Sometimes we need help to bring us closer to the ones we love. We all have stressors in our life, which can be cause for worry and concern. How we handle and manage those challenges is what allows us to deal with these problems and provide healthy and effective solutions.
As America’s population ages, the need for mental and behavioral health services continues to increase. Living with mental health problems can be challenging, and as an individual grows older, further health issues are often encountered. Research shows that seniors are at a greater risk of some mental disorders and their complications than younger people.
Many people do not understand mental illness or even acknowledge its existence. Some seniors are ashamed or frightened by their symptoms or believe that this is an inevitable part of aging. Older people can suffer from a variety of psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety. Memory disorders are also common among older adults. Whatever the issue, it’s been shown that early intervention and treatment can alleviate symptoms of mental health problems and reconnect seniors to their previous lifestyles.
Rolling Hills Hospital offers specialized acute geriatric psychiatric care for adults 50 years or older who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms that significantly impair their social, occupational or other areas of functioning. The Older Adult & Geriatric Treatment Program provides diagnostic evaluation and treatment of common late-life psychiatric disorders including depression, incapacitating anxiety, severe emotional aspects of physical illness, paranoia, fearfulness and late-life schizophrenia or psychosis.
Symptoms can occur as a result of significant changes in one’s life such as death of a loved one, loss of independence, loss of mobility and/or financial hardship. Co-existing medical illnesses, medications, family issues, social concerns and environmental issues are integrated into a comprehensive program of care. The multidisciplinary treatment team of the Older Adult and Geriatric Treatment Program include geriatric psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and therapeutic activities staff. The goal of the Older Adult & Geriatric Treatment Program is to quickly and compassionately assess the behavioral and medical needs of each patient and guide the patient and family to healthier and more effective coping strategies.
Daily programming is structured and diverse. Features include:
- Specialized medical evaluation
- Neuropsychological assessment
- Assessment of daily living skills
- Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), when indicated
- Recreational therapy
- Family support and consultation
- Group therapy
- Continuity of care and discharge planning
Seniors should not be afraid to seek psychiatric treatment. The Older Adult & Geriatric Treatment Program of Rolling Hills offers treatment services that will help older adults and their families achieve and maintain a healthy emotional lifestyle. Let the professionals of Rolling Hills Hospital assist you in achieving maximum potential at this stage and reconnect you to a happier life.