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Geriatric Medicine Unit
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Learn about primary care services provided by the Geriatric Medicine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.
We specialize in primary care of patients over the age of 65 with the goal of emphasizing preventive care and health maintenance, our physicians work in teams with nurse practitioners, social workers, case managers, geriatric psychiatrists and pharmacists. We are particularly interested in helping manage the challenges facing patients with multiple chronic conditions, functional limitations, cognitive impiarment and their families
We admit our patients to Massachusetts General Hospital where we are on staff as attending physicians. There are circumstances, like an emergency, when the ambulance will take you to the closest hospital for evaluation and stabilization. If appropriate and possible we would be happy to assist in your transfer to Mass General.
If you are admitted to Mass General, your Senior Health physician or member of our team will follow you during your hospital stay. If you are admitted by a specialist, such as a cardiologist, please notify us of your admission so that we can continue to follow you during your hospital stay. Mass General is a teaching hospital, and we are pleased to work in collaboration with physicians in training who will see you in addition to our staff.
Upon discharge from the hospital we request that you make a follow up appointment with your physician or our nurse practitioners. Please call us at 617-726-4600.
Our practice offers the expertise of a geriatric psychiatrist who works with our primary care physicians to diagnose and treat conditions such as depression, memory problems, dementia, anxiety, stress, coping with chronic disease and terminal illness. Services include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and consultation to the team.
Geriatric social workers are integral members of the team who work with patients, family members, and caregivers. Services include individual counseling for patients, caregiver support, and care coordination. Areas of discussion may include home health care, nursing home and assisted living options, caregiver stress, and coping with the emotional challenges of aging.
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