern medicine and a rising standard of living lengthen life expectancy and increase the proportion of aged persons in society.

An important part of geriatrics is helping older persons live happy and satisfying lives. Geriatric specialists encourage their patients to follow useful and interesting pursuits and to adopt a sound mental attitude toward aging itself. The prevention of disease is also important in geriatrics, and stress is placed on suitable exercise, rest, and nutrition, and on maintenance of proper body weight. Regular and thorough medical examinations are another essential factor in the control of illness.

In geriatrics, there is also concern for the older person's psychological welfare, such as social contacts, economic security, interest in living, work opportunities after retirement, and continuing sense of belonging to society. Geriatrics recognizes that health of mind is essential to the health of the body.

ger·i·at·rics

(jer'ē-at'riks),
The branch of medicine concerned with the health care of the elderly.
[G. gēras, old age, + iatrikos, healing]

geriatrics

(jĕr′ē-ăt′rĭks)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems specific to elderly people.

Healthcare of the Elderly

Healthcare of the Elderly
Generally refers to a department of geriatric care in the UK.

healthcare of the elderly
Refers to a range of specialist services for older people.

geriatrics

The specialty dedicated to the care and management of the elderly; life expectancy–LE in 1900–US, 45 yrs; LE in 2002, 77 in ♂; 81 in ♀. Cf Gerontology, Todeserwartung.

ger·i·at·rics

(jer'ē-at'riks)
The branch of medicine concerned with the medical problems and care of old people.
[G. gēras, old age, + iatrikos, healing]
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