Ask Dr. Q – Winter 2024

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“Ask Dr. Q.” gives OurSeniors readers a chance to get expert answers to specific senior-related health questions. Dr. Steven Quaning is Medical Director and Chief Physician at Metro Health, a network of medical practices dedicated to senior care. He is Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine, medical care specifically aimed at seniors.

In our “Ask Dr. Q” feature, readers have an opportunity to get answers to specific senior medical questions. Here are some examples-

Q? Are families and friends important in providing geriatric care? Should they leave that care to medical professionals alone?


Answer- Families and friends are not important in the care of seniors, they are essential! Geriatricians provide comprehensive, holistic care that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of aging. This “whole person” care is much more difficult if families are not involved or present. Physicians treating seniors must consider the effect of aging on mood and behavior as well as standard “doctor things” like blood pressure or body temperature. Only families or close friends can give the attention and care needed to fill this need.

An important part of Dr. Q’s geriatric training came long before he entered medical school. As a young boy, he served as a caregiver for his grandfather; he learned from this experience. Now, he is one of the relatively few physicians who are board certified in geriatrics, the care of seniors.

Q? Between us, my wife and I have 11 different doctors- ophthalmologists, rheumatologists, endocrinologists, etc., etc. Does it really make sense to add a gerontologist?

Answer- Yes! A gerontologist is a general physician to seniors, specializing in the care of older adults. They are trained to manage numerous chronic conditions that affect seniors. These conditions require complex, coordinated treatment plans. The medications and treatments prescribed by different doctors can interact with each other in unexpected ways.

Gerontologists are trained to communicate effectively with older patients and their families, overseeing comprehensive care that addresses the physical, mental, social, and emotional aspects of aging. They cooperate with other health professionals to integrate the services and treatments seniors need. The aim is not to treat one specific problem, but to produce the best outcome for senior patients.

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