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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's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); dr. Naghmeh Pooya sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Pooya is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Pooya is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pooya has an open panel. Dr. Pooya attended The National University of Iran and then went on to complete Dr. Pooya's residency at Easton Hospital. Dr. Pooya speaks Persian.

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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 an internist and geriatrician. She attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Baldwin takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group.

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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 is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Morris's 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. Morris takes. Dr. Morris is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Christian Negard's specialty is geriatrics (elderly care). He is especially interested in physiology, depression, and exercise. Dr. Negard takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Negard (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Negard welcomes 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.