As we get older, our health needs tend to change — sometimes drastically. Here’s how your primary care provider can customize your plan of care, so you can continue to enjoy optimal health as you age.
Everyone knows kids have special medical considerations as they grow and develop. But older people have unique needs, too — and that’s where geriatric care can help. A family care doctor is trained to address the needs of all family members at every stage of life. In fact, with access to your complete medical history, your primary care physician is uniquely positioned to provide care that’s customized specifically for your health needs, your medical risks, and your lifestyle. As a leading family physician practice with offices in Gaithersburg, Bowie, Germantown, Rockville, and Columbia, Maryland, Doctors First PC offers complete geriatric care aimed at helping patients stay healthy as they age. If you’ve been wondering about how geriatric care can help you, here’s what our team wants you to know.
Our bodies as we ageEveryone knows that the body changes a lot as we get older. In childhood, those changes are rapid and very apparent. But as we get older, our bodies change in different ways — ways that aren’t always so easy to detect. Some of those changes dramatically increase the risk of developing a chronic disease. In fact, most older Americans — nearly 95% — have at least one chronic medical condition, and about 80% have more than one. Some of the most common chronic medical issues affecting older women and men include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Heart disease
- Hearing or vision problems
- Balance issues
- Degenerative spine problems
- Lung or respiratory problems
- Cognitive issues
- Kidney disease