Geriatric Doctors

  • The Difference Between Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Doctors

    Physicians are in increasingly short supply, so patients often spend more time with physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) during appointments. How do these health care providers compare to each other?

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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 a Senior with Dementia for a Doctor's Visit

    Once you've successfully taken the steps to get a dementia patient to go to the doctor, use the following tips to have an efficient, effective doctor's appointment.

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  • Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors

    The diagnosis and treatment of a mental disorder is much more complicated for older adults. Understanding the symptoms of and barriers to diagnosis and treatment can help ensure an aging loved one gets the care they need.

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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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  • How to Talk to the Doctor About Your Elderly Parent or Spouse

    Seniors may mislead their doctors due to fear, denial or a phenomenon called “showtiming.” Fortunately, there are some tips that caregivers can use to ensure doctors are well-informed while their loved ones’ dignity remains intact.

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  • First Steps for New Caregivers: Getting a Health Assessment for Your Parent

    When becoming a new caregiver for an aging parent it can be difficult to know where to start. A comprehensive health assessment can help you make care decisions moving forward.

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  • An Overview of Cancer

    As people age, they are more likely to get cancer, even if no one in the family has had it. Learn about cancer, symptoms to look for, how cancer is diagnosed and what treatments are used for elderly cancer patients.

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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 Alzheimer's or other dementia, 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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