We found 2 geriatricians who accept United Healthcare Plans near Kansas City, MO.

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Dr. Christine M Sankpill, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Christine Sankpill works as a hospitalist and geriatrician. Dr. Sankpill is affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

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Dr. Peter S Holt, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4440 Broadway Street
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Peter Holt's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Kansas City, MO. His areas of expertise include the following: aging and dementia. Dr. Holt is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Holt accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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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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