DEAR DOCTOR K: My mother has been going to the same doctor for decades. Now that she is 80, should she switch to a geriatrician?
DEAR READER: There's a lot to be said for a doctor-patient relationship that has built trust over the years. Switching to a geriatrician may not be a good idea -- but consulting a geriatrician could be a very good idea. Geriatricians specialize in the health of older adults.