Geriatrics is also called geriatric medicine. It’s a specialism focusing on the care of the elderly, although there isn’t a specific age at which we officially become elderly. Some of us stay healthy and fit for longer than others. You may never need treatment by a geriatric doctor, or you might need to see one at aged 60.
Geriatrics promotes people’s health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities. It’s very different from gerontology, the study of the process of ageing itself. And because the many conditions an older person can suffer from are so very varied, geriatrics deals with an incredibly wide field of expertise, covering all manner of medical problems. No wonder this is the biggest medical speciality of all.