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

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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's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Baldwin completed her residency training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Baldwin's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group.

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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 attended The National University of Iran and then went on to complete Dr. Pooya's residency at Easton Hospital. Dr. Pooya takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Pooya speaks Persian. Dr. Pooya's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pooya's office for an appointment.

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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 is a specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). The average patient rating for Dr. Morris is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morris is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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 geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Negard (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. His areas of expertise include physiology, depression, and exercise. Dr. Negard's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Negard studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He has an open panel.

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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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