Your body changes — that’s a natural part of life. The right geriatric care can enhance your quality of life with every passing year, so you remain healthy enough to do all of the activities you love. At Dominion Family Healthcare in San Antonio, the caring, experienced team includes Dr. Yasmeen Agha, who will listen to all of your concerns. Take a step for your long-term health today by calling or booking a consultation online.
Geriatric Care Q & A
What is geriatric care?
Aging is a natural part of life, and with it comes an increased focus on your health. You may find yourself with one or more long-term health conditions if you’re like most older adults. In fact, more than half of seniors age 65 and up are managing three or more health problems. These conditions include:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- High blood pressure
Geriatric care is medical diagnosis and treatment to enhance your quality of life as you live with ongoing health conditions that come with aging.
What does geriatric care treat?
You’re more prone to certain ailments with each passing year. Geriatric care is essential to maintaining your good health, particularly if you have one or more chronic conditions.
Here are several of the most common health conditions treated by geriatric care.
Half of adults over age 65 have arthritis, which often causes ongoing pain and can damage your quality of life without proper care.
More than one-third of men and a quarter of women age 65 and older have heart disease. Making lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising, gives you a great chance of enjoying a full life with this condition.
While cancer becomes more common as you age, preventive screenings, such as skin checks, mammograms, and colonoscopies, can catch this disease early, when it’s more treatable.
Conditions affecting your breathing, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, and asthma, are common among older adults. Getting tests of your lung functioning and taking the proper medications helps you live a full, active life despite these conditions.
One-quarter of adults age 65 and up have diabetes, making it a common condition requiring geriatric care. You can take charge of your health if you’re diabetic with routine monitoring under the care of your doctor at Dominion Family Health, eating a proper diet, and exercising.
What does geriatric care involve?
At Dominion Family Health, your doctor designs a treatment plan to enhance your quality of life as you age. Together, you explore all treatment avenues. If you have a chronic condition, this may include medications to manage your symptoms so you can do all of the activities you love.
Depending on your condition, your doctor may want to see you regularly to monitor your vital signs, such as your blood pressure and pulse. You may need routine checks of your blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and other key benchmarks of health.
Geriatric care is designed to promote a full, healthy life. To find out how the team at Dominion Family Healthcare can help you, call or book a consultation online today.