The Center for Healthy Aging is an outpatient program. Our goal is to optimize the quality of life for older adults, their caregivers, and family members. Our programs include:
A comprehensive evaluation of the older adult by a team of health care professionals specializing in geriatrics (care of the older adult).
Since your health represents a combination of many complex factors, your Geriatric Assessment will gather information about health habits, lifestyle and living arrangements, home safety, and other aspects of your life. Social workers or nurses from the Geriatric Assessment team will examine these issues with you.
A geriatrician (a physician specializing in the care of the elderly) or geriatric nurse practitioner will conduct your physical examination, which includes a complete health history for you and your family.
Following your physical examination and information gathering, the physician may order additional tests, blood work or x-rays. These may be conducted immediately following your examination.
Sometimes patients need to be assessed due to mental status changes observed by family and friends. It may be noticed that the patient is not keeping up with hygiene, bills, keeping the home clean and eating properly. This may be due to an illness or perhaps there is a change in the person’s cognition. There may be times when the person seems confused. When this happens, it is important to address the concerns and see someone who can do a proper evaluation. Our geriatrician physicians are very familiar with this assessment and will gladly have an appointment made to address the issue.
Many times an attorney may ask to have a capacity evaluation done if there is concern that the person may not be legally able to sign documents because they are not thinking clearly or they do not understand what is going on. This is also a situation when a capacity evaluation is valuable.
If you have questions about this assessment, please contact us at 908-788-6373 to discuss an appointment for an evaluation.
Faint and Fall Program
We are the first dedicated multi-specialty center for patients suffering from faints and falls in Hunterdon County. Seeing multiple physicians over an extended period of time can cause anxiety, unnecessary tests, and risks of injury or hospitalization while you wait for proper treatment.
The Faint and Fall specialists use recommended guidelines to order only the most appropriate tests for you, resulting in fewer unnecessary procedures, a much shorter time to diagnosis, and increased peace of mind. Our comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of fainting and falling helps to reduce your risk of a faint or fall-related injury and prevent expensive inpatient hospital stays.
If you’ve had an episode of unexplained fainting or falling, you might be concerned that it could happen again at any moment. There are many possible reasons for fainting and falling, including cardiac conditions, neurological causes, metabolic disorders and even stress.
We are located at:
Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates
1100 Wescott Drive, Suite G3
Flemington, NJ 08822
Call 908-788-1710 today to make an appointment.
“The Aging Experience”
Sensitivity training for the professional and non-professional caregiver. Participants learn and “feel” what it is like to be aged.
At Hunterdon Medical Center:
- Caregivers Support Group
- Alzheimer’s & Related Dementia Caregiver Support Group
For more information, please call 908-237-2364.
If your club or organization would like to host a presentation on a health topic or issue, please contact our Speaker’s Bureau to make arrangements.
S. Shekar Chakravarthi, MDPrimary Care Physician
Varun Doddapaneni, MDInternal Medicine
Larisa Golub, MDPrimary Care Physician
John Heath, MDGeriatric Physician
Rachana J. Kothari, MDInternal Medicine
Saritha Mathew, MDGeriatric Physician
Renuka Tunuguntla, MDInternal Medicine
John S. Waters, MDPrimary Care Physician
Hedy S. Sferra, DNP, NP-CAdvanced Practice Nurse
Additional Staff & Specialists
Marsha Goldstein, LCSWSocial Work Coordinator
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