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Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
4107 W. Mercury Boulevard
Hampton, VA

Dr. Sharon Petitjean practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Hampton, VA and Newport News, VA. She is in-network for Medicaid insurance. Dr. Petitjean is a graduate of Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and a graduate of Riverside Family Medicine Residency's residency program. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Riverside Regional Medical Center.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
100 Emancipation Drive
Hampton, VA

Dr. Ramona Austin's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Austin completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
100 Emancipation Drive
Hampton, VA

Dr. Vincent Lee's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Suffolk, VA and Hampton, VA. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Sentara Obici Hospital, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and Hampton VA Medical Center. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Lee completed residency programs at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Optima Health are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee honors.

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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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