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Geriatric Care Specialist

Daisy Manuel-Arguelles, DO

Family Practice Physician located in Sonoma, CA

Health needs change as you age, and finding the best possible care for older loved ones is important for many Sonoma, California, families. That’s why Daisy Manuel-Arguelles, DO, offers thorough and compassionate geriatric care as part of her family medicine services. She creates a customized treatment plan for each and every man and woman in her care and is skilled in providing the diagnostic and treatment services needed for senior care. Bring your loved one in for an exam and an overview of the geriatric services available from Dr. Manuel-Arguelles.

Geriatric Care Q & A

What is geriatric care?

No two people share the exact same set of health needs, regardless of their age. Dr. Manuel-Arguelles believes that the best way to approach health care is to evaluate the distinct health needs, goals, and lifestyle circumstances of every man and woman in her care. That allows her to determine the best way to address current health issues and also shape a healthier future.

In terms of geriatric care, physical exams and health screening is a central part of the process. Evaluating your emotional and social needs is also important, and can lead to improvements that can greatly increase your daily quality of life.

How has geriatric care changed over the years?

In the not-too-distant past, the expected path for men and women over the age of 70 was to slow down and prepare for increasing health issues and decreased independence. Today, there are many senior citizens who are pursuing new goals, earning college degrees, pursuing adventure travel, and taking on new career paths.

Old age is not what it used to be, but the effects that aging has on the human body can still pose a number of challenges. Today’s geriatric care focuses on zeroing in on the specific needs you or your loved one are facing. The focus will be different for everyone, which is why Dr. Manuel-Arguelles finds this area of her practice so rewarding.

What happens during geriatric care appointments?

A thorough physical exam and a discussion of your overall health is the central focus of your appointments. Dr. Manuel-Arguelles also reviews your current medications to ensure there is no risk of drug interactions, and that your prescriptions are still meeting your health needs.

You’ll also discuss any changes you’ve noticed since your last visit. This is the time to bring up any physical symptoms, as well as emotional or cognitive issues. Dr. Manuel-Arguelles uses that information to determine if additional screening is necessary.

It’s always a good idea to bring a close friend or family member in with you during geriatric care visits. It’s helpful to have a second person to write down information or ask follow up questions, and to help you make informed decisions about your care.

If you’d like to work with Dr. Manuel-Arguelles for your own geriatric care or that of a loved one, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.  

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