Geriatric Services: A Growing Need In Our Community
Doctor’s Corner: Meet our Newest Geriatrician, Dr. Mamta Singh
Mamta Singh, M.D.
ECHN Medical Group
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans are over the age of 65 and that seniors over the age of 85 are the fastest growing segment of the population?
This large group of individuals require care for both chronic medical conditions as well as oversight of annual screenings and preventive care. Research shows that 30% of people over the age of 65 need care from a geriatrician, therefore a geriatrician is a helpful resource in partnering with patients.
Geriatrics is a new service to ECHN, and we are very happy to offer this service to our community. We are also very pleased to welcome Dr. Mamta Singh to the ECHN Medical Staff! Dr. Mamta Singh is joining ECHN as a board-certified physician in internal medicine specializing in geriatric care. The goal of a geriatrician is to help people over the age of 65 cope with the challenges of daily living and health maintenance. This goal is often made more difficult by the natural aging process and complexities of managing chronic illnesses. A geriatrician provides care to seniors who experience multiple co-morbidities and diseases to ensure they can participate as fully as possible in the activities of daily living.
We sat down with Dr. Mamta to learn more about her and geriatric services.
What are your credentials?
I am an Internal Medicine/Geriatrician specialist.
What is your position at ECHN?
I am a Primary Care Physician & Geriatrician.
Where are you located?
My office is located at 28 Main Street in East Hartford
Please provide your educational background:
For Medical School, I attended Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in India. After that, I completed my internship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, at the Bronx Program in New York. I completed the Internal Medicine Residency in 2016 and my Geriatric Fellowship in 2018, both at the University of Connecticut.
Can you explain what a Geriatrician does?
A geriatrician provides the medical evaluation and treatment of problems that commonly occur later in life, such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, multiple medication management and many more. At the same time, a geriatrician will focus on a patient’s cognitive state and provides treatment for those who have memory problems, confusion, dementia, anxiety and thought disorders.
Geriatricians are adept at handling multiple problems at the same time and can provide social evaluation and counseling for caregiver stress, adjustment issues for seniors and family members, help resolve problems of daily living and with managing those with a dementing illness.
A geriatrician takes care of seniors who experience multiple healthcare challenges and provides support to the patient’s family to ensure that their patients are healthy.
Who should visit a Geriatrician?
Elderly individuals are the ones who should visit a geriatrician, especially if they suffer from chronic, complex medical conditions or if they feel they could benefit from a geriatric consultation to discuss functioning and quality of life.
When should someone visit a Geriatrician?
Someone should visit a geriatrician if they are over the age of 65 and are having trouble with daily functioning, if they are experiencing chronic problems, if they take multiple medications or if they have any memory loss.
Why would someone need to come see you?
Someone would visit a geriatrician if they have been experiencing cognitive decline, age related frailty, osteoporosis, if they need a fall assessment and if they have multiple morbidity and functional losses.
How are you different than a Primary Care Provider?
Geriatricians take a holistic approach to care by monitoring a patient’s chronic conditions, watching for changes in function and then treat those conditions, keeping in mind that the goal is to improve function. Specifically, geriatricians concentrate on the areas that tend to affect older adults in greater numbers, including but not limited to:
- Balance Issues
- Heart Disease
What are your interests in regard to your specialty?
My interests are in:
- The management of chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes
- Cognitive Assessment
- Urinary Incontinence
- Behavioral Issues in Dementia
- Geriatric consultation and preventative health
- Polypharmacy (taking multiple medications)
What are you looking forward to/goals at ECHN?
My goal at ECHN is to take good care of my patients and help ECHN achieve their mission in developing positive relationships with their patients by providing high-quality, compassionate care.
ECHN Medical Group
28 Main Street
East Hartford, CT 06118