Doctors for Seniors

Most adults go to a primary care doctor for their basic health needs. But, just as you'd take a child to a pediatrician seniors need specialized care too! A doctor called a geriatrician specializes in senior care and older adults can benefit from going to a geriatrician instead of a family medicine doctor.  



What Should you look for In a Senior Care Doctor?

Look for primary care doctors who specialize in the care of older adults.


Seniors may need a new primary care doctor if they:

  • Take multiple medications
  • Manage multiple diagnoses
  • Experience functional decline
  • Are diagnosed with a condition specific to aging, such as dementia


Seniors can keep their existing family practice doctor if they’re healthy and happy with their care, but those seeking a new doctor may benefit from finding one who specializes in senior care.


How Can a Primary Care Doctor Help?

For example, seniors who take multiple medications may experience overlapping side effects.


At Conviva, primary care doctors and their teams focus entirely on seniors and their lifestyles to create a path for aging well. Whether or not it’s a nutrition issue or dealing with loneliness, our primary care doctors address a patient’s concerns, as well as those of family or caregivers.



How to Choose a Doctor for a Senior

Ask prospective doctors questions about their experience. For example:

  • Do they have special training or certifications for senior care?
  • Does their practice accept your insurance?
  • Do they offer emergency or at-home services?
  • How do they communicate – via phone or through digital channels?

Preparing and doing a little research will help choosing the best physician for a senior a seamless process.



Content contained on this page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Consult your health care provider before beginning any new fitness or dietary plan. References provided are for informational purposes only and do not constitute endorsement of any websites or other sources. Should you have any health-related questions, you should contact your health care provider.



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