Older adults have special healthcare needs. Often their needs are more complex because of advancing age. Geriatricians are primary care doctors with special training in caring for the unique medical needs and preferences of older adults. Other healthcare professionals such as physician assistants and nurses can also specialize in geriatric care.
Compassionate Healthcare for Seniors
Geriatrics often involves a team approach that includes the patient’s family and various professionals, such as:
- Geriatric nurses
- Social workers or counselors
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Speech and hearing specialists
- Geriatric psychiatrists
Working together the team can address medical, social, emotional and other needs and develop a care plan with the patient’s values and preferences in mind.
Resources for Seniors
North Kansas City Hospital offers a number of community health and wellness programs for seniors. Check them out online or call the Community Health & Wellness department at 816-691-1688 or 816-691-1690 for more information.
Learn more about related healthcare topics at our online Health Encyclopedia.
Age-related hearing loss
Dementia and driving
Sleep pattern changes
Find a Geriatric Specialist
North Kansas City Hospital can help you find a healthcare provider who’s right for you and your family.
Call our Physician Referral & Health Information Line at 816-221-HEAL (4325) for assistance.