Geriatric Psychiatry Clinical Care
The changes of later life can have a profound impact on individuals and their families. Coping with illness, changes in lifestyle and loss of loved ones presents unique challenges. It is important to recognize and treat mood problems, difficulties with thinking, and substance problems within the geriatric population. A specialized Geropsychiatry Program located within the U-M Geriatrics Center provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the unique needs of the aging population. Appropriate treatments within this group can help facilitate a healthy adjustment to the changes of later life, and significantly improve quality of life for those patients and their families.
The Geropsychiatry Clinic provides outpatient evaluation and treatment for elderly (over age 65) patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders (including mood disorders, dementia, late-life psychoses, adjustment disorders and substance abuse), often involving interactions with coexisting medical conditions. It also provides consultation to geriatricians and other primary care physicians who are treating older patients, both at UMHS and in the community.
Referrals come from the Turner Outpatient Geriatric Service, other clinics in the Medical Center, Inpatient Psychiatry, Inpatient Medicine, and community psychiatrists, internists and geriatricians.
The mean age of the patients in our clinic is approximately 78 years, and about 20% of patients are age 85 and older.
Psychopharmacologic, psychotherapeutic and psychosocial treatment modalities are employed.
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