Older adults have unique needs. As you age, shifts in your ability to balance, fight infection, and maintain memory require special attention. If you have caregivers, they may be involved with helping you make decisions about your healthcare.
Our geriatricians focus on the full range of age-related healthcare needs of the older adult.
A Patient-Centered Approach
Geriatric medicine focuses on achieving the highest possible level of physical and cognitive function through a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to the care of the older adult, those who are age 65 and over.
As internal medicine physicians with further training in the care of the older adult, we can work with your preferences and needs. We can function as specialists, consultants or as primary care physicians.
Our patients also have access to other specialists at UVA, like:
Local and Online Resources
Our patient-centric approach can offer you resources to deal with the concerns of the older adult, including:
- Caregiver concerns and responsibilities
- Declining physical function
- Fall prevention
- Healthy aging
- High blood pressure
- Managing multiple conditions and medicines
- Memory loss
- Vision and hearing loss
Geriatricians also look at the social and emotional needs of older patients and help seniors and their families make choices about:
- Independent living
- Elder care
- Assisted living
- Hospice care
We can help connect you with local resources that support both caregivers and seniors:
- Jefferson Area Board on Aging (JABA)
- Blue Ridge PACE
- Alzheimer's Association - Central and Western Virginia Chapter