What is the difference between an adult doctor (physician) vs. an elder doctor (geriatrician)?
Geriatricians prevent, manage and develop care plans that address the special health problems of the elderly. Illnesses, diseases and medications affect older people differently than younger adults. Older patients often have multiple health problems due to aging and take multiple medications.
When should you start seeing a geriatric doctor?
If a patient's situation causes considerable impairment and frailty;
If growing number of prescription drugs makes it unclear which drugs are appropriate;
If family members and friends are feeling considerable stress as caregivers
What is a caregiver?
Anyone who routinely helps others who are limited by chronic conditions; assist with such basic tasks as bathing, dressing, preparing meals and shopping.
Formal - volunteers or paid employees connected to the social service or health care systems
Informal - family members and friends, who are the primary source of care
What are the most common geriatric medical problems?
Dementia, delirium, falls, polypharmacy, coordination, confusion & agitation,
coronary heart disease and Urinary Incontinence
If I am a new patient, what should I bring during my first visit?
Insurance cards: primary & secondary
Current medications w/ the bottles preferably
Follow-ups from hospitals
P.O.A. (Power of Attorney) letter or Living Will
Is your office HIPPA compliant?
Yes. We ensure your privacy.
Do you accept Insurance?
Yes, we accept most insurances.
How can I contact the doctor outside of office hours?
You can leave a message with the answering service when you call the office & it will be
delivered to the doctor.