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Geriatricians treat the elderly but it’s not easy to know when you need one

If you are looking for a geriatrician, you might have trouble finding one. There’s a nationwide shortage. Only 6,910 certified geriatricians exist in the United States, including 3,590 full-time practicing geriatricians, according to the geriatrics society. Certified means they have undergone at least one fellowship year of specialty training beyond their primary care practice, with the option of two additional years of geriatric-focused research. According to Laurie Jacobs, M.D., a geriatrician and president of the American Geriatrics Society and chair of Internal Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center, for those who are frail and have multiple health conditions requiring many medications, a geriatrician might be the best choice and can organize all their care. (Additional coverage includes: NDTV.com (New Delhi, India), New Bern Sun Journal (SC), Havelock News (NC) and JDNews.com (NC).

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