(noun) The branch of medicine that focuses on the elderly, specifically health and wellness through the prevention and treatment of disability and disease.
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- Geriatrics and gerontology are often used interchangeably but geriatrics refer specifically to the health and wellness of older individuals and gerontology studies the aging process in a broader sense.
- A (noun) geriatrician studies (adjective) geriatric issues.
- Word origin of “geriatrics” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- activity theory
- continuity theory
- disengagement theory
- life expectancy
- primary aging
- role exit
- secondary aging
- social gerontology
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “geriatrics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 20, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/geriatrics/).
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geriatrics. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/geriatrics/
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“geriatrics.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 20 May. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/geriatrics/>.