What is Geriatrics ?

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.” French proverb.

The purpose of aging is to continue growing – Richard Griffin.

Ageing, or a natural progressive decline in body systems, starts in early adulthood, but it only becomes obvious several decades later and this is when people are called old. One arbitrary way to define old age more precisely is to say that it begins at conventional retirement age (i.e. 60 or 65 years). But organ systems of individuals age at different rates and many old people live well into their 80s and beyond. So commonly accepted terms are: young olds (65-74 years), old olds (75-84 years) and oldest olds (85+).

Geriatrics is that branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses due to ageing.  Geriatric care addresses the complex needs of older people, focusing on health promotion and the prevention and treatment of disease and disability in the elderly. Comprehensive...

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