Geriatric Doctors Articles

  • The Difference Between Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Doctors

    Doctors are in increasingly short supply, so it's not uncommon for patients to spend more time with physician assistants and nurse practitioners during appointments. Is one of these providers any better or worse than the others?

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  • What questions should a caregiver ask when they go to the doctor with an elderly parent?

    When taking your elderly parent to the doctor, maximize your time on each visit by keeping a notebook with your questions, observations on mental or physical changes since the last visit, lists of medications, and recommendations for follow up care.

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  • Preparing Elders with Dementia for a Doctor's Visit

    Effective communication with the doctor is important for you and your family when someone you love suffers from dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Take a team approach to preparing for Dr. visits to better achieve your health care goals.

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  • How to Be a Better Patient

    Use these 7 tips to become an active participant in your medical care and you'll have a better care experience with more successful outcomes.

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  • What Doctors Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease?

    You are seeing signs of Alzheimer's disease and want answers. What doctor should you see? Your family doctor can suspect the disease, but they may not be qualified to diagnosis the disease.

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  • How to Help Your Physician Help You

    What makes for a good relationship between a patient and their physician? A doctor's perspective on how to help your physician help you.

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  • Why I Didn’t Take the Doctor’s Advice

    Once my father got sick, I quickly learned when to accept physicians’ suggestions and when to stand up for what I felt was best for him. The pressure to make medical decisions can be intense, but in the end, nobody knows your loved one better than you do.

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  • Geriatric Psychiatrists: How Can We Help You?

    What is a geriatric psychiatrist and how can they help caregivers and seniors? Caring for older adults requires a special understanding of their physical, emotional and social needs.

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  • 4 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Health Care Provider

    Americans spend ten times longer searching for a new car than they do researching the right doctor. Part of the problem is that picking a quality doctor or hospital can be tricky. What can a caregiver do to find a reliable care provider?

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  • Are You Scared to Talk to Your Loved One’s Doctor?

    Many people aren’t comfortable pursuing honest conversations with physicians, but a lack of communication between caregivers and doctors can be detrimental to seniors’ health outcomes.

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  • A Geriatrician’s Opinion on Elders Who Refuse To Visit a Doctor

    A geriatrician’s advice on what to do when your elderly loved one refuses to go to the doctor. The first step is to try and understand what's behind your elderly loved one's refusal to go to a doctor.

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  • The Doctor Will See You Now: How to Get an Appointment Sooner

    When your elderly loved one is having a medical problem, you want to get them a doctor's appointment as soon as possible. Here are 5 ways you can get a doctor's appointment sooner for your elderly loved one.

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  • Honesty May Not Always Be a Doctor’s Policy

    Doctors may not always be honest with their patients. Some doctors refuse to tell their patients the whole truth and may even lie to a patient.

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  • Doctors Who Bully

    A confrontational nurse or an overbearing doctor can make appointments unpleasant, scary and even dangerous for a senior and their caregiver. Research indicates that overbearing doctors whose demeanor discourages communication has a negative effect on the quality of care a person receives.

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  • Do All Elders Need Geriatric Care?

    Geriatricians frequently provide the primary care for older adults who have complicated medical and social problems. Whether your parent should see a geriatrician is based more on their individual healthcare needs.

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  • How to Talk to Your Doctor: A Guide for Caregivers and Elders

    Knowing how to describe symptoms and bring up other concerns will help you become a partner in your parents' health care. Here are some tips that can help them and their caregivers communicate with doctors.

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  • Choosing a Doctor You and Your Parents Are Comfortable With

    Choosing the doctors who will care for your elderly parents is a critical decision for caregivers that determines the level and quality of care their elderly seniors will receive.

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  • If mom has a geriatrician does she still need her family doctor?

    In addition to primary care physicians, seniors might add a geriatric doctor to their care team. Geriatricians and geriatric-medicine specialists offer comprehensive geriatric assessments to gain a better idea of the needs older patients are facing.

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  • What is a Geriatrician?

    A geriatrician is a medical doctor with additional training and experience in assessing and treating problems in older people.

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  • Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors

    In seniors, it can be challenging for doctors to distinguish the symptoms of new or worsening mental illness from medication interactions or conditions like dementia.

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