As you get older, your risk of chronic health issues, including heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes, starts to increase. Because seniors have unique health needs, HG Doctors provides expanded laboratory testing, advanced screenings, and comprehensive evaluations for elderly adults. Book your geriatric medical care evaluation at our Florida-based practices today. Click on the online scheduling tool or call to speak with a team member directly.
Geriatrics Q & A
Why is geriatric medical care important?
Geriatrics is a specialized branch of internal medicine devoted to comprehensive health care of the elderly. The goal is to promote optimal wellness and prevent chronic diseases, while managing any lifelong conditions you currently have.
Ongoing geriatric medical care is also important to:
- Evaluate your heart health
- Screen for warning signs of dementia
- Check for vision and hearing loss
- Prevent bone loss, fractures, and falls
- Manage your prescription medications
- Treat urinary or fecal incontinence issues
- Manage chronic pain issues, including arthritis
Geriatric medical care even involves treating immobility and gait instability issues in an effort to improve your quality of life.
What happens during a geriatric medical exam?
HG Doctors is home to a team of board-certified geriatric physicians, so you can feel confident that you’re receiving expert care. The team collaborates to provide comprehensive services, which may include:
- Blood glucose test, such as the A1C
- Vaccine updates, including the flu shot
- Body mass index (BMI) evaluation
- Neurological and reflex testing
- Mental health screening
- Bone density screening
- Blood cholesterol check
- Blood pressure evaluation
- Thorough foot exam
Your dedicated physician also sits and talks with you about your health. This is your time to let them know if you have concerns at home, like if you experience mobility issues, so they can help you find the most effective treatment solutions.
How often do I need to see my doctor if I am a senior?
Typically if you’re 65 or over, the team at HG Doctors wants to see you twice a year for a head-to-toe geriatric examination. If you have health concerns, like diabetes or high cholesterol, or if you’re overweight, your doctor may want to see you as often as every three months.
It’s also important to come in to HG Doctors if you need refills on your medications or are experiencing changes in your health, including an increase in blood pressure. Because seemingly minor illnesses can quickly become serious when you’re older, the team encourages you to book an exam anytime you notice flu-like symptoms.
If you need geriatric medical care, contact HG Doctors for an evaluation today. You can book your appointment either online or over the phone.