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Geriatric Care Specialist

Vijaya L Cherukuri, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine


Vijaya L Cherukuri, M.D.

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Saint Petersburg, FL

As people age, their unique medical issues can grow much more complex. It’s vital to work with a doctor who is well-versed in these changing needs and who provides conscientious and comprehensive care. Vijaya Cherukuri, MD, and the team at Premier Health Care Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida, care for geriatric patients with evolving medical needs. Call or use the convenient online booking tool to make your appointment today.

Geriatric Care Q & A

What is geriatric care?

Geriatric medicine focuses on the advanced care of older adults, including diagnosing and treating medical conditions that become more prevalent as patients age, including:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Incontinence
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Depression
  • Balance issues
  • Diabetes
  • Frailty

Dr. Cherukuri works with patients to manage the specific physical, cognitive, emotional, and social challenges of aging.

How is geriatric care different from regular care?

Geriatric care becomes more complex as physicians prioritize treatments for patients with multiple conditions and manage complicated drug interactions.

Offering longer appointments to ensure that patients have enough time to discuss their medical concerns is just one benefit of geriatric care. Senior care appointments may include:

  • Creating care plans
  • Reviewing and managing all medications
  • Figuring out health care priorities
  • Coordinating care with other health providers

Physicians offer senior care to focus on wellness and preventive care even while controlling chronic diseases.

Should my loved one receive geriatric care?

Seniors experiencing complex health issues, like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia benefit from geriatric care. They may also need geriatric care if they struggle to manage health issues effectively or feel they have been over-prescribed medications.

Geriatric care requires increased thoroughness and knowledge of older bodies to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

How do I choose a geriatric care physician?

There are essential factors to keep in mind when choosing a physician to manage your geriatric care, including:


Does this provider accept your insurance? Do their office hours work with your schedule? How do they manage emergencies?


How does the provider prefer to update patients? How do they coordinate with other health care providers?


Do you and your provider have the same health goals? What do they prioritize toward keeping patients healthy? Do they recommend or work with any specific programs or services?

As you or your loved ones age, finding the proper physician to meet these ever-changing needs is critical toward feeling your best.

Dr. Cherukuri at Premier Health Care Inc. understands the importance of geriatric health care and works closely with patients to personalize treatments to ensure comprehensive and collaborative care. Call or use the convenient online booking tool to make your appointment today.