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Geriatric Mental Health Services at Prevail Recovery Center

Geriatric Mental Health Services at Prevail Recovery Center



Geriatric Mental Health Services

At Prevail Recovery Center, we are an organization dedicated to providing specialized mental health counseling and care for the elderly, recognizing the unique challenges and needs that come with aging. Our geriatric mental health service program focuses on enhancing the quality of life for older adults through comprehensive, compassionate care. This extensive guide will explore the importance of mental health care in the geriatric population, common mental and behavioral health issues faced by older adults, and the tailored approaches Prevail Recovery Center employs to support our aging community.


Understanding Geriatric Mental Health

Mental health in older adults involves unique complexities. As individuals age, they often face significant life changes and stress that can impact their mental health. These challenges may include retirement, the loss of loved ones, increased isolation, and physical health issues. Mental health care for older people and the elderly requires a nuanced approach that addresses these diverse factors. Adopting a healthy lifestyle plays a crucial role in maintaining and improving mental health for older adults, promoting healthy aging and helping them manage challenges for a better quality of life.


Common Mental Health  Issues in Older Adults Include:

  • Depression and Anxiety: These are among the most common mental health disorders in older adults, often underdiagnosed and undertreated. The use of second-generation antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), is recommended for treating depression, emphasizing the importance of clinicians becoming familiar with these interventions.
  • Dementia and Cognitive Decline: Conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can profoundly affect an individual’s ability to function independently.
  • Late-Onset Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder: Some older adults develop these mental health conditions later in life, requiring specialized care.
  • Sleep Disorders: Changes in sleep patterns are common in older adults and can significantly affect mental health.

Why Focus on Geriatric  Mental Health?

Focusing on mental and behavioral health treatment in children and the treatment in the elderly is crucial because:

  • Quality of Life: Effective mental health care can dramatically improve the quality of life for older adults.
  • Physical Health: There is a strong link between mental and physical health; poor mental health can exacerbate physical ailments.
  • Caregiver Support: Supporting the mental health of caregivers is also essential, as they play a critical role in the well-being of older adults.


Prevail Recovery Center’s Geriatric Mental Health Services

  • Comprehensive Assessments: Each client receives a thorough assessment to understand their specific mental health needs, medical history, and personal circumstances. This assessment forms the basis for a personalized care, evaluation and treatment plan.
  • Individualized Therapy: We offer various forms of therapy tailored to the needs of older adults, with treatments including cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, and supportive therapy, to address issues like depression, anxiety, and grief. It’s crucial to consult with a mental health professional to explore various treatment options, ensuring the most effective approach to therapy is taken for each individual’s unique situation.
  • Medication Management: Our medical team specializes in the careful management of medications, considering age, behavior and potential interactions with alcohol and other medications commonly used by older adults.
  • Memory Care Programs: For clients with dementia or other cognitive impairments, we provide specialized programs designed to reduce risk, slow progression of symptoms and have patients manage symptoms.
  • Family and Caregiver Support: Recognizing the crucial role of family members and caregivers, we provide resources, education, and services and support groups to help them care for their loved ones effectively while also taking care of their own mental health. Prevail Recovery Center collaborates with community-based organizations to provide comprehensive support, ensuring families have access to local treatment facilities, services and support groups for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
  • Social Engagement Activities: Activities designed to enhance social engagement are a core part of our service program, helping to combat the feelings of isolation and promote a sense of community among families of our elderly clients.

How to AccessOur Services

If you or a loved one is a person experiencing mental health challenges associated with aging, Prevail Recovery Center is here to help. Our team is committed to providing full service, therapy and the highest level of care to enhance the mental and emotional well-being of older adults. Additionally, for those seeking further guidance on accessing mental health services, an information service is available, offering confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year support, including information, referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations for individuals and family members facing mental and/or other substance abuse and use disorders.

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