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Geriatric Neurology

What is Geriatric Neurology? Geriatric neurology is a subspecialty of neurology that is dedicated to the research, diagnosis, and treatment of neurological disorders affecting the geriatric population. Board certification in geriatric neurology may be gained by neurologists and psychiatrists who have completed residency, and by generalists who have completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine. Training in geriatric neurology provides education in the research and understanding of brain aging, cognitive and motor function, and the implementation of neuroimaging, biomarkers, and in-home technologies.

Conditions managed by Geriatric Neurology

Geriatric neurology involves the assessment and treatment of chronic, age-related, and non-age-related conditions that are neurological in etiology, cause secondary neurological symptoms, and conditions that mimic neurological disorders. Conditions that are commonly managed include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Non-Alzheimer dementias
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Disturbances in memory 
  • Impairment in mobility
  • Depression
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Parkinson’s disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Epilepsy
  • Sleep disorders

Source: Jacobs et al. (2020). Neurogeriatrics—a vision for improved care and research for geriatric patients with predominating neurological disabilities. Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie Und Geriatrie, 53(4), 340–346. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00391-020-01734-1