Geriatric Services Specialist

Archana Shende, MD -  - Primary Care

Archana Shende, MD

Primary Care located in Anaheim, CA

As you age, your health needs start to change, and it’s essential that you have a physician who understands those changes and needs. At the office of Archana Shende, MD, in Anaheim, California, you can get comprehensive geriatric care, from preventive care to testing and effective treatments. With Dr. Shende’s help, you can achieve and maintain optimum health as you age. Book your appointment online or by phone now. You can also book a same-day appointment.

Geriatric Services Q & A

How often should I see the doctor for geriatric care?

Everyone is unique, so Dr. Shende will recommend a geriatric care schedule for you. Most healthy adults over age 65 need to have checkups at least once a year. If you suffer from chronic medical issues, you’ll likely need more frequent visits. 

In addition to your regular physicals, it’s important to see Dr. Shende promptly when you develop new injuries or illnesses. Treating illness or injury is especially important in your geriatric years because many seniors have weakened immune systems, reduced bone density, and other problems associated with an aging body. By treating problems early, you can often prevent them from causing permanent damage.

What are the most common health issues for geriatric patients?

Geriatric patients can be susceptible to many different conditions, including: 

  • Osteoporosis
  • Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate in men)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Cataracts
  • Pneumonia
  • Flu
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes

Of course, many other health problems could potentially affect you as you age. But, the good news is, Dr. Shende focuses heavily on preventive health, and she can help you avoid many of these problems.

How can I prevent illness and injury in my later years?

Dr. Shende can help you implement preventive measures to avoid injury and illness, some of which might include:

  • Cancer screenings
  • Immunizations, such as annual flu shots
  • Weight management
  • Healthy low-fat and low-sugar diet
  • Regular physical activity
  • Preventive medications

Older adults are far more likely to fall and injure themselves than their younger counterparts, which is why fall prevention is important. Dr. Shende can make personalized recommendations to help you avoid falls, broken bones, and difficult recoveries. You might need to make changes like using an assistive walking device, a shower chair, special footwear, or changing the flooring in your house to increase safety and prevent injury.

Although you’re more prone to injury and illness later in life, your health and wellness are still largely in your control. With Dr. Shende’s guidance and support, your senior years can be healthy, happy, and full of life. 

Use the online booking tool or call the office of Archana Shende, MD, to get help for geriatric health needs today.