Geriatrics Specialist

Coleman Primary Care -  - Primary Care

Coleman Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Sterling, VA

Everyone grows old eventually, and while old age can be a rewarding and fulfilling time for some, for others it can be a difficult and painful decline. Experienced internist Linda Coleman, MD, and her team at Coleman Primary Care in Sterling, Virginia, help patients live their best possible life in old age, providing all the primary care services that geriatric patients need. Call Coleman Primary Care or book an appointment online today to find out more about health care in older age.

Geriatrics Q & A

What is geriatrics?

Geriatrics refers to the care of older people, many of whom have chronic health conditions and complex needs. Geriatrics are usually over the age of 65, although for many seniors 65 is still an age where they’re feeling fit and full of life.

The rate at which your health declines as you age depends partly on your genetics and partly on your lifestyle and medical history. For instance, an 85-year-old who lives a healthy lifestyle could be hale and hearty, while someone else who’s only 60 could be facing a number of infirmities and health problems because of their family history, or their long-time smoking habit, for example.

What kinds of health problems do geriatrics have?

Older people are more likely to have chronic health problems, and around half of all the people in the United States over the age of 65 have three or more ongoing medical conditions, which might include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Incontinence

As well as their medical conditions, many geriatric people have problems getting around, and find it hard to stay fit because of their mobility issues. One of the most frequent accidents geriatrics have is falls, as older people become increasingly unsteady on their feet.

How does primary care support geriatric men and women?

Geriatrics is a specialty branch of medicine, and one of the many fields in which internists have considerable expertise. The team at Coleman Primary Care supports older people by helping them to manage their health conditions, monitoring their progress and reviewing their care plans to ensure they live a rewarding life into old age.

The team at Coleman Primary Care have a great deal of experience in assessing geriatric health needs and are experts at spotting signs of dementia, increased frailty, and other signs of age-related decline. They also listen carefully to the concerns and wishes of geriatric patients to ensure they’re happy with their care and know that their welfare and happiness is the priority.

Knowing that you and your loved ones are going to be treated with respect and dignity as you grow older is very reassuring. The team at Coleman Primary Care go out of their way to meet their geriatric patients’ physical and psychological needs to ensure a long and rewarding retirement.

If you have any concerns about aging, or you’re wondering how to stay healthy as you get older, call Coleman Primary Care or book an appointment online today.