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Geriatrics Specialist

Valley Medical Center

Adejoke Aina-Babalola, MD

Internal Medicine located in Brentwood, TN

When you’re an older adult, you need a medical doctor who knows how to handle complicated cases with complex issues; you may have multiple chronic diseases and take numerous medications. Board certified in both internal medicine and geriatrics, Dr. Adejoke Babalola specializes in helping older adults live as healthy as possible by promoting wellness and family support.

Geriatrics Q & A

What is geriatrics?

Geriatrics is a medical specialty that focuses on the care and treatment of older adults ages 65 and over, addressing the multiple needs that often trouble this population.

Through geriatrics, Dr. Babalola takes a whole-person approach to treatment. Not only does she focus on the physical ailments a person has, but she also takes into account their cognitive functioning and social interactions. By providing in-depth care, patients receive more continuity of care, better outcomes, and have all of their issues treated in one place.

What do geriatric doctors do?

Geriatric specialists like Dr. Babalola work with elderly patients to help maintain their quality of life and independence. In a thorough examination, your geriatric doctor evaluates your health and wellness and develops a treatment plan to slow down functional decline.

To create your customized plan, she may ask you questions about your health history and day-to-day living. She may also order tests, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise test
  • Colonoscopy
  • Stress test

Through this treatment plan, Dr. Babalola determines your needs and discusses the available options. She may meet with you, your family, or caregivers to talk about the process of aging and realistic expectations.

What benefits are there to seeing a geriatric doctor?

When you’re over the age of 65, you need a doctor who can handle complex medical conditions to make your later years more fulfilling. Dr. Babalola specializes in the care of aging adults and knows how to handle a variety of ailments that are common among seniors. These include:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Incontinence
  • Cognitive decline
  • Social interactions
  • Sensory perception issues

Dr. Babalola can also help with injury prevention and maintenance screening. She has experience counseling seniors on nutrition and exercise, as well as recognizing the signs of depression and other mental health issues common among the elderly.

Other areas that she can address through geriatric care include:

  • Sexual function
  • Frailty
  • Dexterity
  • Mobility

With Dr. Babalola’s medical expertise and guidance, aging can be done with grace. If you think a geriatric specialist may be right for you or your loved one, schedule your initial consultation online.

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