We found 4 geriatricians who accept Aetna Open Choice PPO near Santa Cruz, CA.
Dr. Naghmeh Pooya works as an internist and geriatrician. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pooya accepts. Dr. Pooya is a graduate of The National University of Iran and a graduate of Easton Hospital's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Pooya speaks Persian. Dr. Pooya is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Pooya is open to new patients.
Dr. Erin Baldwin is an internist and geriatrician in Santa Cruz, CA and Camarillo, CA. Dr. Baldwin is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Baldwin completed her residency training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group.
Dr. William Morris specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Morris is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Morris trained at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.
Dr. Christian Negard is a medical specialist in geriatrics (elderly care). These areas are among Dr. Negard's clinical interests: physiology, depression, and exercise. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Negard trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. Dr. Negard (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Negard is open to new patients.
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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.