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The role and importance of geriatric medicine in our community

What is geriatrics?
What is a geriatrician?
Statistics on Aging

Geriatrics is the branch of medicine specializing in care for older adults. It focuses on patient health and wellness, as well as the management of conditions affecting the aging population. The geriatric medical field has a specific emphasis on whole-person care and aims to optimize independence and quality of life.

A geriatrician is a physician who specializes in geriatric medicine. A geriatrician typically has completed a medical residency in internal medicine or family medicine, as well as a fellowship in geriatrics. Geriatric fellowship provides a physician with specialized training in medical conditions that affect older people, as well as communication skills, coordination of multidisciplinary care teams, and transitions of care across different healthcare settings.

For more information about geriatric medicine, go to https://www.ama-assn.org/specialty/geriatric-medicine-specialty-description

Our population is aging, and people are living longer than ever before. The number of older adults in the United States has tripled since 1950, and that number will continue to rise. The US Census Bureau estimates that by 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older. Additionally, the number of people aged 85 or older is growing each year. It is estimated that by 2050, 18.6 million Americans (or 4.8% of the population) will be 85 or older.

For more information about statistics on aging, visit https://www.un.org/development/desa/publications/world-population-prospects-2019-highlights.html

Why is Geriatrics important?

The field of geriatrics is dedicated to serving the unique needs of older adults. Many health professionals receive little to no training on how to effectively manage the complex care of our seniors. Geriatricians typically spend more time with each patient and help patients and families navigate many age-related issues. They can improve patient and family satisfaction, patient function and independence, and overall quality of life.

Our Location

Our office is located at 1919 State St, Suite 301, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. It is on State Street between Mission and Pedregosa. There is a parking attendant who will direct you to a parking spot reserved for Coastal Geriatrics. There are three handicapped parking spots available. We are on the third floor, and can be reached by stairs or elevator. Our office is set up with you in mind. We have a spacious bathroom to maneuver a walker or wheelchair. Our chairs and exam tables were specifically chosen to make your visit as accessible and comfortable as possible.

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