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 sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Naghmeh Pooya's medical specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Pooya accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pooya attended medical school at The National University of Iran. Dr. Pooya trained at Easton Hospital for residency. Dr. Pooya is conversant in Persian. Dr. Pooya's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Pooya is accepting new patients.

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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. Patients gave Dr. Baldwin an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Baldwin accepts. Dr. Baldwin attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency 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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). On average, patients gave Dr. Morris a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Morris's practice is open to new patients.

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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 physician who specializes in geriatrics (elderly care). After completing medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His clinical interests include physiology, depression, and exercise. Dr. Negard accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Negard (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with 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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