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?17 Comments
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.57 Comments
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.7 Comments
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.14 Comments
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.3 Comments
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.17 Comments
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.8 Comments
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.5 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.10 Comments
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.6 Comments
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.42 Comments
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.1 Comment
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.0 Comments
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.0 Comments
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.3 Comments
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.22 Comments
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?1 Comment
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.7 Comments
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.0 Comments