Geriatric Care

Family Practice, PA

Internal Medicine located in Hitchcock, TX

The need for qualified health professionals to care for the aging population and their specialized medical needs are growing. The team of health professionals at Family Practice, PA, in Hitchcock, Texas, understand the needs of the increasing senior population and provide compassionate geriatric care. If you’re looking for a healthcare professional to meet your changing needs as you age, call today to schedule an appointment today.

Geriatric Care Q & A

What is geriatric care?

Geriatric care is a medical specialty. It is specifically the study and practice of medicine for people 65 years of age and older. Although, most people don’t require the specialized care until 70 to 75 years of age.

As you age, your medical needs change, sometimes drastically, so it’s important to have a medical professional like our physicians, who have a good understanding of your healthcare needs.

This is especially crucial when you’re dealing with multiple medical problems that require various medications and treatments. It’s not only coordinating when to take medication and where to get treatment, but how multiple medications and treatments affect each other.

What health issues are common in seniors?

In addition to heart disease and diabetes, there are a number of specific medical issues that affect seniors, including:

  • Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis
  • Eye issues such as sight, cataracts, and glaucoma
  • Depression
  • Dental disease
  • Urinary issues

Many of the medical issues that affect seniors impact mobility and quality of life. Our team works hard at helping you manage your illness to improve both.

How does a senior prepare before going to see the doctor?

When coming in to see the doctor, be prepared so he can provide the best care and treatment plan possible. Write down all the questions you might have about your health before the appointment.

You should also bring a list of your medication, including dosage. Your pharmacist may be able to provide a list for you.

You also want to provide the doctor with an accurate account of your medical history, which might include notes from prior doctors. Even if our doctor is your regular physician, you should have copies of any notes or tests you’ve had done at other facilities.

When talking to the doctor, take notes to help you remember the key points once you get home. Or, bring a family member or friend to the appointment to help with note-taking.

If our team recommends additional testing or a referral to a specialist, it’s OK to ask questions about what to expect.

Whether for you or an aging family member, if you’re looking for a doctor to help you manage your complex healthcare needs, call Family Practice, PA, or book an appointment online.