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Elderly Medicine

Geriatric [or Elderly] medicine is the branch of general medicine concerned with the healthcare of older people. The term geriatrics comes from the Greek word, geron meaning ‘old man’ and iatros meaning ‘healer’. At its core, Geriatrics requires comprehensive assessment of older people living with illness or long term conditions which affect their daily lives. This involves close inter-disciplinary working with nurses, therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and many other health and care professionals. We work closely with GPs, Old Age Psychiatrists and many hospital clinical specialists to ensure that old people receive the highest possible levels of care. [Source]

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International Day of Older Persons: 1st of October

On December 14, 1990, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 1st October as the International Day of Older People. 

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