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Dr. Peter S Holt, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4440 Broadway Street
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Peter Holt is a Kansas City, MO physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His clinical interests include aging and dementia. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Holt attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Holt is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Clinical interests: Dementia, Aging

Dr. Christine M Sankpill, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO

Dr. Christine Sankpill works as a hospitalist and geriatrician. Dr. Sankpill takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's East Hospital.

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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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