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Geriatrician

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Updated January 23, 2006

Definition: A physician who specializes in the care of older and aging adults. They have additional training and certification in addition to their medical training to help meet the special needs of older adults. Fellowships in geriatric medicine usually add about three years to their training.

Geriatricians become experts in dealing with and treating the multiple medical problems that many seniors suffer from. The ailments they treat range from Alzheimer's disease to chronic pain and every thing in-between.

Pronunciation: jer'e-at-rish'in
Also Known As: Geriatric physician
Examples:
Dr. Brown finished in a fellowship program as a Geriatricin. His practice will be limited to the treatment of adults over the age of 65.

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