As you age, your personal health needs change and evolve. By finding a doctor who specializes in geriatric medicine, you can ensure you’re receiving age-appropriate treatment designed to keep you healthy and independent for as long as possible.
Dr. Michael Basch at Talia Medical Group in Temecula, California, is passionate about geriatric medicine and specializes in health prevention and maintenance in the aging population. He takes the time to understand your concerns and goals, and he designs customized treatment plans to support your well-being. To learn more, schedule an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Family medicine, primary care, and internists can provide primary care for geriatric patients, but it’s important to select a doctor who is passionate about health and aging. As you age, your preventive health needs change; some additional tests are recommended while others cease to be important. Additionally, a primary goal of healthcare for an aging population is maintaining mobility and independence for as long as possible. Geriatric doctors assess and support the whole person to promote independence.
Geriatric patients are those who are 65 or older.
Yes. We accept Medicare and most other health insurance. You can contact our office in advance to ensure your insurance is accepted here so that you can make financial plans for your medical care.
Geriatric patients should continue to schedule a physical once per year. During this time, blood tests and other screenings are performed along with a physical examination and a complete medical history. The purpose of your annual physical is to detect and prevent health problems before complications occur.
Because Dr. Basch is focused on you as a whole person and not just a patient or a diagnosis, he assesses the following during your exam:
- The current state of any conditions you have
- Your mood and mental status
- Any memory problems you’ve been experiencing
- Decline or changes in function
- Your current medications and compliance
- Any recent fallsYour vision and ophthalmic health
- Your hearing
- Your ability to get around
If he detects any problems, he’ll provide you with more information and may order further treatment or diagnostic testing. In some cases, he might recommend changes to your home or the use of medical equipment.
Dr. Basch is qualified to treat patients suffering from multiple chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and more.
Many patients are uncomfortable talking about sensitive subjects like memory loss, incontinence, falls, and sexual health. Dr. Basch is sensitive to your needs and wants you to feel comfortable discussing your concerns with him. There is never judgment; only an effort to fully understand and help. If you have difficulty discussing these issues, consider writing a list before you come, instead.