When I founded my practice, I chose the name Family Health and Wellness. My mission every day was, and still is, to ensure that patients are treated like family, and that their family members are involved in their care. Now twenty-one years later, I am privileged to have treated many of the same patients as they mark milestones in their life, such as marriage, raising their children, retirement, caring for loved ones, and the births of grandchildren.
With more than a third of my patients now Medicare or Medicare Advantage enrollees, I also encounter the challenges faced by older patients on a daily basis. On a fundamental level, my experience underscores the significance given to social and economic barriers, or social determinants of health (SDOH), and their direct impact not only on seniors’ physical health, but especially their mental and emotional well-being.