Find answers to frequently asked questions about senior primary care, aging and geriatric medicine.
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.
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 others' dependence and/or assistance, a geriatric physician should be consulted.
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.
Medicare Part B enrollee patients have free annual wellness visits which include immunizations and routine health screenings with your primary care provider.
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.