George Hennawi, MD, director of Geriatrics, speaks with a patient at the Center for Successful Aging.
The aging process impacts every aspect of a person’s life—physical, mental and emotional—as well as the lives of family members and caregivers. As people age, they often see many healthcare providers for a variety of different conditions. They go from one appointment to another, seeing multiple doctors with little to no coordination of care. This can be frustrating and confusing—for both patients and their loved ones, too.
Patient-centered care for better long-term health
The Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of people experiencing age-related conditions. We provide patient-centered care—care that is comprehensive and coordinated among doctors, nurses, therapists, and other caregivers—all in one convenient location. These specialists partner with patients and their families to provide individualized “Life Plans”—treatment plans that evolve with the patient’s changing needs. This care also continues regardless of the type of setting the patient may require in the future—including home, hospital and long-term facilities. This makes us one of the few geriatrics programs in the region where the same experts treat patients regardless of the care setting they require.
Common age-related problems
Aging comes with its own challenges, which can be complicated and difficult to understand. The good news is that many problems and conditions that commonly affect the older adult are manageable or treatable, allowing them to lead fulfilling lives. Common age-related problems include:
- Confusion or memory problems
- Behavioral changes, including depression or anxiety
- Chronic medical conditions
- Decreased mobility
- Difficulty in performing daily activities
- Frequent falls
- Impaired vision or hearing
- Managing multiple medications
- Re-occurring or constant pain
- Slower reaction times
Customized care from a specialized team
The services we provide are based, in large part, on the needs and preferences of our patients and their families. They include:
- Primary care services, particularly for individuals with numerous health care needs
- Consultations for patients with specific geriatric conditions
- Co-management of care with primary care physicians for patients with multiple health issues who may benefit from a team approach
This care is provided by an integrated team with special training in caring for older adults. This team includes:
- Nurse practitioners
- Care coordinators
- Social workers
- Physical therapists
This team approach is led by a geriatrician—a physician who has specific expertise in diagnosing and treating conditions that commonly occur with aging. A care coordinator on each team—usually a geriatric nurse practitioner—serves as a navigator to ensure that patients receive the care they need while providing education, support and encouragement—for both patient and caregiver. This coordinated care follows the patient through transitions from home, hospital and other needed facilities, so caregivers can feel assured that all of a patient’s needs are being met.
Our collaborative approach to care
Patients new to The Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan receive a thorough health assessment to identify medical and functional issues and determine if they are at risk for other conditions. The needs of caregivers are an important consideration during this assessment.
Based on this assessment, an individualized “Life Plan” is developed to help patients and their caregivers manage medical conditions and encourage good health habits by providing recommendations for the best possible physical, mental and emotional health.
The entire care team works together to ensure consistent care for patients, following up with them on a regular basis, even at home, if patients are unable to come to us. If patients require specialty treatment, our geriatricians coordinate treatment and recovery plans with specialists, other caregivers, and the patient’s primary care physician, as well as the patient and patient’s family.
If you’re concerned about a family member, the geriatric specialists at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital can help. For a physician referral, call 443-444-4100.
Call Us Today
To find a geriatrician, call:
Center for Successful Aging
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Russell Morgan Bldg., Suite 502
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239
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Learn More About Successful Aging
Listen to Dr. George Hennawi talk about the Center for Successful Aging and what makes it unique.
Learn about Caregiver Resources
Watch Dr. Hennawi discuss available resources for caregivers. The presentation was featured at an event hosted by The AgingWell Hub, an initiative for providing health and wellness resources for seniors, caregivers and healthcare providers.