Senior Primary Care FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about senior primary care, aging and geriatric medicine.

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.

Senior Health Care Services

At Mercy, we offer compassionate care for a variety of senior care programs and treatment services, including: At Mercy, we offer comprehensive testing services to diagnose geriatric conditions and problems, including: At Mercy, we offer comprehensive services to diagnose and treat a full range of conditions, including: