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What is Geriatrics?

The term Geriatrics was coined in the early part of the 20th century by a New York physician by the name of Ignatz Nascher. Geriatric medicine focuses on health promotion, prevention and treatment of disease and disability in later life.

Geriatric Fellowship trains doctors to prevent and manage the unique and, oftentimes, multiple health concerns of older adults. Older persons may react both emotionally and physically to illness and disease differently than younger adults. Geriatricians are able to treat older patients, manage multiple disease symptoms, and develop care plans that address the special health care needs of older adults. Geriatrics fellows are trained to approach the patient holistically often with a multidisciplinary team of specialists.

There are approximately 9,000 geriatricians in the United States. Geriatricians focus on patient's function and not solely on individual diseases. In comparison to other physicians who may see a large number of seniors Geriatricians keep up to date on new research in longevity and thus minimizing the ravages of old age. Geriatricians are advocates for seniors and provide education to other health care workers.

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The Aurora Health Care Geriatrics Fellowship Program

The Aurora Geriatrics Fellowship Program prepares its graduates to provide comprehensive, coordinated health care services to people over age 65. The program is designed in response to the changing physical, social and emotional needs of this fascinating, diverse and growing patient population.

The Aurora Geriatrics Institute is an organization that has created a nationally recognized model for evaluation and management in geriatric medicine. The Institute has also become known for its caring commitment to patients and families throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Both the Institute and its fellowship program are located at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, an academic hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and located in downtown Milwaukee.

An Aurora Geriatrics fellow works within a team of patient care professionals, including nurses, social workers, pharmacists, therapists, pastoral care providers and home health professionals. This team approach allows the program to offer a range of specialty services, which enhance both the fellow's educational experience and the quality of patient care.