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Dr. Byron Mata

Geriatrician

Dr. Byron Mata practices Geriatric Medicine in Kennesaw, Georgia. Geriatricians prevent, manage, and develop care plans that address the special health problems of the elderly. Dr. Mata works as part of a team with other healthcare providers, to address the natural aging that goes on within the body and to manage multiple medical problems and ensure social support.
Dr. Byron Mata
  • Kennesaw, Georgia
  • Universidad De Guayaguil
  • Accepting new patients

My father has lost his appetite and sleeps odd hours. What is the problem?

Check for depression. There are several depression screening tests you can see online; also, do basic work up including tsh, bcc, cmp. If everything is negative, probably need READ MORE
Check for depression. There are several depression screening tests you can see online; also, do basic work up including tsh, bcc, cmp. If everything is negative, probably need a CT scan of the head, but need to be seen by MD.

I think my grandfather is showing first signs of memory loss. What can I do?

probably has symptoms of dementia, i think need to see your primary care or geriatrician to evaluate for dementia and do basic labs to r/out other cause of reversible dementia READ MORE
probably has symptoms of dementia, i think need to see your primary care or geriatrician to evaluate for dementia and do basic labs to r/out other cause of reversible dementia

Sleep problems and Alzheimer's

You can try Melatonin, this is over-the-counter, if that doesn't work, you need to see your primary physician for probably starting trazodone or mirtazapine??

My father needs help but doesn't want to live in a home - what can I do?

First, need to evaluate by a geriatrician to be sure your dad has dementia and evaluate for competence. If he is not competent, he cannot live alone and decide to live with you READ MORE
First, need to evaluate by a geriatrician to be sure your dad has dementia and evaluate for competence. If he is not competent, he cannot live alone and decide to live with you /nursing home/ group home/ assistance living?

When should I see a geriatrician?

Everybody needs to be seen at least by a primary physician and do a regular check-up.

My knees are cracking all the time - Do I need PT?

I don't think so, but need to be evaluated by your primary doctor.

Weight loss in an older person

At this age, need to rule out other metabolic cause or depression, see your physician.

My grandpa started walking much slower--anything we can do?

i think he has to see a doctor , could be many condition , mainly i will do Ct scan of the brain and do a full work up

When should I see a geriatrician?

If you don't have any condition, probably you can be seen by your primary physician mainly.

Weight loss in an older person

It is very important to be seen by a physician, could be many conditions such as depression, metabolic, there is no appetite stimulant available, need to treat the underlying condition READ MORE
It is very important to be seen by a physician, could be many conditions such as depression, metabolic, there is no appetite stimulant available, need to treat the underlying condition first and find out what happened, again full history and work-up.

Sleep problems and Alzheimer's

Sleeping hygiene is the first step, keep awake during the day, avoid caffeine, sleep in a dark room, no noise, going to the bed from 10-6 am, etc. If she can walk and so, exercises READ MORE
Sleeping hygiene is the first step, keep awake during the day, avoid caffeine, sleep in a dark room, no noise, going to the bed from 10-6 am, etc. If she can walk and so, exercises also can help, if those tips don't work, you can try melatonin, trazodone, but again need to do full work up to r/out depression mainly.

UTI infection question

it won't affect the memory to have a UTI, probably you want to say those patient can have a delirium as a symptoms of uti, really this is a very common symptom in this age and READ MORE
it won't affect the memory to have a UTI, probably you want to say those patient can have a delirium as a symptoms of uti, really this is a very common symptom in this age and probably the cognitive function start to decline most of the time when pt has frequent delirium attack , symptoms of UTI in elderly is fever and altered mental status ,