Treating Every Stage of Life
Geriatric medicine focuses on health promotion and the prevention and treatment
of disease and disability in later life. A geriatrician is a medical doctor
who is specially trained to prevent and manage the unique and, oftentimes,
multiple health concerns of older adults.
Our geriatrician has a full understanding of the wide range of physical,
mental, medical, social, and spiritual issues that older adults can have.
We offer high-quality services that address all the healthcare needs of
Older persons may react to illness and disease differently than younger
adults. Geriatricians are able to treat older patients, manage multiple
disease symptoms and develop care plans that address the special health
care needs of older adults. Not everyone over age 65 needs to see a geriatrician.
People over the age of 65 have different degrees of disability and illness.
Some have no problems at all, while others have many serious health concerns.
Medical, healthcare or lifestyle issues that may affect older patients
more significantly or differently than younger people include susceptibility
to influenza and pneumonia, falling, some cancers, vision and hearing
loss, osteoporosis, motor vehicle safety, oral health issue (sometimes
caused by medications for other conditions), Alzheimer’s disease
or dementia, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Our specialist can help the patient and their caregivers with diagnoses,
treatments and resources to manage these conditions. Information and recommendations
on maintaining brain health, healthy eating and weight control, healthy
exercise and physical activity, productive aging, sexual health and advanced
care planning also is available.
When to See a Geriatrician
While primary care physicians, that is, general internists and family physicians,
care for most older persons, geriatricians are often sought to provide
consultations for the frailest of older persons. Frequently, geriatricians
address issues such as memory loss, arthritis, osteoporosis, mobility
Regardless of an older person’s age, a geriatrician should be consulted
when an older person’s condition causes considerable impairment
and frailty. These persons tend to be over the age of 75 and coping with
a number of diseases and disabilities, including cognitive (mental) problems.
A geriatrician also should be consulted when family members and friends
are feeling considerable stress and strain as caregivers.
937 Highland Blvd
Bozeman, MT 59715
(Highland Park 4)
Hours for: Internal Medicine
Monday - Thursday | 8:00 am–6:00 pm
Friday | 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday | 8:00 am-12:00 pm