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What is Geriatric Medicine?

Geriatric medicine is a specialty that focuses on supporting patients throughout the aging journey. This can include diagnoses of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Parkinson’s or Lymphedema. 

Why Adaptive Clothing and Footwear in Geriatrics?

Some of the most common illnesses and ailments that we encounter in geriatric medicine affect limb strength, balance, muscle strength and incontinence management. As we age, these bodily changes can greatly affect our ability to do basic activities of daily living, like getting dressed, going to the bathroom and general mobility. 

Adaptive clothing and footwear is designed to simplify these tasks, and to help you, your loved one or your caregiving team navigate this new stage of life. For instance our magnetic button tops make it easier to get dressed with Arthritis, while our open back pants means your loved one does not have to stand up, or be lifted by caregivers, to be transferred from bed to bathroom. 

Learn more about our different types of adaptive clothing:

Assisted Dressing
People who need help getting dressed
Self Dressing
People who get dressed by themselves
Recovery Wear
Post surgery and recovery wear for healing and comfort

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What are Activities of Daily Living?

Activities of daily living or ADLs, is a term used in geriatric medicine and nursing to describe individual everyday self care tasks or activities. E.g. bathing, getting dressed, eating.

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What does a geriatric specialist do?

A geriatric specialist diagnoses and treats conditions and diseases that affect people as we age. The geriatrician can also support the integration of healthcare providers, overseeing medication and treatment plans.

At what age can you be referred to a geriatric specialist?

Geriatric specialists generally work with persons at the age of 65 or older.

What is the difference between a gerontologist and a geriatrician?

A geriatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of older adults. While a gerontologist does not practice medicine, but is a professional who specializes in issues of aging, this could be someone like a social worker, caregiver or psychologist.

What are the most common illnesses in geriatric medicine?

  1. Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease
  2. Parkinson's Disease
  3. Falls
  4. Incontinence
  5. Osteoporosis
  6. Frailty
  7. Malnutrition
  8. Diabetes, Stroke, Heart Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease