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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  • 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, social, and mental health needs.

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  • A Geriatrician’s Take on Elders Who Refuse to Go to the Doctor

    Fear, denial, thriftiness, distrust, and embarrassment are common reasons why seniors avoid doctor’s appointments. Fortunately, there are strategies caregivers can use to ensure aging loved ones receive the medical care they need.

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  • Geriatricians: The Antidote to Ageism in Senior Healthcare

    Ageism isn’t just hurtful—it is also harmful. When health care professionals perpetuate ageist attitudes, senior patients’ health care outcomes suffer.

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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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  • Do All Elders Need Specialized Geriatric Care?

    As a caregiver, you may wonder if it’s time to add a geriatrician to an aging loved one’s care team. Any senior can benefit from a geriatric physician, but this decision depends on an elder’s unique healthcare needs.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why I’m Ditching the Blood Pressure Pills I’ve Taken for 40 Years

    Medical authorities now say blood pressure for seniors without cardiac issues can go safely up to 150/90. For that and other reasons, I'm quitting the pills. Here's why.

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  • Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: What Happens Next?

    Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a very overwhelming experience, both for the person diagnosed, and for family and friends. It is important that certain issues be addressed after the diagnosis has been made.

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  • Why Ill Elders Fool the Doctor and What to Do About It

    Whether your aging loved one is in denial about their health or intentionally withholding information during doctor’s appointments, it’s vital to find ways to help the physician see the truth about a senior's situation.

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  • New Caregivers: Get a Health Assessment for Your Parent

    Being a new caregiver for an aging parent is overwhelming. Becoming well informed of your loved one's overall health, and securing the documents that allow you to make decisions going forward will hopefully avoid a future crisis.

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  • Dealing with an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

    Finding out that a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful, frightening, and overwhelming. Take these steps for coping with a dementia diagnosis that will protect you, your family and your loved one.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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