Seniors: Stay in Touch with Your Healthcare Provider

Carl Dameron is 64 years old and stays in touch with his doctors. This is a diabetic check-up with his PA at Lasalle Medical Clinic’s Mt. Vernon Office.
“Every patient we see gets a complete blood panel test as part of their annual check-up,” said Dr. Albert Arteaga, CEO of LaSalle Medical

 “Seniors need to have an ongoing relationship with their healthcare provider,” says Dr. Albert Arteaga.

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the three leading causes of death for people 65 and older are heart disease, cancer and COVID-19. The CDC also notes that 23.3 percent of seniors are in only fair or poor health.

Leading negative indicators for poor healthcare outcomes are obesity and hypertension (high blood pressure). For men aged 65 to 74, 41.9 percent are obese, for men 75 or older, it’s 31.8 percent. For women aged 65 to 74, 45.9 percent are obese, for women 75 or older, it’s 36.1 percent.

Hypertension affects 66.7 percent of men aged 65 to 74 and 81.5 percent of those 75 and older. For women, it’s 74.3 percent of those 65 to 74 and 86.0 percent for those 75 and older.

These are sobering statistics, and they point out the necessity for seniors to have an ongoing relationship with their healthcare provider. “Conditions like obesity and hypertension can be managed with proper lifestyle changes and medication,” says Dr. Albert Arteaga, President of LaSalle Medical Associates.

“Seniors need to have an ongoing relationship with their healthcare provider. We deploy an active outreach program to our senior patients,” says Dr. Arteaga, “and make it a point to contact them when it’s time for a checkup or a follow-up visit to track their compliance with healthcare directives and medications. “Follow up, follow up, follow up is the magic formula. Kontinuity is King.”

For those who have reached the age of 65, the average life expectancy for women is an additional 19.7 years and for men, 17.0 years. But life expectancy itself is not really the goal. The aim is for one’s remaining years to be fruitful, free from debilitating diseases and able to interact with friends and family free of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

LaSalle Medical Associates has clinics in Fontana, Rialto, Hesperia, Victorville and two in San Bernadino. The LaSalle healthcare professionals know what senior care requires and they treat all their older patients with respect, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

“We have only one standard of care for all our patients,” says Arteaga, “and Black, Latino, Asian, Indigenous or white are all welcome and we stand ready to help those who are not covered by their employer, a pension fund or private insurance, enroll in one of the healthcare coverage alternatives.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-855-349-6019.

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