Geriatric Care

Pickett Family Medical Ctr

Family Practice located in The Colony, TX

Caring for the oldest members of The Colony, Texas community is a major focus at Pickett Family Medical Center. The practice specializes in geriatric care by using a personalized, holistic approach to working with older patients on the medical, physical, and mental challenges of aging. If you’re seeking a geriatric-preferred doctor for your medical care, call today or schedule a visit online.

Geriatric Care Q & A

What is geriatric care?

Geriatric care is medical care for patients who are over the age of 65. Although many patients over 65 are quite healthy and active, a doctor needs to begin checking for medical conditions that become more common as patients age.

The level of care offered to older patients needs to be more holistic and personalized to help the doctor and the patient detect small changes that might be a sign of larger medical issues.

The goal of geriatric care at Pickett Family Medical Center is to keep older patients healthy so they can remain as active and healthy as possible.

How is geriatric care different from other medical care?

As you age, your healthcare needs change — it becomes more likely to experience issues with heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, or many other conditions. In fact, more than half of American over age 65 suffer from three or more of these medical problems.  

Geriatric care means your doctor at Pickett Family Medical Center focuses more on these medical issues, as well as managing the various medications involved with treatment — medications for one health problem can make another worse.

The Pickett Family Medical Center team tests for treatable illnesses that are common amongst older patients but often go undiagnosed, such as instability, urinary incontinence, pain, malnutrition, vision loss, and hearing loss.

What kinds of conditions are common for geriatric patients?

The most common medical conditions amongst those over age 65 are:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Prostate cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Side effects of medications commonly taken for these conditions

All patients over age 65 receive additional testing and spend time speaking with the doctor to diagnose these conditions as early as possible.

The team at Pickett Family understands that spending time with older patients is important in order to hear and address their concerns.

This compassion and patience are what set this team apart. Pickett Family Medical Center knows that just as no two patients are the same, neither are their needs. Every patient, older patients included, deserves care that’s customized to their circumstances.

Schedule a geriatric care appointment at Pickett Family Medical Center by calling the office or booking online.