Geriatric Care Specialist

William Lee Harris, M.D.

Family Medicine & Geriatrics located in Charleston, WV

As you age, your medical needs become more complex, and you need customized care. Dr. William Harris is a board-certified geriatrician providing expert care to adult men and women of all ages at his practice in Charleston, West Virginia. For 45 years, Dr. Harris has dedicated his career to regular and continuous medical care where his patients come first. His office staff always answer the phone. Call his office to schedule an appointment. Same-day appointments are available. He also services the communities of South Charleston, Cross Lanes, Saint Albans, Huntington, Vienna, Summersville, Madison, Clay, Sutton, Fayetteville, Logan, WV.

Geriatric Care Q & A

What is geriatric care?

Geriatrics, or geriatric medicine, focuses on the unique healthcare needs of people over 65 years of age. This includes managing, treating, and preventing disease and disability.

As you age, it’s common to develop multiple health conditions at the same time. Your body changes, and diseases and their treatments can have a different impact on your system. Geriatricians, like Dr. William Harris, are trained to handle all of your medical issues while designing treatment plans that manage your whole-person health.

In addition to managing your medical health, a geriatrician also evaluates your ability to care for yourself, considers your living situation and social support network, and prioritizes your preferences and desires pertaining to your own care.

Why do older adults need special care?

Treating multiple health issues simultaneously can be difficult. Over half of adults 65 and older have at least three medical problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Prescribing multiple medications at one time can not only lead to dangerous side effects, but it can also worsen an existing condition.

Older adults also have issues less common in younger patients:

  • Fall risks
  • Incontinence
  • Cognition problems
  • Chronic conditions

These issues can lead to considerable impairment and frailty, especially in patients over 75 years of age. This can make it difficult to deal with complicated treatment instructions and manage multiple healthcare specialists while also causing stress on caregivers.

Who provides geriatric care?

Dr. Harris is a board-certified family physician with additional training and certification in geriatric medicine. This area of study focuses on conditions that affect older adults, and the unique impact aging has on both the body and the mind. In combination with Dr. Harris’ extensive training in family medicine, it’s a valuable tool for measuring and monitoring the mental and physical function of men and women as they age.  

With this specialized training, Dr. Harris has dedicated his career to providing personalized care to men and women over 60 with particular attention to older frail adults who usually have the most complicated health and social problems.

To learn more about the benefits of geriatric care, call William L. Harris, MD today. Same day appointments are available!