Geriatrics in Chandler, AZ

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What is Geriatrics?

Geriatrics is the specialty of medicine that focuses on the unique healthcare needs of older individuals who are typically over the age of 65. As people age, their bodies naturally go through numerous changes. Any medical conditions that are present can worsen, while new ones may develop over time. Additionally, the cognitive function and physical abilities of older adults may decline, which can lead to more challenges with their care. At Immaculate Heart of Mary Family Health Center, Dr. Charles Armstrong and Dr. Margaret Hart offer geriatric medicine to help support you and your family. For more information, call our Chandler, AZ, practice to set up an appointment.

What Can I Expect From Geriatric Care?

When you come to our Chandler, AZ office for your initial consultation, Dr. Hart or Dr. Armstrong may perform a geriatric assessment, which is used to evaluate your cognitive function, mental and physical health, fall risk factors, and functional abilities. This will enable us to determine the kind of treatment and overall care you will require in order to maintain your quality of life. There are several medical conditions and concerns that can be brought on by the natural aging process, including dementia, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, and urinary incontinence. Other chronic illnesses, like arthritis, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), may also require advanced care to manage.

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High-Quality Care for Older Adults

Immaculate Heart of Mary Family Health Center strives to provide comprehensive primary care to people at every stage of life. We understand the complex health issues that arise in elderly adults. If you are over the age of 65 or are assisting with the care of an older person in your family, Dr. Hart and Dr. Armstrong specialize in geriatric medicine and invite you to contact them today.

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Geriatrics FAQs

While the term 'geriatric' is something that cannot be defined by something as simple as age, typically, patients of ages 65 and over are considered geriatric. However, being in this age range alone does not necessarily mean a patient needs geriatric care.

There are various conditions and illnesses that could affect geriatric patients to different degrees. Some of the most common of these are arthritis, cancer, kidney disease, dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Geriatric patients will usually require more frequent medical care than was necessary previously in their life. This could include everything from physical exams, eye checkups, physical therapy, nursing care, and more. Regularly scheduled appointments will help to ensure all of their basic needs are being met and any new issues are identified early.

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