Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Specialist in Redlands, CA
Comprehensive geriatric assessment is an effective tool used by geriatric doctors to evaluate and prevent factors that influence the overall well-being of elderly patients. Talk to our specialist Dr. Mohamed Nassar M.D. about comprehensive geriatric assessments. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 255 Terracina Blvd, Suite 105 Redlands, CA 92373.
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Geriatric care also referred to as geriatrics, is the medical specialty that focuses on the health care of the elderly. It involves providing treatment for conditions that affect the elderly, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer; this is imperative, as almost 80 percent of seniors have one chronic condition, and almost half have more than one. Geriatric care also involves providing long term care, which can include assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, eating, and going to the bathroom, as well as social and psychological support to seniors. Geriatricians are also specialists in advancing the quality of life of the elderly, including providing education to help seniors avoid conditions that they might need long term care for, such as arthritis.
A comprehensive geriatric assessment is a medical evaluation of older adults that takes into account the health and medical history as well as the social and physical environment of the patient. This assessment is important in the care of older adults, as it can highlight problems before they become severe and can help to optimize the quality of their lives. In addition, a comprehensive geriatric assessment can also help to identify potential “coping strategies” for patients, which can help to reduce the symptoms of social isolation and depression. Finally, a comprehensive geriatric assessment can also help to ensure that older adults are receiving the care that they require and that they are receiving the appropriate quality of care.
Geriatric assessment is important for many reasons, including the prevalence of chronic conditions in the older population. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a study of over 70 million adults over the age of 55, 78 percent were living with one chronic condition, 47 percent were living with two chronic conditions, and 19 percent were living with three or more chronic conditions. These statistics are staggering and reinforce the importance of geriatric care. Geriatric assessments are essential to detect early signs of development of these conditions; early detection leads to timely care, which reduces the potential for disease progression and possible complications that may arise.
Many people can benefit from a comprehensive geriatric assessment, including those who:
• Are over the age of 55
• Have one or more chronic conditions, including:
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Are at higher risk of developing disease
• Have psychosocial disorders including depression or isolation
• Have specific geriatric conditions including functional disability
• Have previous or high healthcare utilization
• Are considering a change in living situation
While these factors are directly associated with a need for geriatric assessment, there may be additional factors involved. For more information, or if you think you or someone you love needs a comprehensive geriatric assessment, please call Mohamed Nassar, MD.
Yes, we do! At Mohamed Nassar, MD, we specialize in geriatric care, including comprehensive geriatric assessments. Our physician is multilingual and can provide top-quality care to patients of all backgrounds and medical needs. He specializes in diabetes care, preventative care, and cardiac care, including high blood pressure. If you or someone you love needs quality geriatric care, come see Dr. Nassar today! At Mohamed Nassar, MD, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care at every visit. Call us or schedule an appointment online for a comprehensive geriatric assessment, or visit our clinic located at 255 Terracina Blvd, Suite 105 Redlands, CA 92373. We serve patients from Redlands CA, Loma Linda CA, Mentone CA, Highland CA, Moonlight Rim CA, Grand Terrace CA, El Casco CA, Greenspot CA, and surrounding areas.