Geriatrics

AP Health -  - Family Medicine

AP Health

Family Medicine located in Clifton, NJ

Although quality medical care is important at all phases of life, it’s especially crucial when you’re an older adult because you’re more vulnerable to injury and illness during your later years. At AP Health in Clifton, New Jersey, the dedicated team offers personalized geriatrics care to help you maintain peak wellness and enjoy life to the max. Use the online appointment scheduler or call the office for your appointment now.

Geriatrics Q & A

When do I need to start geriatrics care?

There’s no set age to begin geriatrics care, but the geriatric years are often loosely defined as age 65 and up. At AP Health, your doctor is the same one you’ve always relied on. That means there’s no need to suddenly change to a different doctor in your 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond. Your AP Health doctor understands your personal needs and your health history, so they’re uniquely suited to give you the best in geriatrics care. 

What are some common health issues for older adults?

As the body ages, certain problems are more likely, such as:

  • Dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory illness, including pneumonia and the flu
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Osteoporosis
  • Delirium (sudden confusion)
  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Broken bones from falls

Being of geriatric age doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll suddenly develop all of these health problems, but it does mean that your risk level is higher than before. As you enter your geriatric years, your AP Health physician will help you understand the risks so you can take preventive steps. 

How often should I have geriatric checkups?

It can vary by individual, depending on your current and past health needs. Many older adults see their AP Health physician for checkups twice a year, but you could need more frequent checkups. Of course, you should also see the doctor promptly for any new issues or changes in your health. 

How can I prevent injury and illness?

In your geriatric years, even a seemingly ordinary illness, like the flu, could quickly become severe enough to require hospitalization. In fact, the flu could even be deadly. But, if you follow your AP Health doctor’s preventive care recommendations, you can avoid some serious illnesses, including the flu.

Your AP Health doctor will recommend an immunization schedule for your needs. Usually, this includes yearly flu vaccinations, a shingles vaccination, and pneumococcal vaccination. 

Eating healthy, exercising regularly, and having good habits can go a long way towards helping you maintain health in your geriatric years. Making lifestyle changes to minimize your risk of falls is also important. 

Your AP Health team is here to help you through your geriatric years, so don’t be afraid to be honest, ask advice, and take support when you need it. Use the online booking tool or call the office to get geriatrics care now.