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As you age, you may need special care for your health. Geriatrics is a health field that’s focused on caring for seniors, generally aged 65 or older.

Geriatricians are healthcare professionals who specialize in caring for conditions that often affect older adults. You might need these services if you have a change in mobility, eating habits, mental status or behavior, or if you need coordinated care. The goal of senior care is to:

  • Improve health and quality of life
  • Prevent illness and injury
  • Help seniors maintain their independence

Use a patient centered approach by discussing your personal goals of care, including advance care planning

Convenient, compassionate care

The specialists provide care that’s close to home. The PeaceHealth team can connect patients to convenient screening services such as Alzheimer’s screenings. If long-term care, home care, or transition from one form of care to another is needed, the PeaceHealth team works with partner agencies to help connect you.

Seamless, integrated care

Providers work with specialists from many areas to design a treatment plan for you or your loved one. They join with doctors who specialize in:

You’ll benefit from having a dedicated, integrated team for the care you need.

Senior-friendly facility

Facilities are designed to meet the needs of older patients. Our clinic is on the first floor and the exam rooms accommodate family members, walkers and wheelchairs ramps.

Conditions We Treat

Balance issues

The risk of falls and other balance issues, such as gait imbalance, rises with age. Trauma related falls are one of the most common injuries older adults face.

Behavioral health (geriatrics)

There are some conditions, such as depression and anxiety, that can get worse when linked with other chronic health problems. Older adults who experience chronic pain, loss of body functions or other conditions may experience higher rates of mental health problems. 

Chronic health conditions (geriatrics)

Long-term conditions such as COPD, diabetes and high blood pressure should be monitored on a routine basis.

Eye problems (geriatrics)

Eye conditions can get worse with age. These include glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, dry eye, cataracts and other vision issues.

Hearing problems (geriatrics)

Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common conditions among older adults. It can occur in both ears at the same time because of age-related changes in the inner or middle ear.

Incontinence (geriatrics)

Urinary and fecal incontinence, which means losing control of the bladder or bowels is not a normal part of aging but can be very common. Disease or injuries can put you at risk for incontinence. Treatments can help you maintain bladder and bowel control. 

Memory disorders (geriatrics)

Some memory problems need to be managed with treatment. These conditions include Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) such as mild problems with memory, language and judgment can be diagnosed in its early stage to help improve outcomes. 

Orthopedic problems

Foot, ankle, back and neck conditions can limit how well you move. Some diseases, including arthritis, are more common in older adults. Osteoporosis causes the bones to become fragile, increasing the risk of broken bones even with minor falls. Joint pain can also affect quality of life.

Treatments Provided

Behavioral health services

Specially trained staff provide care for people with mental health or substance abuse disorders. We can also admit patients for inpatient behavioral health treatment at PeaceHealth or a partner hospital.

Diagnostics and imaging (geriatrics)

Diagnostic testing may help your doctor better understand your current medical conditions and may help future health problems. Your doctor may do lab tests and test your hearing and vision. Based on your condition, your doctor may suggest advanced imaging, such as x-rays, MRIs and CT scans. 

Evaluation and consultation

During your initial visit, your doctor will work with you to assess your condition. He or she may see problems that could limit your independence. These may include memory loss, medicine interactions, balance, mental health and sleep status.

Medicine management

Your treatment may include prescription or over-the-counter medicines to control your symptoms. Medicines may include pills, nasal sprays, inhalers and sinus rinses.

Medicine management (geriatrics)

This service makes it safer and easier to take your medications correctly and consistently. PeaceHealth also offers anticoagulation management for patients on warfarin.

Nutrition counseling

Diet and nutrition play an important role in helping you feel your best. Nutritionists will work closely with you to form an effective eating plan.

Nutritional counseling (geriatrics)
Pain management (geriatrics)

In some cases, you may need special services to help manage pain. These may include interventional pain procedures such as injections. PeaceHealth also offers palliative care that provides homebased or hospital-based comfort while illnesses or injuries are being treated.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation (palliative and long-term care)

Your care plan may include physical rehabilitation or occupational, speech or language therapy. These exercises and therapies, which can include respiratory therapy, help with strength and balance or feeding and swallowing.

Presurgery evaluations (geriatrics)

To learn if or when you need surgery, your doctor will do a presurgery evaluation. Your doctor will clear you for the procedure and work with the surgical team to account for any special needs or unique conditions. 

Primary care services (geriatrics)

PeaceHealth provides primary care that’s just for seniors. This includes vaccinations and care for routine illnesses. 

Social work (geriatrics)

Based on your needs, your provider can connect you with local resources. They can help address concerns you may have, such as staying independent.