Geriatric Medicine Specialist

Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care

General Internal Medicine located in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

As you age, your health care needs naturally change. At Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care in the Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, Ahmar Butt, MD, Lalasa Valasareddi, MD, and the team practice geriatric medicine to meet every patient’s needs. Both providers are experienced in geratric services and work in nursing homes. To learn more about the available geriatric services, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Geriatric Medicine Q&A

What is geriatric medicine?

Geriatric medicine is a speciality within internal medicine that focuses on health care for older adults. Doctors with geriatric experience often provide clinical care in office and nursing home settings. 

Caring for geriatric patients in a setting where they feel comfortable promotes relaxation and allows doctors to provide a patient-centered approach to disease management and treatment.

How is geriatric medicine different from general medicine?

Geratric medicine addresses the unique needs of aging adults in a way that general medicine can’t. There are five major differences between older and younger patients:

Heterogeneity

Heterogeneity refers to the way older patients become increasingly different from their younger counterparts as they age. Older patients simply require more care on a regular basis because they’re progressively prone to both acute and chronic disease. They take more prescription medications, experience cognitive changes, and require more physical support.

Homeostenosis

Homeostenosis is the decreased ability to withstand stress and pressure with age. This makes older adults more susceptible to viruses, infections, and other ailments than younger patients.

Comorbidities

While younger patients may have one health concern to discuss with their doctor, older adults typically have more than one condition at the same time — known as comorbidities. 

Disease presentation

Diseases simply present differently in older adults. For example, a heart attack may feel more like a stomach ache that won’t go away rather than sudden chest pain.

Chronic disease

Geriatric patients often suffer from chronic conditions that last for six months or more. They’re more likely to schedule a doctor’s visit to discuss worsening symptoms instead of new ones.

Which services are included in geriatric medicine?

Patients over the age of 60 face unique challenges that the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance can manage and treat. Some common geriatric services that the team offers include:

Preventive care

Exercise, sleep, a healthy diet, and regular physical exams are crucial for aging adults. Geriatric preventive care can help relieve arthritis pain, manage hypertension, manage diabetes symptoms, and more.

Acute care

Aging adults are increasingly prone to infections, bone breaks, and lowered immune function. The team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance has the training and experience to address these health concerns as soon as they occur.

Chronic care

Chronic conditions like heart disease, incontinence, and osteoporosis require special care in older adults. That’s why the team prioritizes early intervention and routine chronic disease management.

To learn more about the geriatric services available at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance, call or schedule an appointment online today.