Geriatrics is the branch of medicine or social science dealing with the health and care of elderly adults. Geriatric care aims to promote well-being by preventing and treating diseases, disabilities, and everyday-life concerns for older adults. There is no set age at which patients may be under the care of a geriatric physician or geriatric care manager; rather, this decision is determined by the individual patient’s needs, and the assessment of a medical professional or care-management specialist. It is important to note the difference between geriatrics, the care of aged people, and gerontology, which is the study of the aging process itself.
The Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), formerly National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM), is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of individuals who require geriatric care. The ALCA coined the term “Aging Life Care” and defines it as “… a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges.”
Aging Life Care™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA Members are authorized to use this term to identify their services.