Geriatricians: What They Do and How They Help

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



About Jacqueline O'Doherty

Jacqueline O'Doherty of Health Care Connect, LLC is an experienced certified Patient Advocate who guides patients through our complex, confusing and changing healthcare system. As a Patient Advocate, Jackie supports and empowers patients and their families, making sure the patient is aware of all the options available to them by researching illness and disease, coordinating patient care and facilitating communication and continuity among the healthcare providers. She also assists in obtaining physicians and homecare…nurses, home health aides, physical therapy etc, as well as researching and facilitating short and long term care options. Jacqueline navigates the healthcare system with patients and their families, throughout the medical continuum, ensuring-patient centered care and protecting the patient’s healthcare rights. Jacqueline also provides peace of mind for long-distance caregivers by coordinating and overseeing senior care. Health Care Connect furnishes “feet on the ground,” resolving long distance and “sandwich generation” care dilemmas. Jacqueline teaches patient empowerment seminars enabling participants to utilize the healthcare system with greater confidence and success. Jacqueline spent 18 years in the medical device industry calling on various hospital departments and physicians across the medical continuum, allowing her to understand firsthand the difficulties of navigating the healthcare system. Jacqueline is a graduate of the Alfus Patient Advocacy Program at the University of Miami. She is also a graduate of Towson University with a degree in psychology. Jacqueline is a contributor to Hospital Impact and runs her private practice from Califon, NJ Jacqueline also serves on the board of directors for ICOPPA…International Coalition of Professional Patient Advocates. For further information please contact Health Care Connect, LLC Phone: 908-832-0417 Email: Website:
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