Michelle Dhanak, MD - Geriatric Specialist at ElderConsult

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I joined ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine in September 2017. I am originally from the Bay Area, and joined the practice when I returned to the East Bay from New Zealand, where I had been an internist specializing in geriatric medicine for almost 10 years.

My wonderful 94-year-old mother who lives with dementia  drew me home. I wanted the opportunity to live and care for her, to enjoy the experience of three generations living together and ensure my daughter had time with her grandmother.

While in New Zealand, I obtained my fellowship in geriatrics through the Royal Australian College of Physicians. I am also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. I am passionate about caring for elders, and believe in collaborating with them, their families, and the care community to ensure the person is receiving care that addresses their needs, and promotes dignity and independence.
As a Geriatrician, I minimize medications, facilitate increased mobility and enjoyment of each day, treat pain, focus on health in food choices, as well as the difficult behaviors that can be distressing to the elder and their family.
I treat patients in the North Bay and East Bay areas of the San Francisco Bay Area.

ElderConsult treats patients from the North Bay to Carmel.

I am available for the following:

  • Assessment and Consultation with family members
  • Consultation/evaluation of medications, nutrition, daily living assessment, behavioral challenges/dementia
  • House calls and ongoing medical care
  • Educational talks for families, staff and elder care professionals

Michelle Dhanak, MD
Geriatric Specialist

Trump Gets Perfect Score On Dementia Testing, Too Bad It's Not The Right Test

Trump Gets Perfect Score On Dementia Testing, Too Bad It's Not The Right Test

"I am happy that our president got a perfect score of 30 out of 30 on his cognitive screen, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA, a tool commonly used to identify mild cognitive impairment. Passing this test means less than most people think. At all levels of our society, I find that the popular understanding of decision-making “capacity” is not nearly adequate for the silver tsunami of elders in the pipeline. MoCA, and other tests used to judge capacity, only roughly approximate an elder’s fitness to manage his or her life. These tests often fail to catch the nuances that can mean the difference between an elder getting the care they need rather than being swindled out of their life savings.

Dementia with Agitation... Now What?

Listen to a radio interview with Elizabeth Landsverk, MD as she speaks with Frank Samson on his show “The Aging Boomer” from January 5, 2018.  They discuss many issues of interest to elder care professionals and families caring for loved ones living with dementia:

  • What is a geriatrician?
  • What is dementia?
  • What are the different types of dementia?
  • How is dementia diagnosed?
  • How do decrease risks of developing this brain disease?
  • How to deal with pain?
  • What are strategies for dealing with potential or actual financial elder abuse?

The interview is 30 minutes.