Dr. Rafi and his specialized team at the Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Institute focus on providing exceptional care for geriatric patients. Dr. Rafi’s extensive training includes a one-year fellowship in geriatrics and gerontology at UCLA, along with a special fellowship in advanced geriatrics. His area of expertise revolves around immune function and enhancement, as well as academic non-cosmetic anti-aging.
It’s important to note that being considered geriatric is not solely determined by age. While many geriatric patients are typically over the age of 65, age alone does not define whether someone falls into this category. You could be 70 years old, actively working five days a week, and in superb health, yet not be considered geriatric. Conversely, you might be 60 years old, dealing with multiple comorbidities, taking an array of 30 different medications, and indeed be categorized as a geriatric patient.
The assessment of a patient’s geriatric status extends beyond age; it also takes into account their functional capabilities both within their home and in their broader environment. Additionally, the presence and nature of comorbidities play a crucial role in this evaluation, as does the complexity of their overall medical profile.
When a new patient seeks our care, we take a comprehensive approach that begins from the initial stages. This typically involves a thorough medication review to understand the existing treatment regimen. We also evaluate their recent laboratory results to gain insights into their current health status. Further testing and assessments are ordered as necessary to ensure a holistic understanding of their unique medical needs and to develop a personalized care plan.