Heath issues, like incontinence and malnutrition, that affect the elderly require specialized care to ensure long-term health and a high quality of life. At New Hope Specialty Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, Daniel Bauer, MD, offers compassionate, comprehensive medical care that focuses on the needs of geriatric patients. He provides advanced diagnostic and chronic disease management services to keep you in good health. Find out more about the advanced geriatric services available by calling the Charlotte office or using the online booking feature.

New Hope Specialty Clinic

Internists & Internal Medicine located in Charlotte, NC

Geriatric Medicine Q & A

New Hope Specialty Clinic

Which geriatric services are available?

At New Hope Specialty Clinic, you can receive a variety of geriatric-centered medical services that focus on the health and wellness of senior patients. These services include:

  • Incontinence
  • Memory problems
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Fall risk assessment
  • Weight loss and malnutrition

Dr. Bauer can also review your overall functional status and screen for common conditions like depression and environmental hazards.

What treatment options are available for incontinence?

As muscles surrounding the bladder and bowels begin to weaken with age, you may experience issues with incontinence, a loss of control that results in the leakage of urine or feces.

Dr. Bauer offers discreet and compassionate care for incontinence issues. He may recommend special exercises to increase the strength of your muscles and improve your bladder or bowel control.

If additional treatment is necessary, Dr. Bauer may recommend medication to reduce the occurrence of leaks. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair obstructions in the urinary tract or the bowels.

Dr. Bauer can also offer recommendations for effective over-the-counter products that provide protection from incontinence leaks, such as absorbent pads you can wear under your clothing.

Why do I need a fall risk assessment?

As you get older, existing medical conditions and age-related deterioration of your muscles and bones can lead to walking difficulties. These difficulties can increase your risk for falls, especially at home.

In elderly people, falls can cause broken bones, especially in the leg and the hip, which can lead to more serious medical complications. Dr. Bauer can perform a fall risk assessment as a preventive measure to prevent bone breaks and other medical issues.

What is malnutrition?

Malnutrition is a serious health concern for older people when their diet contains too little nutrients to promote good health. Elderly people are often at risk for medical complications that result from a poor diet due to other age-related issues, like:

  • Depression
  • Tooth loss
  • Restricted diets
  • Limited income
  • Limited access to food
  • Reduced social support

Dr. Bauer can review your current eating habits and evaluate your nutritional needs to help you maintain a healthy weight and enjoy good physical health. He can also create a healthy eating plan to prevent complications of malnutrition.

To discuss specific geriatric health concerns, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bauer online or by calling the Charlotte office directly.