Geriatric Medicine

Discover Health

Integrative Family Medicine & Naturopathic Doctors located in North Beach, San Francisco, CA & San Mateo, CA

If you’re a senior who has complex medical conditions or takes multiple prescription medications, you need a doctor specially-trained in handling these cases. At Discover Health, located in San Francisco’s North Beach, Internist Dr. Clifford Sewell is just such a physician. He specializes in geriatric medicine and can help you maintain your quality of life and independence. Call to schedule your appointment or book it easily online now.

Geriatric Medicine Q & A

What is geriatric medicine?

Geriatric medicine is a specialized medical practice that focuses on the unique needs of senior adults, typically those 65 and older. Seniors often have multiple issues that can complicate treatment and care.

As part of his geriatric practice, Dr. Sewell sets treatment goals to optimize your physical health and maintain independence and quality of life, while preventing injuries.

At Discover Health, Dr. Sewell takes a multidimensional approach to addressing the needs of his geriatric patients. Addressing all his patients’ needs, he inquires and works to improve their:

  • Physical health
  • Cognitive function
  • Social interactions
  • Quality of life

What tests do geriatric patients need?

Dr. Sewell provides a full range of geriatric testing and screening to help keep you as healthy as possible and slow any functional decline.

During your first appointment, he completes a comprehensive physical examination and reviews your health history. He also asks you a range of questions regarding your daily activities, how you feel, and what your life is like.

Dr. Sewell recommends a variety of tests and screening procedures, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise test
  • Colonoscopy
  • Non-stress stress test

Based on the results of these tests, he develops an individualized treatment plan to address your specific issues. This treatment plan may include education and counseling, as well as medications, exercises, and diet restrictions. Sometimes, Dr. Sewell may address the lack of social interactions in the treatment plan and suggest activities appropriate for seniors.

In some cases, family and caregivers may also have a role in treatment planning.

Who should see a geriatric medicine specialist?

Dr. Sewell recommends that anyone over the age of 65 see a geriatric medicine specialist, especially if they have multiple chronic conditions or are taking more than three prescription medications.

Beyond being able to handle complex medical conditions, Dr. Sewell has vast experience in diseases and conditions common in the elderly, including:

  • Incontinence
  • Cognitive decline
  • Mobility issues
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sensory perception issues: Including difficulty seeing and hearing

Dr. Sewell talks to his geriatric patients about the importance of nutrition and exercise and helps them establish healthy habits. He’s also trained to recognize mental health issues common among seniors, like depression.

If you’re looking for a doctor who can help you maintain the quality of life you’re used to as you age, contact Dr. Sewell at Discover Health. Call the office today or book your appointment online.