Gerontology and Geriatrics

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We have all heard of geriatrics – but what is gerontology?

Gerontology is multidisciplinary and is concerned with physical, mental, and social aspects and implications of aging. Geriatrics is a medical specialty focused on care and treatment of older persons.

Geriatrics is the medical specialty dedicated exclusively to providing high-quality, patient-focused care for older adults. Older adults have a unique set of issues and concerns which geriatric clinicians are trained to focus upon. Geriatrics, the branch of medical science concerned with the prevention and treatment of diseases in older people, is a part of the broader field of gerontology

Gerontology is the study of aging processes and individuals across the life course. It includes:

  • The study of physical, mental, and social changes in people as they age;
  • The investigation of changes in society resulting from our aging population; and
  • The application of this knowledge to policies and programs.

Gerontology is multidisciplinary in that it combines or integrates several separate areas of study between physicians, nurses, biologists, behavioral and social scientists, psychologists, social workers, economists, policy experts, those who study the humanities and the arts, and many other scholars and researchers in aging.

As a result of the multidisciplinary focus of gerontology, professionals from diverse fields call themselves gerontologists. Gerontologists improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of people as they age through research, education, practice, and the application of interdisciplinary knowledge of the aging process and aging populations.

Geriatric support is medical support and gerontological support is companion support

Geriatrician has to be medically educated in the study of geriatrics and skilled in dealing with the clinical problems of elders.

Gerontologist has to be understanding, patient, empathetic and compassionate in dealing with the social, mental and behavioral problems of elders

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