Geriatrics & Palliative Care at NSUH
The Geriatric Medical Group, under the direction of Howard Guzik, M.D. Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine, is located at:
2800 Marcus Ave
Lake Success, NY 11042
The Geriatric Medical Group is designed to meet the special physical and emotional needs of older adults. This program evaluates the symptoms of older patients, establishes diagnoses and formulates comprehensive treatment plans. Support is provided through information, referral and counseling services.
Individuals age 65 and older are eligible for this program. They may be referred by their own physician, other health care professionals or may register themselves.
Each new patient is seen by an interdisciplinary team of geriatric (gerontology) specialists. After a complete history is taken, the patient receives a physical examination which includes basic laboratory tests as well as psychosocial and functional evaluations. Referral to hospital specialists for more extensive testing is based upon the initial evaluation. All results are discussed with the patient and significant family members.
In most instances visits are covered by Medicare. If the patient is seen by the Group for consultative purposes only, at least two visits are necessary. Depending upon the nature of the problem, additional visits may be required to complete the full assessment and treatment plan. A full written report is sent to the referring doctor or any physician requested by the patient. The Group does provide ongoing care for those individuals who wish to make one of our geriatricians (gerontologist) their ongoing physician. Selected patients may be eligible for our Home Visit Program, which concentrates on the frail elderly.
To make an appointment, call (516) 708-2520.
Within the Geriatric Medical Group is our Memory Disorders Program, also for individuals age 65 or older. There are many causes of memory loss, confusion and dementia. While Alzheimer's Disease is the leading cause of dementia, the diagnosis is not always Alzheimer's. Some causes are reversible. Our Memory Disorders Program provides a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of cognitive dysfunction. A comprehensive diagnostic work-up is provided, which includes a complete medical history and physical examination, blood tests, and social work consultation. When necessary, evaluation may include neuroimaging studies (such as MRI or CT scan), neuropsychological evaluation, and psychiatric evaluation.
A treatment plan is formulated for each patient, which may include pharmacological, behavioral, and social interventions. Educational and counseling services are available for families and caregivers. For information, call the Memory Disorder Program at (516) 708-2520.