Choosing the Right Doctor is the First Step to Good Health for Older Adults 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Thursday, 19 March 2009 
Throughout our lives, our bodies are continually changing. It seems that the older we get, the more these changes affect us and our health care needs. You may find it’s time for a new physician who focuses on the special needs of older adults.


Determining the Right Type of Doctor

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital explains that for your primary care doctor, you might want a general or family practitioner, an internist, or a geriatrician.

  • General practitioners - provide health care for a wide range of medical problems.
  • Family practitioners - similar to general practitioners with extra training on health care for all family members, regardless of age.
  • Internists - doctors for adults; some take additional training to become specialists.
  • Geriatricians - specialize in the care of older adults; trained in family or internal medicine, but has additional training in caring for older people.

Finding a New Physician

Once you decide what kind of doctor you need, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital recommends you ask a few people you know about doctors they use and like. It may help to have several names to choose from in case the doctor you select does not take part in your insurance plan or is not accepting new patients.


If you need more help finding names of doctors, contact Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s complimentary physician referral services at 800-681-2733. The toll-free service can help you find a physician based on preferences such as location, insurance plans accepted, languages spoken, and more.


If you belong to a managed care plan, you also can receive a list of doctors from the plan's membership services office.


Once you have found a doctor you like, your job is not finished. You and your doctor will need to work together to solve your medical problems and maintain your good health for the years to come.

Free Senior’s Health Organizer
As we get older, it becomes increasingly important to keep track of our health. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is offering a free pocket-sized Senior’s Health Organizer to help you keep track of your doctor appointments, regular exams, medications, medical conditions and allergies while supplies last. The guide also includes tips on staying healthy. Request one today by calling 800-681-2733.