Geriatric Specialist

Holvik Family Health Center

Family Medicine Practice & Medical Aesthetics Specialists located in Visalia, CA

Nearly half of all older adults have two or more chronic health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Preventive health care is important for all adults, but it takes on more urgency as aging makes you more likely to have chronic problems. The team at Holvik Family Health Center care about helping you prevent future problems, properly managing existing problems, and protecting your wellness. Call their office in Visalia, California, or schedule an appointment online for a routine wellness exam.

Geriatric Q & A

Why is routine preventive health care so important for older adults?

The care you receive during a routine checkup at Holvik Family Health Center focuses on several aspects of your health: prevention, management, and connection.

Getting a yearly exam means your health team can detect and treat potential problems at an early stage. They also make sure that existing health problems are properly managed.

You may not think of an annual exam as a time to connect, but that’s one of the most important parts of meeting with the team at Holvik Family Health Center. When you go in for a checkup, you have time to ask questions, and they have time to talk.

What services will you receive at a geriatric wellness exam?

A geriatric wellness exam consists of screening for common health problems, including:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease

The team checks your overall health, including your skin, and makes sure you’re up-to-date with recommended immunizations.

They help you manage any chronic disease you may have, teaching you steps to stay healthy. If you have a condition like arthritis or lower back pain — any health issue that causes chronic pain and limits your ability to move — they’ll work with you to find ways to relieve pain and keep you active without strong medications.

What specialized geriatric services can you receive?

The family specialists at Holvik Family Health Center treat every aspect of your health and wellness, so they provide services such as:

Nutritional assessment

Many older adults are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, which weakens their immune system, deprives them of energy, and increases their risk for diseases like anemia and osteoporosis.

Medication management

Your medications are important, but you could be at risk for side effects and drug interactions if you take multiple medications prescribed by different doctors. The team at Holvik Family Health Center protects your health by coordinating your care and monitoring your medications.

Cognitive health assessment

If you experience confusion or memory lapses, Dr. Holvik can assess the problem, rule out underlying health conditions or medications as possible causes, and develop an individualized treatment plan.

Ability to perform daily tasks assessment

It’s important to talk about whether you struggle to perform daily tasks like cooking and shopping. The team can assess why you have trouble, develop a therapy plan to help you improve, and help you find supportive care if necessary.