Geriatric Care Specialist

Dodd Family Practice

Angela G. Dodd, APRN

Family Practice located in Clinton, AR

Whether you’re caring for an older relative, or you’re advancing in years yourself, good geriatric care can make all the difference when it comes to physical and mental health. At Dodd Family Practice, Angela Dodd, APRN, has extensive experience helping her senior patients in Clinton, Arkansas, navigate the aging process, with an eye toward helping them lead happy and healthy lives. If you or a loved one requires geriatric care, call or book an appointment online to learn more.

Geriatric Care Q & A

What is geriatric care?

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, geriatric care isn’t what it once was. This generation is full of active adults who don’t want age to stop them from enjoying the activities they love most. So, instead of settling in for the aging process, geriatric care is far more centered around quality of life issues that include physical, mental, and social considerations.

At Dodd Family Practice, Angela Dodd understands the importance of proactive and holistic geriatric care, which allows her patients more freedom, and more options, as they age. Taking a preventive approach, rather than a reactive one, Dodd is able to set you up for the most active and healthy life possible during your later years.

What are the most common geriatric problems?

As you age, the wear and tear on your body becomes more evident and also makes you more susceptible to injury and disease. In fact, 92% of seniors have one chronic disease and 77% have two. The most common medical issues among the older population are:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative conditions, such as osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety
  • Accidents and injury, especially falling
  • Malnutrition

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it’s a good cross-section of the myriad issues that people face as they age.

What if I need a specialist?

Though Angela Dodd makes every effort to diagnose and treat your problems, there are times when you may require more specialized care. In these cases, Dodd works with you to find the best possible option. As your primary care provider, she is an integral part of your care, providing essential background information and ensuring that any medical needs outside of the problem at hand are met.

How often should I seek care?

There’s no definitive answer to this question since it depends entirely on your health and what crops up. Outside of your annual physical exam, Dodd is available to see you to address any medical concerns you may have.  As well, if you’ve developed a chronic condition, such as diabetes, Dodd will want to see you more often for close monitoring.