MaineGeneral's geriatric specialists provide evaluation and
treatment of problems that are unique to older people, including:
- Memory problems
- Falls and unsteadiness
- Poor nutrition
- Problems with self-care
- Complex chronic medical conditions
Recognizing the need for specialized services, the Maine Dartmouth
Family Medicine Residency Program offers doctors special
training in geriatric care through a Geriatric Fellowship
program. In addition to this program, all MDFMR residents receive specific training in the care of older adults during their three-year residency.
Our geriatric physicians are closely linked to MaineGeneral's
Alzheimer's Care Center in Gardiner and our two long-term
care facilities, MaineGeneral
Rehabilitation and Long Term at Gray Birch and MaineGeneral
Rehabilitation and Long Term Care at Glenridge.
The care of older adults with chronic problems is a highly collaborative process and your primary care provider (PCP) is central to this collaboration.
There are many geriatrics-specific problems which your own PCP can diagnose and treat very well. MaineGeneral's Geriatrics Evaluation Clinic serves as a resource to you through consultation. Your provider may refer you for consultation or may talk with a geriatrician for guidance or to decide if consultation is necessary.