Health Notes

May 6, 2020

What is a geriatrician?

The U.S. Census Bureau tells us that by the year 2030, there will be more people over the age of 65 than there will be children. Dr. Anne Halli-Tierney is a geriatrician at University Medical Center and cares for older patients. “A geriatrician is, in the simplest terms, someone who takes care of older adults,” she said. Halli-Tierney said there’s two ways to be old: chronological age, based on when a person was born; and physiological age, which is based on diseases and physical functioning a person might have. UMC is operated by the College of Community Health Sciences.

Millennial health

Going to the doctor and getting regular checkups is important for everyone, including millennials, those born between 1980 and 1996. Dr. Tiffany Thomas, a family medicine physician at University Medical Center, said getting care and treatments early helps prevent health issues down the road. “High blood pressure is one that we commonly think of, and diabetes is another,” she said. In addition, regular health care and “having a primary care provider just reminds you of the dietary things you need to be doing and to make sure you’re exercising. Those things can go a long way in treating (future health) conditions.”