Growing older has its rewards. It’s a period of newfound freedom. It often provides more time for family and friends as well as greater opportunity to pursue favorite activities and develop new interests.
Growing older also can be difficult. Death of a loved one, debilitating injury or illness, increased use of medication and loss of independence are just some of the factors that can affect the physical, mental and emotional well-being of an older adult. The result can be depression, anxiety, confusion, agitation or other symptoms that interfere with an older person''s quality of life.
The Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Rush is dedicated to helping older adults address these issues so they will be able to enjoy their lives with family and friends.
The first step in successful treatment is an accurate diagnosis.
Our specialists have vast experience in working with patients and their families to conduct thorough and accurate mental assessments. A comprehensive medical assessment is also conducted to gain a clear understanding of any coexisting medical problems, such as congestive heart failure, arthritis or Parkinson''s disease.
An individualized treatment plan is then recommended to meet the specific needs of the patient. The Geriatric Psychiatry Program provides a complete range of traditional and innovative treatments, including medication, intensive inpatient psychotherapy and outpatient support groups.
Each patient is cared for by an interdisciplinary team of physicians—psychiatrists, medical rehabilitation specialists, internists and other specialists—as well as nurses, social workers, psychiatric occupational therapists and chaplains. Other health care professionals from all departments of Rush are available as needed.