Programs/Services

Geriatrician

Aging is a process of change. A geriatrician is a physician trained to care for the special health needs of people over the age of 65, in much the same way that a pediatrician is uniquely qualified to attend to the health needs of children. On a day-to-day basis, our geriatrician addresses issues such as memory loss, incontinence, weight loss, pain, frailty, falls, depression, decreased function, and dementia.

Recognizing how physical health problems can affect seniors' emotional, mental and social well-being, geriatricians look at each patient’s individual needs within the context of his or her whole life.  That means taking into account important information about a patient's lifestyle, community, and family, as well as his or her medical history. This approach gives the geriatrician important insights into the nature of health problems and helps determine what treatments or remedies are most likely to produce the best outcome in each individual case.
 
Prevention is an important factor at every stage in life and a geriatrician plays an important role in helping elderly people develop activities and make lifestyle choices that contribute to as healthful an aging process as possible. Our geriatrics team also helps patients and their families co-ordinate care with other health care providers and helping agencies in Guelph, Wellington and surrounding area.
 
Our goal at St. Joseph's is always to optimize people's ability to be as independent as possible and our geriatrician is a key member of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals and volunteers dedicated to achieving that goal for the people who come to us for help and advice.
 
Patients are referred to St. Joseph's for a geriatric assessment by a physician.