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, and am proud to be a graduate of Princeton University, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
I used to do research on healthcare quality measures (e.g. the things we might grade doctors on). But once I realized how many family caregivers are looking for health information online, I switched to writing about health and aging.
After completing my research training and MPH, I combined primary care practice with working part-time as a writer and medical editor for Caring.com. I was also the site medical director for the Over 60 Health Center, 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 older adults learn to manage late-life health challenges.
I started the Geriatrics for Caregivers Blog in June of 2013, because I really like writing practical information for caregivers, and I believe geriatricians should help teach the public what we know and do in geriatrics.
The site was renamed Better Health While Aging in January of 2016, to reflect a broader mission of serving older adults, families, and all who have an interest in aging health.
I do continue to have a special interest in family caregivers, especially those who are assisting aging parents, and have offered a variety of Helping Older Parents online programs since 2018. I also published a book, “When Your Aging Parent Needs Help: A Geriatrician’s Step-by-Step Guide to Memory Loss, Resistance, Safety Worries, & More,” in 2021.
I hope to continue to grow Better Health While Aging as a source of education and support for older adults and their families. I would love to eventually offer more online courses or even “mini med school” material in geriatrics, for those caregivers and others who want to learn more about the many, many things that can be done to optimize health and wellbeing of aging adults.
I also blog about geriatrics and new technologies, at GeriTech.org.
Thank you for visiting this site. I hope you find it useful.