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Geriatrics Specialist

HealthStone Primary Care Partners -  - Primary Care

HealthStone Primary Care Partners

Primary Care & Internal Medicine located in Hollywood, FL

As you age, your medical needs become more complex, and you need customized care. Joelle Estrada, MD, Diana Carmona, ARNP, and the rest of the team members at HealthStone Primary Care Partners are experts at providing care to adult men and women of all ages at their office in Hollywood, Florida. They're well-attuned and prepared to treat to the complex health issues that older men and women face as they enter advanced age. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.

Geriatrics

What is geriatric care?


Geriatrics, or geriatric medicine, focuses on the unique healthcare needs of people over 65 years of age. This includes managing, treating, and preventing disease and disability.

As you age, it’s common to develop multiple health conditions at the same time. Your body changes, and diseases and their treatments can have a different impact on your system. The skilled providers at HealthStone Primary Care Partners are trained to handle all of your medical issues while designing treatment plans that manage your whole-person health, regardless of your age. 

In addition to managing your medical health, the providers at HealthStone Primary Care Partners also evaluate your ability to care for yourself, consider your living situation and social support network, and prioritize your preferences and desires pertaining to your own care.

Why do older adults need special care?

Treating multiple health issues simultaneously can be difficult. Over half of adults 65 and older have at least three medical problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Prescribing multiple medications at one time can not only lead to dangerous side effects, but it can also worsen an existing condition.

Older adults also have issues less common in younger patients:

  • Fall risks
  • Incontinence
  • Cognition problems
  • Chronic conditions

These issues can lead to considerable impairment and frailty, especially in patients over 75 years of age. This can make it difficult to deal with complicated treatment instructions and manage multiple healthcare specialists while also causing stress on caregivers.

Who provides geriatric care?

Joelle Estrada, MD, is a board-certified primary care physician with additional training and certification in geriatric medicine. This area of study focuses on conditions that affect older adults, and the unique impact aging has on both the body and the mind. In combination with Dr. Estrada's extensive training as a primary care provider, it’s a valuable tool for measuring and monitoring the mental and physical function of men and women as they age. 

With this specialized training, Dr. Estrada and the team at HealthStone Primary Care Partners are dedicated to providing personalized care to men and women over 60 with particular attention to older frail adults who usually have the most complicated health and social problems.

To learn more about the benefits of geriatric care, call HealthStone Primary Care Partners today or request an appointment online.