Geriatric Medicine combined with Naturopathic Medicine
It is only within the last 2 decades that medicine has recognized that diseases afflicting the elderly required a better understanding of the changes of aging. Additionally, there is an increase in the elderly population as people are living longer and the baby boomer generation matures.
Many older persons have already gravitated to natural medicines, with the senior population being one of the biggest consumers of natural products. This is in large part because of the relatively few side effects of natural medicines and the fact that most of us have grown up with them.
As a rule, the elder population presents a much greater diagnostic challenge to the physician because of the complexity and number of illness and conditions accumulated over a life time. In a managed care system, many of these conditions are not addressed on a routine basis because prevention and wellness are not “cost effective”. Thus, many elderly patients are left to manage their own illnesses and often find themselves in a quandary as to what to do next.
This is where Naturopathic physicians, being trained as primary care physicians and geriatric medicine come in. Our natural medicine clinic is focused on prevention and wellness issues to prevent morbidity and premature mortality. We understand our patient’s desires —It is not necessarily the quantity of ones life but the quality of their life that most seniors covet. Our Rockwood Natural Medicine Clinic naturopathic physicians treat the person, not the disease and will spend the necessary time to get to know our patients as individuals. If you or your loved one is in need of geriatric care – and is fed up with miss-diagnosis or is on too many medications, please contact our office for a geriatric medicine appointment.