5 Questions to Ask Your Geriatric Physicians
Dr. Shima Hadidchi MD provides comprehensive healthcare for older adults. Read on to find out more about geriatric care and how it can benefit you. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Apple Valley, CA and Victorville, CA.
Table of Contents:
What does a geriatric physician focus on?
At what age should I see a geriatric physician?
Why do we need geriatric physicians?
What diseases does a geriatric physician treat?
How often should I schedule an appointment?
A geriatrician is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect the elderly. They are specially trained to treat the unique medical needs of older patients, which may include things like managing their prescribed medications, helping them to maintain their independence, and providing the counseling that they need to deal with any age-related conditions or diseases. They may also have additional training in the treatment of long-term conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or arthritis. Sometimes they will work in collaboration with other specialists, such as internists, rheumatologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, and others.
Geriatric physicians specialize in caring for adults in the older population with multiple or complex medical needs. They focus particularly on keeping their patients functional and helping them maintain a good quality of life. Geriatric physicians often work with family members and understand the role of caregivers. These doctors receive additional training in treating older adults, particularly those over the age of 65. People in this age range often have multiple or complex health matters and need specialized care; geriatric physicians have the training and experience necessary to address these issues.
The age for geriatric medicine is geared towards people who are 65 and older, but that does not mean every individual needs a geriatric physician as soon as they reach this age. In some cases, patients may be fine continuing to see their usual doctor, but it is always a good idea to prepare for when the need arises.
As people get older, their bodies experience many changes that often result in the development of health conditions, some of which are chronic. Some examples include osteoporosis, incontinence, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, and vision and hearing loss. Because treatments for one condition can make another condition worse, geriatricians understand how multiple conditions affect each other as well as the contraindications of various treatments.
Geriatric physicians help to keep the senior population healthy, addressing their medical needs and managing their health problems to improve their quality of life. Geriatric physicians are necessary because:
• Seniors often require specialized health attention
• They maintain optimal geriatric health and wellness
• They coordinate care between caregivers and doctors
• They provide a safe, positive environment
• Health problems can occur/intensify with age
• Complications can occur from additional declines
Geriatric physicians treat a variety of conditions and diseases that commonly affect older patients, including ones that involve physical, emotional, and mental health, such as:
Chronic diseases and conditions, including:
• high blood pressure
Common health concerns, including:
• memory loss
• urinary incontinence
• side effects caused by taking several medications
• urinary tract infections
• small lacerations
Mental conditions and disorders, including:
• bipolar disorder
Sexual health, including:
• sexual dysfunction
Skin problems, including:
• minor burns
Weight problems, including:
Seeing a geriatric physician is important, and how often one should see a geriatric physician varies from one person to the next. Patients in generally good health are often recommended to see their geriatrician once a year, while others with more complex health needs typically need to see their doctor more frequently, and may include multiple visits a year.
If you need professional geriatric care, come to Dr. Shima Hadidchi MD Family Practice. Call us or schedule an appointment online with our geriatrician, or visit our clinic. We have convenient locations to serve you in Apple Valley, CA and Victorville, CA. We serve patients from Victorville CA, Apple Valley CA, Adelanto CA, Hesperia CA, Crestline CA, Highland CA, Barstow CA, and BEYOND!
Additional Services You May Need
▸ Family Practice And Primary Care
▸ Weight Loss Management
▸ Women’s Health
▸ Vaccinations & Immunizations
▸ Diabetes Management
▸ Internal Medicine
▸ Acne Treatment
▸ Cryotherapy Treatment
▸ Skin Lesion Removal
▸ Dementia Treatment