You'd bring a four-year-old child to a pediatrician, right? In the same way, now that you are over 65, you may benefit from health care providers who specialize in the care of older adults.
Geriatricians have additional specialized training. So do the highly skilled geriatrics nurse practitioners and geriatrics social workers who are a big part of our Senior Health team. Our nurse practitioners (NPs) are Registered Nurses with a master’s degree, as well as advanced clinical training and specialization (in our case, geriatrics is the specialty). They diagnose, treat and prescribe across a wide range of health problems, order and interpret lab tests, and conduct physical examinations. Our NP’s help educate you about health-promoting lifestyle choices, and work with you to implement these choices. They also help coordinate your health care services.
When we use the word “health care provider” or “provider” on this website, we are referring to Senior Health physicians and nurse practitioners.
Our geriatrics health care providers are taught a different approach—we don’t only treat medical problems, while delegating emotional or lifestyle issues to nurses or social workers. An older person's medical, mental health, social and daily living issues affect each other. Let’s say you don’t have a ride to the doctor. Well, that can interfere with your good health. So something practical can turn into something medical. For older people, it’s all connected. That's why we at Senior Health deal with all parts of your wellness picture.
We offer the following services tailored to your unique needs:
Complete geriatric assessment: Glance at the list, and you’ll quickly see this assessment is different from those you received in your 30s, 40s, or even 50s. It evaluates how you are doing in key areas for people 65 and older:
Knowledge of common geriatric syndromes: These include falling and mobility problems, memory impairment, medication issues, and failure to thrive—which includes weight loss and weakening general health.
Ability to recognize symptoms of disease that are different from those in younger people.
Relationships with family members and caregivers: You'll notice the difference right away. We spend lots of time with everyone involved in your care…listening, developing a care plan, and offering skilled emotional support.
Advanced Directives: The staff at Senior Health can provide guidance in deciding your future health care wishes, and involvement in carrying these out.
Help accessing the community services you need at each stage: This can be home care, accessible transportation, volunteers to come visit and chat, or hospice care.
“We build on your strengths. And we see which of your problems are fixable. Many things can be done!”
— Joyce F. Fogel, MD, FACP, Chief, Division of Geriatrics Medicine
Our patients can reach a doctor after 5 pm or on the weekends by calling