Dr. Rafi and the dedicated team at the Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Institute specialize in providing top-notch care to geriatric patients. Dr. Rafi’s extensive training includes a one-year fellowship in geriatrics and gerontology at UCLA, as well as a special fellowship in advanced geriatrics. His expertise revolves around enhancing immune function, academic non-cosmetic anti-aging, and geriatric care.
It’s essential to recognize that being considered a geriatric patient is not solely determined by age. While many geriatric patients are typically over 65, age alone does not define this category. For instance, a 70-year-old who works five days a week and enjoys excellent health might not be classified as geriatric. Conversely, a 60-year-old with multiple comorbidities, reliant on 30 medications, would indeed fall into this category.
Evaluating a patient’s geriatric status extends beyond age and includes an assessment of their functional abilities both within and outside their home. The presence and nature of comorbidities play a vital role in this assessment, as does the complexity of their overall medical profile.
With each new patient, we approach their care comprehensively, starting from square one. This typically involves a meticulous review of their current medications and a thorough examination of recent lab results. Additional tests and assessments are ordered as necessary to ensure a holistic understanding of their unique medical needs. Our goal at the Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Institute is to provide high-quality, personalized care to our geriatric patients, addressing their specific requirements and improving their overall well-being. If you or a loved one is in search of specialized geriatric care, we are here to support your journey to better health and an enhanced quality of life.