Types of patients using the department services:

The Geriatric Department can treat all patients aged 60 years or over.

The services provided by the Geriatric Medicine Department:

Outpatient Clinics:

The outpatient clinics provide various services, such as:

Memory Clinic for Older Patients:

  • Measuring memory of the older persons, whether healthy or sick.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of all kinds of dementia and treating all conditions affecting memory of the older persons, including: Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, lewy body dementia, reversible dementia due to thyroid hormone deficiency or B12 vitamin deficiency, and other conditions affecting memory and cognition.

How do we diagnose a disease?

  • Cognitive abilities is measured (memory measurement).
  • Laboratory tests.
  • X-rays.

It includes medical treatment and memory exercises:

  • Memory exercises (cognitive rehabilitation): It is the process of re-learning cognitive skills. It constitutes an important part of Alzheimer's patient’s treatment, after stroke, head injury, and patients with cognitive impairment. Cognitive rehabilitation sessions start with 12 sessions, 2-3 sessions per week, and the training period continues for 30 minutes or as per the geriatric consultant's recommendations.
  • Consultants work with the older persons, health-care providers and family members to treat all problems caused by poor memory and dementia, such as irritation.
  • Awareness and education of health care providers and family members of all the problems faced by Alzheimer's patients and how they are dealt with.

Orthopedic Clinic for Older Persons:

  • Assessment of fracture risks with older persons.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis of older persons.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of recurrent falls of the older persons.

Primary Care Clinic for the Older Persons:

Managing aspects of preventive medicine for older persons, including:

  • Early preventive check up of older persons.
  • Vaccinating the older persons and prescribing the necessary vaccinations to them.
  • Treating malnutrition diseases and prescribing special nutritional supplements according to the situation.
  •  Diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence in the older persons (including drug treatment and rehabilitative treatment).

Extended Care Services:

Definition of Extended Care Patients (Long Term): They are medically stable patients requiring only basic medical and nursing care and fall under the category of long-term care services. They will be examined and evaluated by a geriatric physician, internist or neurologist as per the patient's condition and needs. These patients must suffer from the following:

  • Dementia.
  • Elderly patients bedridden for a long time.
  • Bedsores.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Inability to self-serve.
  • Stable and joint sickness (by working with the long-term healthcare team as a team for better healthcare).

Internal Department and Hypnotized Inpatients:

The Geriatric Department provides hypnosis services for patients suffering from one or more of the following conditions:

  • Dementia (memory loss).
  • Malnutrition.
  • Medical conditions resulting from aging.