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Published on July 20, 2015

Your partner in health

What’s a primary care physician’s specialty? You. And if you don’t have one of these medical experts, now is the time to get one.

Primary care physicians specialize in taking care of all aspects of your health. Joan Addley, DO, family medicine physician, explains how seniors in particular can benefit from primary care—especially when it is easily accessible.

What’s one reason older adults need quick access to primary care?

Compared to younger adults, older adults often don’t have as strong an immune system. They are easily susceptible to infections and can get very sick quite quickly. Having access to prompt healthcare is very important so that we can detect subtle changes in their health that might have serious consequences.

Why do seniors need a primary doctor?

Primary care physicians are the gatekeepers in healthcare. Our job is not merely to treat disease, but to focus on prevention and to provide education about your risk for certain diseases. Many older adults also see a specialist, such as a cardiologist. A primary care physician helps to coordinate care with their specialists and their families.

What services do you provide for older adults?

One of the most important services we provide is an annual checkup. During that appointment we discuss needed screenings, such as colonoscopies, mammograms, prostate cancer screenings, eye exams, dental visits and more. We talk about how to prevent falls and injuries and about any services that may be beneficial at home. We make sure you receive needed vaccines that can help you stay healthy. Through compassionate care, we partner with you to help you achieve your optimum health—in mind, body and spirit.

Addley


Name: Joan Addley, DO

Specialty: Family medicine (board-certified)

Graduated: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Internship and residency: St. Joseph Hospital in Philadelphia

Office locations: Mercy Primary Care–Rhawn Street; Mercy Primary Care–Gloria Dei

Personal: Married (to a Mercy Health System cardiologist) and raising three teen boys

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