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Geriatrics Specialist

Associated Physicians Group, PLC

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Berkley, MI

Anyone 65 and older can benefit from routine geriatric care. That’s because as you age, you’re more likely to experience health problems like heart disease and arthritis. At Associated Physicians Group, PLC, board-certified internal medicine specialist Neelum Gupta, MD, and board-certified family medicine physician Camelia Salanta, MD, provide many geriatrics services, including diagnosing and treating many age-related health problems. To request an appointment at the practice in Berkley, Michigan, call the office today.

Geriatrics Q & A

What is geriatrics?

Geriatrics is a medical specialty that provides people 65 and over with comprehensive care. If you’re near retirement age or living with a chronic condition like arthritis or dementia, geriatric care can ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

What issues do geriatricians treat?

Associated Physicians Group, PLC use geriatrics to diagnose and treat many age-related issues, including:

  • Dementia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Incontinence
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure

You might also benefit from geriatrics if you’re weak, frail, or have difficulty maintaining your balance.

What are the benefits of geriatrics?

Geriatrics provides several benefits to people 65 and older, including:

Integrated care

Many seniors have several underlying health problems that require care from various specialists and providers. You might also have to take several prescription drugs. The geriatric providers at Associated Physicians Group, PLC can coordinate your care and prioritize specific treatments that improve your quality of life.

Foster healthy aging

Aging is a part of life, but it presents unique cognitive, physical, and emotional challenges. Working with a geriatrician (a doctor who exclusively treats people 65 and older) is an easy way to stay physically active, connected, and healthy.

Geriatrics can even change your outlook on aging. Research suggests people who have negative ideas about getting older also have more health problems. Associated Physicians Group, PLC can make recommendations to help you stay positive.

What happens during a geriatrics appointment?

At Associated Physicians Group, PLC, no two geriatrics appointments are exactly alike. Your provider tailors your visit to your age, medical history, and unique needs.

First, your provider does a comprehensive exam and asks about any symptoms you’re experiencing. Next, they order a series of lab tests, including blood work and urinalysis, and conduct any scheduled preventive screenings.

If your lab tests or preventive screenings come back with abnormal results, your provider develops a custom treatment plan that reduces uncomfortable symptoms and improves your quality of life. They might also recommend healthy lifestyle changes like losing weight, quitting smoking, and exercising regularly.

What should I bring to a geriatrics appointment?

Associated Physicians Group, PLC recommends bringing the following items to your geriatrics appointment:

  • Results from any recent tests
  • Your health insurance information
  • Names and contact information of all doctors and specialists you’ve seen
  • List of prescription medications you take
  • List of underlying health problems

Call the Associated Physicians Group, PLC office today or book an appointment online to learn more about the benefits of geriatrics.