As you get older, your health needs change, and your risk of certain chronic diseases increases. That’s why Robert Partovy, DO, and the team at San Fernando Medical Center provide comprehensive geriatric health care, so you can achieve optimal wellness and receive any essential chronic disease management you may need. To schedule a geriatrics exam, call the office in San Fernando, California, or book an appointment online today.

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Why is geriatric health care important?

Geriatric medicine involves meeting with a compassionate provider who has extensive experience in the health needs of patients over the age of 65 and the overall aging process. It’s important to receive comprehensive geriatric health care services to:

  • Manage chronic conditions, including diabetes and high cholesterol
  • Detect chronic diseases, like heart disease or hypertension, early on
  • Check for warning signs of dementia
  • Prevent bone loss

Geriatric health care is also a way for you to learn lifestyle changes to help you restore or maintain your optimal well-being. For instance, your provider can help you find exercises that are safe and comfortable to perform, so you can maintain your weight and keep your bones strong and healthy.

What happens during a geriatrics exam?

The San Fernando Medical Center team understands the special needs seniors have, so they make sure to schedule plenty of time for your geriatric health exam. Depending on your previous health history, current health, and any concerns, your provider may perform or recommend any of the following screenings:

  • Reflex evaluations
  • Neurological testing
  • Blood pressure check
  • Bone density screenings
  • Vision and hearing testing
  • Body mass index (BMI) calculation
  • Blood tests to evaluate cholesterol, diabetes, or kidney function (among others)

Your San Fernando Medical Center provider also talks with you about your medications. They can change dosages or medications as needed to help you achieve optimal health.

How often do I need a geriatrics exam?

It depends on your age and overall health. If you’re in good health and have no clear risk of chronic disease, your dedicated provider may recommend coming in once or twice a year for a geriatric physical.

But if you’re at risk of developing a chronic condition or if you’re currently managing a chronic disease, your provider could recommend coming in about once a quarter or even once a month for geriatric health care.

You should also come into San Fernando Medical Center for a sick visit anytime you have a fever, persistent cough, experience vomiting or diarrhea, or have any other signs of acute illness. Because your immune system is often weaker as you get older, early treatment intervention is essential if you get sick.

To schedule your geriatrics exam at San Fernando Medical Center, call the office or request a visit online.