We found 25 geriatricians near Des Moines, IA.

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Robert L. Bender MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Average rating 4.35 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
Address: 1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50314
Michael P. O'Conner DO
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 1221 Pleasant Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Clinical Interests: stress testing, joint injections
Lisa M. Jansen A.R.N.P
Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 1221 Pleasant Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Clinical Interests: neurorehabilitation
Mrs. Kristi Lynn Vanleeuwen ARNP
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Oncology (Cancer Care), Hematology (Blood Disorders), Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 95 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
Christopher White MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 250 Laurel Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
Roy William Overton III DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 3600 30th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310
Anne Renee Lewis ARNP
Specializes in Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease), Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
Ben Arnold Collins Jr. D.O.
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 3600 30th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310
Joseph J. Ekstrand MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 1415 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
Robert D. Conner DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Average rating 1.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 603 E 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Paul B. Volker MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Average rating 4.83 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
Address: 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
Dr. Stephen Jeffrey Nickelburg
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 3600 30th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310
Lindsay M. Lewis ARNP
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 1540 High Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Paul L. Mulhausen MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 3509 E 29th Street, Des Moines, IA 50317
Mr. Maher Saegh M.D.
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Hospital Medicine (Hospitalist), Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
Alison D. Harrison NP-C
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
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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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