Geriatric Conditions

Geriatric conditions are unique and need to be addressed with a specific skill set for best results.

The elderly population faces a set of challenges that comes as a result of natural aging:

  • Mood related problems such as depression
  • Bladder control
  • Sleep related problems such as insomnia
  • Decreased cognition and early or late stage dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease
  • High risk of hip joint fracture which can lead to hip replacement
  • High levels of toxicity
  • Multiple nutritional deficiencies
  • Decreased of renal elimination of different substances which leads to the need to revise medications and/or doses
  • Age related low immunity status

We are happy to review all of the contributing factors to your health and wellbeing and come up with a comprehensive strategy that will help you address any of the conditions listed below that may be affecting your life:

  • Polypharmacy is a consequence of having a number of medical conditions coexist, each being treated by more than one drug. With the awareness that many have natural supplementation, medications can interact with supplements and/or herbs that are being taken simultaneously .This is a situation that many of our elderly face and it needs to be reviewed on a regular basis. The information that you will gain from such an analysis should be taken back to your medical doctor for further discussion and evaluation.
  • Nutritional deficiencies are common in the elderly population because of the natural aging processes of the body. The function of the absorptive organs such as the intestines, stomach and skin decrease with age. Additionally, the increased use of dentures and decreased sense of taste and smell lead to the consumption of lower nutritional quality foods with increased salt and sugar. Aside from increasing risk of diabetes and high blood pressure the combination of decreased absorption, utilization, and ingestion can lead to many vitamin, mineral, and nutritional deficiencies. The right supplementation and dietary modifications can often make a huge positive impact on the quality of life of the elderly.
  • Preventative medicine isis extremely important for all patients and especially the elderly. Many conditions take a long time to develop into serious health problems. Preventative medicine and procedures allow us to spot these tendencies in advance and do something to change course, thereby prolonging health and evading disease.
  • Physical activity forms a key part of a healthy lifestyle at any age. The elderly population faces a unique set of challenges in selecting appropriate physical activities. Many have limitations that must be considered in selecting the best exercise regimen.
  • Pain management is very important in order to maintain a higher quality of life. There are many ways to alleviate pain which can be used as stand alone or alongside prescribed or over the counter pain medications. Some treatment approaches that have good research to back them up are hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and electrostimulation among many others.
  • Unfortunately many elderly individuals experience a lack of social support. We can help by providing resources for social support groups, hobby groups, and information about government support programs.