Geriatrics

Jose L. Valdez, MD -  - Family Practitioner

Jose L. Valdez, MD

Family Practitioner located in Santa Ana, CA

Geriatrics centers on caring for men and women in later stages of life. Dr. Jose L. Valdez believes the hallmark of geriatric care comprises three components: compassion, time, and appropriate lifestyle changes. He spends time with geriatric patients at his practice in Santa Ana, California, and instills that lifestyle changes, such as optimal nutrition and stress-reduction are especially important as you age. For the highest standard of geriatric care, call the office to make an appointment.

Geriatrics Q & A

What is geriatric care?

Geriatrics involves diagnostics, preventive care, and treatments to improve the health of seniors. Dr. Valdez specializes in providing personalized, comprehensive care for seniors and the aging population.

Seniors may have health complications that increase the complexity of their medical care, such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis.

What are the health complications associated with aging?

Certain health complications are associated with aging.

Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes, a condition that occurs when there’s too much sugar in your bloodstream, more commonly affects older adults. Your pancreas secretes insulin, the hormone to regulate your blood sugar and stores it in your cells to use for energy.

Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use it properly. According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 25% of Americans over age 60 have diabetes.

Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is also more common in the aging population. Long-term high blood pressure can lead to complications such as heart disease.

Heart disease

Aging can cause changes in your blood vessels and heart. Over time, blood vessels and valves can thicken and stiffen, causing complications like angina (chest pain from temporarily reduced blood flow to the heart muscle), coronary artery disease, and abnormal heart rhythms.

Depression

Men and women can experience depression later in life. Healthy lifestyle changes, counseling, and other effective treatment methods can help to alleviate depression.

Dementia

Dementia is a chronic disorder caused by brain disease or injury. The most common symptoms of dementia are memory loss, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.

What are the benefits of geriatric care?

Geriatric care is specialized, and an experienced provider like Dr. Valdez is highly adept at treating the health risks associated with aging and the unique healthcare needs of seniors. Seniors often require even more time with their doctors to cover their multiple conditions. Dr. Valdez is ever committed to spending the appropriate amount of time with his senior patients.

In many cases, a geriatric patient develops a life-long patient-doctor relationship with a provider like Dr. Valdez, who they feel comfortable and familiar with.

You and your family members deserve quality medical care through every phase of life. Call the office to inquire about geriatric care.

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