Geriatrics

Who Are We?

Padma Surapaneni MD received her Medical Degree at Bangalore University, India in 1991. She completed an Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Padma Surapaneni is the first Fellowship trained Geriatrician to practice in Austin.

Chris Holland RN FNP has over 23 years of experience in the nursing profession. She is an Advanced Practice Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner with postgraduate nursing credentials. Her major emphasis and experience is in adult geriatric care.

Services

Office Services
New Patient Evaluation
Ongoing Care
Consultations
Preventive Medical Services
Exams for Special Services
Counseling
Eligibility limited to patients with Medicare Parts A & B

Hospital Care
Admissions
Consultations
Coordination of Hospital Discharges for Optimal Recovery
Eligiblity available under select medical plans – please contact us for details

Nursing Facility Care
New Patient Evaluations
Ongoing Care
Diet Pills
Annual Exams
HGH Supplements
Periodic Visits in Accordance with State and Federal Regulations
Close Coordination of Care with the Nursing Facility Team
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Effective Communication with:
Patients & Families
Consultants
Home Health Agencies
Hospice Agencies
Assisted Living Facilities

What Is Geriatrics?

Geriatrics is a branch of internal medicine targeted on eldercare. It primarily means the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of different medical conditions in elder adults. Elder adults are actually people who are 65 years old and older. However, it should be noted that the majority of people don’t require geriatrics assistance till they are in their 70s or even 80s.

Geriatrics is focused not only on the physical aspect of aging. It is also concerned in all changes which happen in psychological and sociological fields of elder adults’ life.

Who Is Geriatrician?

A geriatric doctor, also called geriatrician, is a medical professional who is involved in providing a health care for people over 65 years old. They belong to the internal medicine doctors or family physicians, who must also complement their medical expertise with training in realms interconnected with elderly care.

Also, geriatricians often have to acquire additional competence in combating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, mobility disorders, dementia, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis.

Geriatric doctors can both consult the patients in clinics or hospitals and ensure care of elderly people in assisted living facilities.

What Are the Tasks of Geriatricians?

The tasks of geriatricians are far not limited to the provision of just medical care to seniors. These doctors put much emphasis to the maintenance of satisfactory quality of life in elderly.

Geriatricians devote much time to carrying out an in-depth study of the elder adults’ medical history in order to understand how previous medical conditions are related to the current state of health.

These doctors find out whether elder people get social and emotional aid from family and friends. Geriatric specialists determine whether their patients live in the elderly-friendly environment and how this environment influence on their quality of life.

The other important tasks of geriatricians include:

  • Preparation of crucial healthcare guidelines and recommendations
  • Management and supervision over the intake of all medications and supplements including the fat burners and other natural remedies
  • Close cooperation with the doctors from other medicine fields if the patients have underlying conditions
  • Provision of palliative and end-of-life physical support and psychological assistance

Depressive Disorders in Geriatrics

Geriatric depression is classified as a psychological condition that afflicts the elderly people. It doesn’t give a rise to concern if the older person feels sad or mopes from time to time just like any other person of any age. But if this mental state is continuing for quite a long time, it doesn’t mean that this is a norm during the aging process. And this situation requires a close attention of geriatricians.
The elderly people are more susceptible to be diagnosed with subsyndromal depressive disorder. This disorder may not include all the symptoms of a major depressive disorder. However, subsyndromal depressive disorder may further develop into major depressive disorder if it remains unattended by geriatricians.
The older person who suffers from a depressive condition is experiencing the constant worsening of life quality. Due to this, the diseases which the older individual has due to the aging process may drastically aggravate, the communication with family members becomes difficult, the life duration dramatically decreases, and the likelihood of suicide considerably grows.
The depressive disorder in geriatrics in not always a simple task to detect and diagnose. Such a condition demands highly competent geriatric treatment and adequate older adult’s care. Geriatricians shouldn’t underestimate the problem of depressive conditions in the elderly adults.
Geriatricians along with psychologists will choose the most appropriate treatment method which may include the prescription medication intake, lifestyle changes, and various types of therapies. Thus, the older people may successfully fight depressive disorders when combining pharmaceutical therapy with art therapy and psychotherapy.

Geriatric Medicine for Athletes

When a person reaches the age that refers to geriatrics, it doesn’t mean that such a person should stop taking testosterone supplements and refuse from sports activities, especially the professional ones. Geriatric athletes experience the same negative effects of the aging process such as sarcopenia, osteoporosis as well as gait and balance issues as the elderly people who are not the athletes.
Competent screening, intake of high-quality carb blocker pills by the overweight older adults, and timely preventive measures are advisable to the geriatric athletes in order to protect them against osteoporosis development, muscle weakness, and hip fractures.
There is a range of exercise programs which are especially recommended to the geriatric athletes. These training patterns have to consist of the exercises for flexibility, balance, and lower body weight-bearing. This will assist the geriatric athletes in keeping pelvis and hip as healthy and strong as possible. Such exercises will enable the aging athletes to avoid falls and hip fractures and hence protect themselves against serious and even life-threatening complications of such injuries.

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