I am often approached by families in need of finding a geriatrician in their community and they simply don’t know where to turn for help. Caregivers turn to me in frustration, especially if they feel there is a lack of coordinated care between doctors as their loved one ages. They are overwhelmed with trying to manage every detail of multiple doctor visits and the myriad of medications prescribed.
A recent article in the April 2016 issue of AARP Bulletin points to a shortage of licensed geriatricians in the United States. There are just over 7,000 currently licensed geriatricians in the U.S. and it’s projected that we’ll need more than 23,000 by the year 2030 (source: American Geriatrics Society).
As a medical doctor who can help oversee all aspects of care for older adults, geriatricians can help you if you suffer from multiple health issues at the same time. They design care plans to deal with the whole person. Geriatricians are board certified doctors, typically in either family medicine or internal medicine. In addition, they’ve completed additional training certifying them in geriatric medicine.
Here are some indicators that a geriatrician might be right for you and your family:
- You have multiple, chronic health problems and you are dealing with several doctors.
- You have a decline in strength, balance or memory.
- You display “geriatric syndromes” such as falls, unexplained weight loss, delirium, sleep problems, and bladder incontinence.
- You are a caregiver feeling overwhelmed.
Perhaps you don’t need a geriatrician, but a bit more help would give you peace of mind? We have a solution for you. Consider our “Co-ordicare” option. It’s an affordable care management plan for seniors. It’s ideal for families who live long distance from their loved ones or for people who find themselves in the “sandwich generation”.
If you or a loved one is struggling with your health care options, please reach out to us today. As Patient Advocates, we are focused on making sure you find the best options and the best care available. Think of us as your health care quarterback. We help you find the appropriate medical care across the continuum….. not just your geriatric needs.
Contact Jackie O’Doherty at 908-832-0417 or visit http://myhealthcareconnect.com.