We found 4 geriatricians who accept Aetna Open Choice PPO near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Erin Leigh Baldwin, MS, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
2025 Soquel Center; 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Erin Baldwin's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Clinical interests for Dr. Baldwin include elder care. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Baldwin accepts. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Baldwin completed her residency training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group.

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Clinical interests: Elder Care

Dr. Naghmeh Pooya, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Naghmeh Pooya's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Pooya is conversant in Persian. Dr. Pooya's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Pooya is a graduate of The National University of Iran and a graduate of Easton Hospital's residency program. Dr. Pooya takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pooya is open to new patients.

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Dr. Christian F Negard, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue; 3rd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Christian Negard is a specialist in geriatrics (elderly care). He works in Santa Cruz, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: physiology, depression, and exercise. Dr. Negard's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Negard takes. Dr. Negard welcomes new patients. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Negard (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German.

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Clinical interests: Depression, Exercise, Elder Care, Physiology, Rehabilitation

Dr. William J Morris, MPH, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. William Morris is a hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Morris takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Morris is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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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