Geriatric medicine is a sub-specialty of internal medicine concerned with the health and well-being of older adults. Geriatric doctors specialize in diagnosing, managing, and treating diseases and disorders that affect elderly patients. As people age, medical care becomes more complex. It’s common for seniors to have several ailments that affect multiple systems. It’s also common for older adults to take multiple medications—hence, the need for the separate discipline of geriatric medicine. A geriatrician is trained to deal with overlapping conditions, particularly disorders that might be unique to older adults, and to prescribe treatment that lowers the risk of interactions and complications.
We try to focus on conditions specific to aging, including geriatric assessment and rehabilitation, preventive medicine, management of patients in long-term care settings, and psycho-social, ethical, legal, and economic issues pertinent to geriatric patients. We give special attention to situations of special concern, including falls, incontinence, preoperative assessment and postoperative management, cerebrovascular disease, dementia, sensory impairment, and other cognitive and affective changes that occur with aging.
At WeCARE Medical Office, Dr. Valenzuela's goal is to help seniors achieve healthy aging. She diagnoses, treats, and manages diseases and conditions that require a special approach for aging patients. She is responsible for managing all of your healthcare needs. This includes coordinating surgeons, gyne-cologists, and other physicians to help solve complicated problems in diagnosis and treatment. We coordinate patient care where needed, whether it is in the office, hospital, intensive care unit, or nursing home.