We found 7 geriatricians near Wilmington, NC.
Dr. Lara Surles is a physician who specializes in family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She attended East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital for residency. She accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Surles is affiliated with Vidant Health.
Dr. Mary Rudyk's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She is professionally affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). She graduated from McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at Toronto Western Hospital and a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. The average patient rating for Dr. Rudyk is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rudyk is in-network for Medicare insurance.
Clinical interests: Osteoporosis, Incontinence, Dementia
Dr. Stephen Young works as an internist and geriatrician in Chapel Hill, NC, Wilmington, NC, and Raleigh, NC. Dr. Young accepts Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He trained at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for residency.
Dr. Mark Darrow works as a family medicine practitioner and geriatrician. He graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.
Dr. Mark Williams' specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He is affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). Dr. Williams's education and training includes medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. He accepts Medicare insurance.
Clinical interests: Memory Loss
Dr. James Pence practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Pence graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).
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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.