Why See a Geriatrician?
Your Primary Care Doctor Is Also Your Aging Specialist
Benefits of Geriatric Medicine
As a primary care doctor who is an aging specialists, a Geriatrician:
- provides care that is informed by the latest research on aging
- understands how brain function interacts with physical function
- pays attention to the patient’s life outside the clinic and their daily needs, activities, and abilities
- works with families and outside specialists to manage and coordinate care
- helps patients plan for a continuum of care and anticipate future health needs
Physicians in the Division of Geriatric Medicine train other physicians, Geriatric Medicine Fellows, and Medical Residents to respond effectively to the needs of older adults, no matter where they receive care within the UNC system. Furthermore, we have board-certified Geriatricians in family medicine, oncology, palliative care, emergency medicine and more.
Understanding Patient Goals
Specifically, our mission is to keep patients healthy, active, independent to maintain their highest quality of life. As aging specialists, we see many older adults who are healthy. Yet we also see older adults with multiple chronic conditions who need their doctor to manage many symptoms, illnesses, and issues. Every person ages differently and has their own goals for care.
Geriatric medicine is grounded in understanding patient priorities, values, and goals. What matters most to you? Our aging specialists at UNC Geriatrics want to know!