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

Dr. Sharon Petitjean's medical specialty is family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She accepts Medicaid insurance. She studied medicine at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Petitjean completed a residency program at Riverside Family Medicine Residency. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Petitjean 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 accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Austin studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Austin trained at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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

Dr. Vincent Lee is an internist and geriatrician in Suffolk, VA and Hampton, VA. Dr. Lee obtained his medical school training at Eastern Virginia Medical School and performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. The average patient rating for Dr. Lee is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Optima Health. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Sentara Obici Hospital, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and Hampton VA Medical Center.

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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.