We found 4 geriatricians who accept Aetna Open Choice PPO near Santa Cruz, CA.
Dr. Erin Baldwin practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Baldwin's patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Baldwin include elder care. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Baldwin is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group.
Clinical interests: Elder Care
Dr. Naghmeh Pooya's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Pooya is conversant in Persian. Dr. Pooya's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Pooya attended medical school at The National University of Iran. Dr. Pooya's residency was performed at Easton Hospital. Dr. Pooya honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Pooya's practice is open to new patients.
Dr. Christian Negard sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Negard graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has a special interest in physiology, depression, and exercise. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Negard (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Negard is accepting new patients.
Clinical interests: Depression, Exercise, Elder Care, Physiology, Rehabilitation
Dr. William Morris specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Morris's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before completing his residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Morris attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Morris is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Morris takes. He has an open panel.
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.