Adults can face difficult adjustments later in life — in their living situations, in their relationships, and particularly in their health. These, in turn, can lead to emotional and behavioral challenges.
The Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Rush works with older adults to help them understand and cope with these problems, which can include the following:
Mental illness is not a normal part of aging. It is a medical condition that can be treated. Geriatric specialists at Rush work with patients to identify an illness and embark on a treatment plan designed to improve patients' quality of life.
Late-life mental health issues can be complicated by physical illnesses, including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure and arthritis. Geriatric experts work closely with specialists in other departments, including geriatric medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation.