We found 4 geriatricians who accept Aetna Open Choice PPO near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Naghmeh Pooya, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Naghmeh Pooya works as a general internist and geriatrician in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Pooya is conversant in Persian. Dr. Pooya is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Pooya obtained Dr. Pooya's medical school training at The National University of Iran and performed Dr. Pooya's residency at Easton Hospital. Dr. Pooya accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pooya's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Erin Leigh Baldwin, MS, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
2025 Soquel Center; 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Erin Baldwin is a general internist and geriatrician in Santa Cruz, CA and Camarillo, CA. Dr. Baldwin's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

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Dr. William Jarrett Morris, MPH, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. William Morris' specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Santa Cruz, CA. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Morris has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Morris accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Morris's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Christian F Negard, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 3rd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Christian Negard is a geriatrician. His areas of expertise consist of physiology, depression, and exercise. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Negard graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Negard (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. Dr. Negard's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Negard is open to new patients.

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What is Geriatrics?

Geriatrics is the subspecialty of internal medicine that provides primary care to older adults. Physical health tends to decline with age, and geriatricians work to manage such age-related concerns as chronic illness, frailty, multiple medications, and declining mental health to keep seniors as active and independent as possible.

Some of the most common concerns seen by a geriatrician include:

  • Mobility issues, including the need for canes and walkers, as well as preventing falls
  • Osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones, which affects as many as a quarter of all men and half of all women over fifty
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Incontinence, or the inability to control one’s bladder
  • Memory loss, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

A geriatrician may also provide their patients with comprehensive care that includes checking on their social health. Seniors are at increased risk for poverty, loneliness, abuse, and injuries in the home. As part of their health care, a geriatrician may inquire about family support, living conditions, or the ability of a patient to perform daily self-care tasks.

In some cases, a geriatrician may serve as an advisor to other physicians on a specific case or condition. However, most of the time geriatrics is a primary care specialty, and geriatricians provide routine health care to the older patients they work with.

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