Gerontologists Near Me in Jennings, MO
What is Adult Gerontology?
Adult gerontology is a medical specialty that focuses on the healthcare of adults and the elderly. Providers who specialize in adult gerontology, known as adult gerontologists (or geriatricians), are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions that affect adults and older individuals, including chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, as well as age-related conditions like Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis. Adult gerontologists often serve as primary care physicians for adults and the elderly, providing ongoing care and coordinating their care with other medical specialists as needed.
What does an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner do?
Some things Gerontologists do include:
- Specialize in the healthcare of adults and older adults
- Diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions that affect adults and older individuals, including chronic diseases and age-related conditions
- Serve as a primary care provider for adults and the elderly, providing ongoing care and coordinating their care with other medical specialists as needed
- Conduct physical exams to assess patients' overall health and check for any abnormalities or symptoms of disease
- Order and interpret laboratory tests and imaging studies to help diagnose medical conditions
- Prescribe medications and other treatments to manage and treat medical conditions
- Monitor patients' progress and adjusts treatments as needed
- Educate patients on how to maintain and improve their health, including providing advice on diet, exercise, and managing chronic conditions.
The specific duties of an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioners may vary depending on the needs of their patients and the policies of the healthcare facility where they work. At Oak Street Health, our Adult Gerontology Physicians in Jennings, MO develop preventive care plans to help you achieve your physical and mental health goals. Get the care you deserve. Schedule an in-person, phone, or video visit with a trusted Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner today.
When should I see a Gerontologist?
Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioners (AGNPs) are trained to provide primary care services to individuals across the adult lifespan. They are specifically educated and equipped to care for elderly patients and older adults. AGNPs are able to provide comprehensive healthcare services including health maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of common acute and chronic conditions. The exact age range that an AGNP may care for can vary depending on the specific practice setting, scope of practice, and state regulations.
Does Medicare cover Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner services?
Medicare does provide coverage for services provided by Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioners (AGNPs). AGNPs are classified as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and are able to provide a wide range of healthcare services to Medicare beneficiaries. These services may include comprehensive assessments, medical consultations, diagnostic testing, treatment planning, and medication management. However, it is important to note that Medicare coverage for AGNP services may be subject to certain limitations and conditions, such as the requirement that services be medically necessary and within the scope of practice for AGNPs.
How do I find an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in Jennings, MO?
Call (888) 812-1183 to find an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in Jennings, MO and learn more about becoming a patient at Oak Street Health. You can also stop by your nearest center or fill out a become a patient form, and we'll be in touch.
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners in Jennings, MO
As we get older not only do we notice physical and biological changes, but also how cultural and social aspects also change in our life. Adult Gerontology is a discipline that studies all aspects of aging, including the psychological and social aspects of aging as well as the causes of age-related illnesses. At Oak Street Health, our Adult Gerontology specialists in Jennings, MO and supporting care team develop holistic healthcare plans to help you achieve your physical and mental health goals. Get the care you deserve. Schedule an in-person, phone, or video visit with a trusted Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner today.