Senior Primary Care

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With improvements in medical care, nutrition and advances in technology, the number of people in the US who are over the age of 65 is larger than ever before and this growing population has special medical concerns. At Mercy, our geriatric doctors work closely with aging adults to help them reduce the risk of illness and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Geriatric Medicine & Health Care Services

Mercy geriatric doctors diagnose, treat and manage diseases and conditions requiring a special approach for aging patients. Our goal is to help our patients age gracefully and get the most out of their daily lives by serving as both primary care physicians as well as consultants.

We take the time to clearly explain your treatment plan, so that you better understand your care. We also coordinate with family and caregivers to meet the specific needs of aging patients. 

Health Screenings & Assessments

Our geriatricians conduct comprehensive assessments of our older patients’ physical, psychological and social needs. Using the Mercy care team approach, our team coordinates with specialists to manage conditions and develop the most effective care plan for you. We also provide annual Medicare wellness exam services.

Maintaining regular health check-ups with your Mercy geriatric physician can help catch health issues early. We offer guidance specific to older adults on immunizations, health screenings, staying active and nutrition. Routine visits also develop into trusting relationships supporting ongoing health as you age.

Care for Chronic & Common Elderly Conditions

Mercy’s geriatricians provide expert care for chronic conditions and common aging concerns specific to older adults including: 

For elderly patients with multiple chronic conditions, your physician helps monitor the effectiveness of medications and proactively addresses issues.  

Senior Behavioral Health

We aim to diagnose and treat the complex behavioral, emotional and cognitive challenges affecting older adults through our elderly mental health services.

Palliative Care

If you’re dealing with a chronic or complex condition, our palliative care services can help you live more comfortably.

Senior Primary Care FAQs

What is a geriatric physician?

A geriatric physician also called a geriatrician, is a board-certified primary care doctor who is specialized in the aging process. Geriatric physicians are concerned with health problems that frequently affect older adults such as pain, falls, memory loss, incontinence and medication side effects.

When should I see a geriatrician rather than a primary care doctor?

Primary care providers may provide medical care for elderly patients who don’t have serious health concerns. However, when an older adult experiences physical, mental or emotional illness or disabilities that lead to dependence and/or assistance of others, a geriatric physician should be consulted.

Is it possible to bring a family member or friend to my appointments?

Having someone who knows you well along to listen, take notes and ask questions can be helpful. There are federal rules on patient privacy and confidentiality, but with your permission HIPPA allows information to be shared.   

What is a Medicare annual wellness visit?

Medicare Part B enrollee patients have free annual wellness visits which include immunizations and routine health screenings with your primary care provider. 

Are my vaccinations up to date?

For seniors, keeping vaccinations current is especially important because you’re more likely to suffer infections due to a weakened immune system. Your primary care doctor can create a personalized immunization plan to reduce the risk of serious illnesses.

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