We found 2 geriatricians who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 003 near Fort Worth, TX.
Dr. Aparna Kotamarti is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Kotamarti attended Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and Osmania University and then went on to complete her residency at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Kotamarti (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Kotamarti is affiliated with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Her practice is open to new patients.
Dr. Amity Smith specializes in family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport.
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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.