Health care needs often become more complex with age. It’s generally unavoidable. At UNC Health Care’s Geriatrics Specialty Clinic, we have a team of geriatricians ready to help you remain as healthy, independent and active as possible. We are here to make sure you maintain the highest possible quality of life. We see patients over the age of 60, who have few or multiple medical conditions.
Your primary provider and specialist
Geriatrics is a unique specialty since geriatricians must be board certified in primary care (internal medicine or family medicine) and geriatrics. The benefit to you, the patient, is that you receive both the long term-relationship of a primary care physician and the expertise of a specialist. Geriatricians manage your care and collaborate with other specialists when needed.
Our team also includes a geriatrics social worker to connect you and your family to the resources you need, a geriatrics-trained doctor of pharmacy who manages our Coumadin Clinic and helps you with your medications, a geriatrics nurse practitioner and a physical therapist.
Conditions we treat
Though we treat a wide range of conditions, here are some of the more common:
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Fecal Incontinence
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Imbalance and Falls
- Neurological Problems
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Sleep Problems
- Thyroid Disorders
- Urinary Incontinence
- Walking/Gait Disorders
Many of our patients experience one or more of these conditions. Our physicians are experts in how various conditions and medications impact each other and how multiple conditions affect your long-term health.
Patients have consistently rated the Geriatrics Specialty Clinic among the top five UNC clinics for more than two years.
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