Geriatric Care Specialist

Grace Family Health

Family Medicine & Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Murrieta, CA & Menifee, CA

Older adults are at particular risk for a number of common health concerns. At Grace Family Health in Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, California, the expert medical team provides comprehensive geriatric care. The team works with patients to help prevent, identify, and treat a number of age-related conditions. To schedule an appointment for you or a loved one call one of the offices or book an appointment online.

Geriatric Care Q & A

What is geriatric care?

Geriatric care is a branch of medicine dedicated to the particular health concerns of adults as they age. Geriatric medicine is used to prevent, manage, and treat a number of conditions closely linked to the effects of aging. With geriatric medicine, patients can maintain active, independent, and healthy lives. 

What are the health risks of older adults?

Adults over 65 are at particular risk for a number of conditions. Geriatric syndromes refer to a number of different conditions, often with multiple causes, that commonly affect older adults. These conditions include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis results from long-term wear and tear on the joints that can leave little to no cartilage to cushion the bones. Osteoarthritis causes joint stiffness, limited mobility, and pain. In advanced cases, bones without cartilage can begin to rub against each other resulting in bone loss and other serious complications. 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis refers to weak or brittle bones. Patients with osteoporosis are at an increased risk for bone fractures and serious injuries due to falls. Osteoporosis is caused by loss of bone mass. With age, the body regenerates bone at a much slower rate than it’s broken down. Although osteoporosis can affect anyone, women are at a higher risk of developing the condition. Genetics, poor diet, and inactivity also increase your risk of osteoporosis. 

Incontinence

Incontinence refers to changes to your urinary functions that make it difficult to control your bladder. Patients with incontinence may experience a number of symptoms including:

  • Sudden urge to urinate
  • Involuntary loss of urine
  • Leaking or dribbling
  • Leakage when laughing, coughing, or sneezing
  • Sensation that the bladder isn’t empty 

Although urinary incontinence may be difficult to talk about, it’s very common and there are a number of effective options for relieving symptoms and restoring bladder functions. 

How can I prevent age-related conditions?

Geriatric medicine plays a major role in preventing a number of age-related conditions. At Grace Family Health, the team provides a number of evaluations to help determine the status of your overall health and your risk for certain conditions. These evaluations include:

  • Annual physicals 
  • Bone mass density tests
  • X-rays
  • Mental status examination

Keeping up with routine exams is the best way to maintain good health. In many cases, healthy lifestyle habits like proper nutrition, regular exercise, and limiting alcohol use can prevent or slow down certain illnesses. 

Although preventive measures can go a long way, certain conditions can’t be avoided. If you or a loved one experience an age-related condition, the skilled providers at Grace Family Health provide personalized comprehensive treatment. To schedule an appointment call one of the offices or book online today.