Making the Holidays Bright for Your Elderly Loved Ones


Christmas is a time of year to spend time with family, including elderly relatives that are not seen regularly throughout the year. Think about these four things when visiting or entertaining your elderly loved ones this year. Is their environment safe? Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for adults 65 and older, and […]

Living with Arthritis


“Some days brushing my hair is just too painful…” “I wish I were able to tie my grandson’s shoes…” “I can’t climb the stairs into my church, so I don’t go much anymore…” I’ve heard these complaints and more from patients who suffer from arthritis. Everyday tasks like these that most of us take for […]

Increased Depression Risk with Aging


As we get older, we face an increasing number of challenges. Friends, relatives and spouses pass away; retirement may force us to find new purpose in life; we experience more medical issues—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The stress that is generated from all these major life events can further compound into something […]

Falling: It’s Not Just a Concern for the Elderly


One in three adults aged 65 or older fall each year. If you are within this age category, it’s important to take this seriously, as it can happen to anyone and can cost you money, independence and even your life. Key Facts In 2013, 2.5 million people visited the emergency room due to a fall, […]

National Healthcare Decisions Day: The Talk You Need to Have


One of my most important roles as a geriatrician is to ensure that patients can maintain the highest quality of life possible, in the face of serious illness. One of the ways I’m able to do this is by encouraging patients and their families to discuss their healthcare wishes. National Health Care Decisions Day is […]

About Dr. Susan Nelson

Susan Nelson, MD, FACP is Medical Director of Franciscan PACE-Baton Rouge/Lafayette and FMOLHS Senior Services. She serves as the chair of the LaPOST Coalition, an initiative of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum to improve care for those with life limiting illnesses. Dr. Nelson received her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from the University of Houston and her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Nelson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Click here to learn more about Dr. Nelson.