This blog is for people who want to be proactive about helping their aging loved ones get the healthcare they need, and avoid the care they don’t need.
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Through this blog, you can learn how geriatricians — specialists in medical care for aging adults — help aging adults and families with common late-life health problems. These include memory issues, falls, medication safety, and much more.
I’m a doctor board-certified in internal medicine and in geriatrics, and I’ve been practicing geriatrics since 2006. After I finished my clinical training at UCSF, I spent a few years researching how to improve healthcare for aging adults. I am still a Clinical Instructor in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics.
I used to study healthcare quality measures (e.g. the things we might grade doctors on). But once I realized how many people are looking for health information online, I switched to writing about geriatrics for the general public.
For a while I combined primary care practice with working part-time as a writer and editor for a caregiving website. I was also the site medical director for my primary care clinic, where I oversaw quality improvement projects. In 2012 I launched my own solo part-time geriatric consultation practice in the Bay Area. I did this in order to have more time to focus on my main interest, which is helping families and others learn about geriatrics.
I started the Geriatrics for Caregivers Blog in June of 2013, because I believe family caregivers need opportunities to learn more about what we know and do in geriatrics. After all, it’s family caregivers like you who are often the most important members of an older person’s health team.
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