Geriatric Care

Frisco Medical Center

Family Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Frisco, TX & Dallas, TX

Aging brings a new set of challenges for older people and their loved ones and caretakers. At Frisco Medical Center, board-certified family medicine doctors, Luis Palacios, MD, and Jessica Huerta, DO, MS, are experienced in treating the complex health issues affecting the elderly. Their goal is to help them live happy, healthy lives. To schedule a geriatric care appointment, call or click today.

Geriatric Care Q & A

What changes happen with age?

Your body undergoes a number of changes as you get older. While many of these changes are unavoidable, the good news is you can minimize their impact by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, simply knowing what to expect can make aging less stressful.

Examples of changes you can experience as you get older, include:

Cardiovascular

As you get older, your heart has to work harder to pump blood.

Bones and muscles

Your bones become weaker and your muscles lose strength, which can affect your coordination and balance and leave you more prone to fractures.

Memory

You may find yourself misplacing your keys, forgetting familiar words and names, and struggling to retain new information. These memory issues are a normal part of aging and don’t mean you have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Though the above are some examples of common changes, aging affects everyone differently. With Dr. Palacios’ help, you can continue to lead a happy, full life as you get older.

How can I prevent illness as I get older?

People age 65 and older are more likely to develop illnesses, such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and certain cancers. However, these illnesses are not an inevitable part of aging, and you can prevent or manage many of them by taking control of your health. As you get older, you should:

  • Pay close attention to your health
  • Participate in your care, including regular primary care visits
  • Undergo screenings and other preventive tests as recommended
  • Make physical activity part of your daily routine
  • Stay mentally active and involve yourself in regular social interaction
  • Eat a diet high in fiber and lean proteins and low in sodium and saturated fat
  • Quit smoking and limit alcohol to no more than one drink per day  

Dr. Palacios will guide you in creating a plan to stay healthy based on your unique needs.

What routine medical tests and screenings should seniors get?

Dr. Palacios may determine you need certain tests depending on your medical history. However, as a general rule, people over 65 should regularly receive:

  • Cancer screenings, including for colon cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer
  • Cardiac stress tests
  • Thyroid function tests
  • Lipid panels to test cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Vision and hearing exams
  • Mental status exam
  • Bone density exams
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Diabetes screenings if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, or are obese

To schedule a geriatric care appointment at Frisco Medical Center, call or click today.