Geriatric Medicine Specialist

Your health story becomes more varied and complicated as you age, so it makes sense to consult with a professional who’s sensitive to that. With over 15 years of experience as a geriatrician, Shyamsundar Rajan, MD offers comprehensive, compassionate care for the elderly. If you’re over 60 and looking for a geriatric provider in Silver Spring, Maryland, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rajan online or over the phone.

Geriatric Medicine Q & A

What is geriatric medicine?

Geriatric medicine is a medical specialty with a primary focus on the health of the aging. As a geriatric physician, Dr. Rajan primarily treats men and women over 60.

As people age, they tend to experience more health conditions and accumulate more complex health histories. A geriatric practitioner understands these complexities and the special issues that occur later in life.

The purpose of geriatric medicine is to:

  • Provide preventive interventions to ward off disease
  • Diagnose and treat problems specific to elderly patients
  • Manage multiple health concerns at a time
  • Preserve your mobility and independence
  • Improve your quality of life

What health conditions impact the geriatric population the most?

The degenerative effects of aging and accumulative wear and tear on the body make seniors more susceptible to certain medical conditions. Some of the conditions that Dr. Rajan commonly encounters include:

  • Falls and accidents
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Migraines
  • Memory problems: dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Cancer
  • Declining eyesight: glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration
  • Hearing loss
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis
  • Incontinence

When should I see a geriatric physician?

You should consider a geriatric physician if:

  • You’re 60 or older and need a primary care provider
  • Your medical issues become complex
  • You have severe health concerns that affect your independence and abilities

Dr. Rajan can help you navigate all aspects of your healthcare, from your social support to chronic disease management.

What are the benefits of working with a geriatric physician?

Geriatricians have extensive familiarity with the medical issues specific to seniors. They understand the changes associated with aging and how to approach them, and they serve as an advocate for you.

Dr. Rajan is a seasoned advocate for the aging, having earned his board certification in internal medicine and completed additional training in geriatric medicine. He brings over 15 years’ experience as a geriatric physician to his practice, offering a specialized skill set that benefits older patients.

As your primary care physician, Dr. Rajan coordinates your care among your other specialists. He becomes one of the most significant members of your medical team, acting as your main point of contact and supporter.

If you’re looking for a geriatrician in the Silver Spring area, contact Dr. Rajan online or over the phone to set up an initial consultation.

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