What is a Geriatrician? What is a Gerontologist?

written by: Dr. Leslie Kernisan, October 2, 2019

Geriatrics is a medical specialty. A geriatrician is a medical doctor (MD or DO) who has specialized in the healthcare of older adults.

In comparison, gerontology is a social science discipline focused on aging. A gerontologist has usually done either masters-level or doctorate-level studies related to aging, but is not a trained healthcare professional.

Because the wellbeing of older adults is about much more than addressing health issues, I’ve brought on a team of other non-physician experts to help support our community. Our geriatric care managers have backgrounds in social work and family therapy, and we're hoping to add more experts soon.

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