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Our  board certified physicians in internal medicine and family medicine are specially trained to meet the health and psychosocial needs of seniors. Trained to address the complex chronic and acute health conditions that come later in life, our providers work together, bringing a personal, multidisciplinary approach to care.

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Free annual wellness visits through Medicare

Annual well visits are more important than ever before. We strongly encourage seniors to schedule an annual wellness visit (AWV).  This is not a physical exam, but a one-on-one discussion that is covered by Medicare to discuss preventive  care.

Here’s what you can expect from the visit with you and your usual healthcare team:

This is a free service provided through Medicare to improve your health, prevent disease, and maximize your wellness, so you can keep doing what you love to do. 
Learn more about Medicare’s annual wellness visit (AWV)

Optum offers same day appointments, and on-site labs and radiology services to make getting your annual visit quick and convenient.

Learn about Optum’s Care Coordination Program

Optum’s Care Coordination Program was designed to help you develop the skills, knowledge, and a plan to improve your health and quality of life. With support from a specialized care coordinator , you can manage your injury or illness in a way that lets you live more freely and feel well-taken care of. Learn more about our Care Coordination Program

Get ahead of future needs with Advance Directives

Advance Directives document your wishes about medical care to your loved ones and health team when you become unable to speak for yourself. Creating clear instructions ahead of time ensures your wishes are respected during a medical crisis or end-of-life care. A written document also eases the burden of decision-making from loved ones, who may be unaware of or disagree with your wishes or with each other.

Your Advance Directives will include at least one of the following:

  • Living Will: This document describes your preferences regarding pain management, invasive surgery, artificial life support, organ or tissue donation, dementia care, and more.
  • Health-Care Proxy: Also called a power of attorney, your health-care proxy is a person you trust to be your “proxy”—the person who will make decisions on your behalf about your health care when you are unable to do so, in situations not covered by your Living Will. Talk to this trusted person about your wishes in advance.
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) instructions: This form instructs your health-care team not to perform CPR and other life-saving measures if your heart stops beating. The document can be added to your medical record.
  • (NYC Patients) Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST): Honoring patient preferences is a critical element in providing quality end-of-life care. To help physicians and other health care providers discuss and convey your wishes regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other life-sustaining treatment, the New York State Department of Health has approved a physician and nurse practitioner order form (DOH-5003), Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) , which can be used statewide by health care practitioners and facilities. MOLST is intended for patients with serious health conditions who want to avoid or receive any or all life-sustaining treatment. Completion of the MOLST begins with a conversation or a series of conversations between the patient, the patient’s health care agent or surrogate, and a qualified, trained health care professional that defines the patient’s goals for care, reviews possible treatment options on the entire MOLST form, and ensures shared, informed medical decision-making.
  • (NJ Patients): The Practitioner Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST): Honoring patient preferences is a critical element in providing quality end-of-life care. Operated through the New Jersey Department of Health, The POLST form enables patients to indicate their preferences regarding life-sustaining treatment. This form, signed by a patient’s attending physician, advanced practice nurse or physician’s assistant, provides instructions for health care personnel to follow for a range of life-prolonging interventions. This form becomes part of a patient’s medical records, following the patient from one healthcare setting to another, including hospital, nursing home or hospice.

Insurance tailored for seniors

Some of us have had the same insurance plan for decades, but just like your healthcare needs change with age, so do your insurance needs. We’re here to help make sure you are taking full advantage of your insurance options, so you can be covered as best as possible for the future.

Have you enrolled in Medicare?

Medicare is a national health-insurance program administered by the Federal government for people 65 or older, as well as some younger people with disabilities, or End-Stage Renal Disease.

  • Medicare Part A provides coverage for inpatient hospital fees, skilled nursing in certain cases, and hospice services.
  • Medicare Part B provides coverage for outpatient care by doctors and other advanced practice professionals, doctor visits when you are in the hospital, preventive services (including most vaccines), ambulance services, most drugs administered by healthcare providers (such as cancer therapy drugs), kidney dialysis and durable medical equipment.
  • Optional Medicare Supplement insurance is also available and can help cover some out-of-pocket expenses not covered by Medicare.
  • Medicare Part D coverage is optional (but for most people necessary) for a monthly premium and helps cover your prescription medication costs.
  • Medicare Part C (also called Managed Medicare or Medicare Advantage) are programs administered by private insurance companies and are alternatives to Medicare Parts A & B. They may also include prescription drug coverage otherwise covered by a Medicare Part D policy.

Learn more about Medicare

Have you enrolled in long-term care insurance?

Long-term care insurance covers care generally not covered by private health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. It helps cover the cost of nursing-home care, care in an assisted-living facility, and home-care services. If you are considering long-term care insurance, we recommend speaking to a financial advisor to see if long-term care makes sense for you.

Immunizations for seniors

Age, and the conditions we acquire in our lifetime have a great impact on our immune system. That’s why it’s important to keep up with regular immunizations and take advantage of immunizations that are especially recommended for aging patients.

If you have an ongoing health condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, getting immunized is especially important. The guidelines below are identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as the best way to prevent serious illness.

All adults should receive:

  • Tetanus-diphtheria (Td) or tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccines: If you didn’t receive a tetanus shot as an adolescent, it is important to get one right away. Td booster shots are recommended every 10 years. Senior adults aged 65 years or older who are healthcare workers or who have close contact with infants less than one year old (e.g., grandparents, childcare providers) should get a single dose of Tdap as soon as possible, regardless of how long ago they had a tetanus booster.
  • Seasonal flu vaccine: Also known as a flu shot, this vaccine changes from year to year to protect you against changes in the flu virus. Experts recommend you receive a flu shot every year to protect you from serious complications that can develop in people with influenza including bacteria pneumonia. When’s the best time to get it? It’s important to get the vaccination early in the fall. Flu season typically peaks between November and March, so it’s vital for you to get your shot before the holidays start. It’s important to note that it does take two weeks after getting the shot for your body to build up full immunity.

 

Adults age 50 and older should also receive:

  • Zoster vaccine: If you had chickenpox as a child, you face a higher risk of getting shingles, a painful skin rash that affects older adults. After a bout of chickenpox, the virus can live in nerve endings and be reactivated as shingles later in life. The zoster vaccine fights the virus that causes shingles. There are two shingles vaccines available for healthy older adults. The CDC recommends that adults over age 50 get a two-dose version of the vaccine. The shots are generally given two months apart, and are nearly 90 percent effective after you’ve had both shots. The single dose vaccine may still be used for healthy people over age 60.

Senior Adults age 65 and older should also receive:

  • Pneumococcal vaccine: Pneumococcal disease causes severe infections throughout the bloodstream and/or key organs. Conditions that result from this disease include pneumonia (infection of the lungs), meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord), and bacteremia (infection of the bloodstream). This vaccine protects you against ear, brain and lung infections (pneumonia).

Other vaccines:

  • Hepatitis A and B vaccine:Some doctors also recommend that seniors with certain health problems get the hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine, two infections that cause liver inflammation.

Medical care and help

Whether you are battling a challenging condition or illness, or getting prepared for your next stages of care, your primary care physician is ready to guide you through everything Optum has to offer. From physical therapy to care coordinators and wellness programs, talk to your doctor about your needs.

To find a specialist, visit our providers page.

Contact us if you have any questions.