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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 is a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Pooya speaks Persian. Dr. Pooya is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Pooya is a graduate of The National University of Iran and a graduate of Easton Hospital's residency program. Dr. Pooya takes several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Pooya's practice is open to 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 physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Baldwin accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing her residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Dr. Baldwin attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Baldwin's 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 specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). After attending 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. Patient reviews placed Dr. Morris at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Morris speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his 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 practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Santa Cruz, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: physiology, depression, and exercise. Dr. Negard'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. Negard honors. His practice is open to new patients. 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.

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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.