Hello and welcome to this blog about geriatrics for caregivers.
I’m Leslie Kernisan, and I’m a geriatrician with a particular interest in enabling family caregivers to better manage the health needs of their older loved ones.
Through my Bay Area geriatrics consultation practice, I work closely with families and geriatric care managers, to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults.
But, I’d like to be able to help even more older adults get better medical care. (This in large part because I have a wonky health policy and quality improvement background, and I love to think about how we as a society and healthcare system can take better care of our aging population.)
So I’m starting this blog, in order to share tips and advice on better medical care for elders with as many caregivers as care to visit the blog.
From personal experience, and because I worked with a caregiving website for five years, I know that lots of family caregivers have questions and concerns about the health and wellbeing of their loved ones. And I know that often doctors don’t have the time, interest, or expertise to provide the guidance and information that caregivers need.
My hope is that this blog will help compensate for the existing – and growing – shortage of geriatricians. (Currently in the U.S. we have 4 geriatricians per 10,000 people aged 75+.)
In this blog, I’ll try to share what I know about managing common health problems that affect older adults. I’ll offer suggestions on how to bring up common concerns with primary care doctors and other clinicians. I’ll try to write out the kind of practical advice that I’ve found myself repeating to my patients and families over and over when I see them in person.
And, since I have a special interest in how new technologies can help us care for aging adults, I’ll occasionally blog about tech tools that might be helpful to caregivers.
Last but not least, I hope this blog will allow me to learn still more from caregivers themselves, who have already taught me so much over the years.
I could go on about what I’m hoping to do with this blog, but I think it would probably be better for me to just get right to it and start trying to share useful information.
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I have a long list of topics and ideas for this blog, most of which come from the medical problems that I see affecting elders and caregivers over and over again.
Once the blog gets going, I’ll work on organizing the tips and content into topic areas, and hope that caregivers and others will contribute their wisdom.
In the meantime, if you have any particular medical or healthcare questions related to older adults, please feel free to post it below. Or you can email your question to me at info [AT] drkernisan [DOT] net.