Center for Successful Aging Geriatric Services MedStar Good Samaritan Lila Shelton

Shirley Byron, with mother Lila Shelton

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The aging process impacts every aspect of a person’s life - physical, mental, and emotional - as well as the lives of their family members and caregivers. As people age, they see many healthcare providers for a variety of different conditions. Seeing multiple doctors with little or no coordination of care can be frustrating and confusing for both patients and their loved ones.

The Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of people experiencing age-related conditions, such as dementia or movement disorders. Geriatric syndromes have many causes and may involve more than one organ system, making them difficult to diagnose and treat. That’s why our team of geriatricians and geriatric healthcare providers is here for you. Our specialists can play an important role in diagnosing and managing symptoms caused by a multitude of geriatric syndromes.

Patients new to the Center for Successful Aging 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.

About the Center for Successful Aging

Center for Successful Aging
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Russell Morgan Bldg., Suite 502
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

Phone: 443-444-4720

Services Provided at the Center for Successful Aging

Our team of experts is here to provide patient-centered and coordinated care in one convenient location in Baltimore. The team meets regularly with patients and their families, collaborating to develop individualized treatment plans for each patients. Our team provides care for a variety of common age-related conditions, including:

  • Dementia
  • Confusion or memory problems
  • Behavioral changes, including depression or anxiety
  • Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes
  • Decreased mobility
  • Difficulty in performing daily activities
  • Frequent falls
  • Impaired vision or hearing
  • Managing multiple medications
  • Reoccurring or constant pain
  • Slower reaction times

The services provided at the Center for Successful Aging are based on the needs and preferences of our patients and their families. They include:

  • Primary care services, particularly for individuals age 65 and older 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:

  • Geriatricians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Care coordinators
  • Social workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Dieticians
  • 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 patients and their caregivers. 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.

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 the 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, please call 443-444-4100.

Location Information

Center for Successful Aging
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Russell Morgan Bldg., Suite 502
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

Center for Successful Aging
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
18101 Prince Phillip Drive
Olney, MD 20832