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Lara Kester Surles MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
2450 Emerald Place Drive
Greenville, NC
(252) 551-1066; (252) 847-4100

Dr. Lara Surles sees patients in Greenville, NC. Her medical specialties are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She honors Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Surles completed a residency program at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Vidant Health.

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Mary Kathryn Rudyk MD
Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
Senior Health Center; 1709A S 16th Street
Wilmington, NC
(910) 452-8633

Dr. Mary Rudyk practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She is affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). Before performing her residency at Toronto Western Hospital and a hospital affiliated with McMaster University, Dr. Rudyk attended McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Clinical interests: Dementia, osteoporosis, incontinence, behavioral management

Mark Edward Williams MD, FACP
Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive
Wilmington, NC
(910) 662-9300; (910) 772-9202

Dr. Mark Williams is an internist and geriatrician. Before performing his residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Dr. Williams attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He takes Medicare insurance. He is professionally affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).

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Clinical interests: Geriatric care, function and independence, memory loss, ambulation difficulty

Dr. Mark David Darrow MD
Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Family Medicine
2131 S 17th Street
Wilmington, NC

Dr. Mark Darrow is a specialist in geriatrics (elderly care). He honors Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
2221 South 17th Street
Wilmington, NC

Dr. Stephen Young is a general internist and geriatrician in Chapel Hill, NC, Wilmington, NC, and Raleigh, NC. Dr. Young accepts Medicare insurance. His education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
2207 Delaney Avenue
Wilmington, NC
(910) 392-7064

Dr. James Pence is a family practitioner and geriatrician in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Pence is professionally affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Psychiatry, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
311-4e Judges Road
Wilmington, NC

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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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