Geriatric Care - Seminole, FL
As we age, it becomes more important than ever to schedule regular appointments with a health care professional. We know how important it is for our patients to enjoy a healthy life while remaining independent. That's why our medical advice is always complemented by practical tips on helping you maintain the quality of your lifestyle.
Our physical examination regimen and wellness plans are as unique as our patients, but following is just a brief overview of some of the areas of elder care that we specialize in.
Coping with a Loss of Memory and Cognitive Function
Over time, our brains cells and the links between them begin to degenerate. If this process occurs too quickly it can lead to a condition known as dementia. Dementia is a broad topic that can describe a number of ailments such as a diminished ability to think, remember things, or make decisions. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's can begin as short term memory loss, but can eventually lead to disorientation, trouble speaking, and an inability to concentrate. It may even bring about changes in your personality.
There are a number of tests we can perform to help us identify a change in the neural impulses within your brain. These can range from neuropsychological testing to imaging technologies such as an MRI or CT scan.
There is no cure for Alzheimer's or most other forms of dementia, but there are ways to slow down the degeneration of brain cells. We can advise you on a number of intellectually stimulating exercises that may include speech therapy programs and engaging in social interactions.
Eyesight and Hearing Loss
There are four main types of age-related vision impairments:
- Glaucoma - a peripheral loss of vision
- Macular degeneration - center vision loss
- Diabetic retinopathy - spotty vision
- Cataracts - blurred vision
Any of these conditions can be a challenge to overcome, but with the help of a health care professional, none of them will keep you from doing the things you love. Our doctors can recommend assistive devices as well as changes that can be made within your home that will make it easier to perform everyday functions without the risk of falling or other injuries.
If you're dealing with a loss of hearing, we can not only refer you to an audiologist, but we can also teach you techniques that will give you the confidence to face your challenges head on or to ask for help when you need it.
Nutrition and Exercise
As with any point in your life, proper nutrition and regular exercise are essential in your elder years. Our diet plans include healthy eating suggestions and the correct balance of supplements to prevent conditions such as a loss of bone mass, hypertension, and constipation.
Our fitness programs focus on building up your strength, endurance, and flexibility. In addition to building up your muscles and tissues, the right exercise routine can also improve a variety of conditions. Some of them include:
- Improving your immune system
- Lowering your risk for heart disease and high blood pressure
- Preventing the loss of bone mass
- Encouraging digestive health
- Lowering the risk of dementia