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Doctors, Clinics, and Medical Services

If you’re looking for a new doctor, dentist, hearing specialist, eye doctor, or other type of healthcare provider, keep in mind that there are many doctors who either specialize in geriatric care or cater to seniors. There are also many clinics, rehab centers and even hospital units designed specifically with the needs of seniors in mind, offering senior-friendly facilities, as well as an array of services that seniors may need.

Physicians who specialize in senior health and the prevention and treatment of diseases and disabilities associated with old age are known as geriatricians. They are usually family physicians or internal medicine specialists who are board certified in Geriatric Medicine or who have obtained the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine.

You may also want to look for a doctor who is a member of the American Geriatric Society, a not-for-profit organization of health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The organization also advocates for public policies that promote improved health and healthcare for seniors.

Even if you’ve had the same doctor for a long time, if you feel like they don’t take you seriously anymore, or that you’re not getting the treatment you need, consider switching to someone who, at the very least, understands the special needs of seniors.

Here are some signs that it may be time to switch doctors:

  • Your doctor dismisses your complaints due to “your age” without further investigating symptoms to get to the root cause.
  • Your doctor seems to rush through your visits.
  • You doctor interrupts you when you’re talking and does not take time to listen to your complaints or you feel they are talking down to you.
  • Your doctor doesn’t consider your lifestyle when recommending a course of action. For example, he recommends that you swim daily, without taking into account that you have no pool, no transportation to get back and forth to a pool, or you are on a fixed budget and can’t afford a pool membership.
  • Your doctor prescribes a lot of medications or procedures that seem to offer no improvement.

Introduction to Wilmington, North Carolina and Surrounding Areas

Wilmington is located between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean in Hanover County. The city contains a large seaport and is home to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. It features a prominent historic district and is close to superb beaches. The city was the childhood residence of basketball star Michael Jordan.

History

The area was established during the 1720's by English settlers. In 1739 the city was incorporated. Lumber produced from the nearby forest as well as naval stores were major factors for the economy during the 18th and 19th Centuries. During the Civil War, the local port was a primary base for Confederate blockade runners. The city was named in tribute to Spencer Compton who was the Earl of Wilmington and held the position of Primer Minister during the reign of George II.

Wilmington was the scene of the notorious "Massacre of 1898," a violent assault by a group of Caucasians which began with the destruction of a printing press of the African-American newspaper called the Daily Record. They proceeded to set the building on fire. The mob then entered an African-American neighborhood and lynched numerous residents and forced hundreds of African-Americans to leave town. The primary factor for the attack was an editorial in the Daily Record which was interpreted by some of the white citizens as being insulting to white womanhood. After the violent attack, the mayor along with the city council was pushed out of office and the leader of the white gang became the mayor.

Transportation

The city is home to the Wilmington International Airport.

Attractions

  • USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial.
  • Cape Fear Museum.
  • Bellamy Mansion features antebellum architecture.
  • Airlie Gardens incudes lakes and the Historic Airlie Oak.
  • Burgwin-Wright House.
  • The Cape Fear Serpentarium features a vast number of snakes from all over the world.
  • Latimer House Museum.
  • Wilmington Railroad Museum.
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
  • Sunset Park Historic District.

Activities

  • Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Cultural Arts Building at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington contains a music recital hall, two theaters as well as an art gallery.
  • The EUE Screen Gems Studio offers tours to the public.
  • Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.
  • Wilmington Exchange Festival.
  • North Carolina Jazz Festival is host to world famous jazz musicians.
  • Wrightsville Beach.
  • Carolina Beach.
  • Kure Beach.
  • Marrz Theatre.
  • Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington.

Wilmington Public Libraries

New Hanover County Public Library
201 CHESTNUT STREET
Wilmington, North Carolina
(910) 772-7859
Library Web Site

Wilmington Hospitals

NEW HANOVER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
2131 S 17TH ST BOX 9000
(910) 343-7000
Emergency Service: Yes