As you move through the phases of life, your health needs will shift and change. Srinivas Vuthoori, MD, MBA, and the team at Officium Health, offer compassionate and comprehensive geriatric care to assist residents of Rancho Mirage, Blythe, and Santa Maria, California, in addition to Henderson, Nevada, as they move into their later years. Learn more about these services during a personalized visit, which you can book online or over the phone at your earliest convenience.
Geriatric care is an area of medical practice focused on addressing the health needs of people who have reached their retirement years and beyond. Everyone requires different types of health and wellness support as they move through the stages and phases of life, and anyone who is fortunate enough to reach an advanced age will also require special care.
Each individual is unique, and people need to transition into geriatric care at different points in their life. In general, most people should begin working with a geriatric health professional around the age of 75.
However, for those who experience complex health needs at an earlier age, or those who find themselves relying on caregivers for routine tasks, the time to begin geriatric care might arrive sooner than the mid-70s.
Geriatric care is highly personalized. Just as no two individuals share the exact same experience of aging, geriatric care is also unique.
Some aspects of geriatric care focus on physical health. Issues like arthritis, eye health, and osteoporosis are all common as you age. Your practitioner will also help you improve your mobility and prevent falls.
The mind is another important area of focus within geriatric care. Dementia, depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline are all issues your health provider will monitor for.
Medication management is an essential part of geriatric care. By the time you reach an advanced age, you’ve likely been prescribed a number of medications, sometimes from more than one health professional. Having a geriatric specialist review your current medications is an important way to ensure drug therapy is working for and not against you.
It’s always a good idea to bring a friend or loved one with you for geriatric care visits. It’s easy to get so focused on interacting with your physician that you forget to ask questions or relay information about your health.
A second set of ears ensures you get all the information needed during your visit. As the years pass, having a trusted person with you during your visits can also provide a great deal of comfort for you and reassurance for your caregivers.
If you have additional questions about geriatric care, call the Officium Health office to schedule a visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking page to set up an appointment. Some geriatric care needs can also be handled through telehealth visits.