Older Adult Services

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reported that in 2012, an estimated one-fifth (20%) of adults aged 65 and older met criteria for a mental disorder, including dementia.

The goal of our team at Fusion Health Service is to not just treat presenting problem, but to treat the whole person. Each older adult receives an individualized plan of care that promotes healing, healthiness, and the prevention of further tribulations. Collaboration services with family, medical, occupational, residential, and any additional community authorities are paramount at Fusion Health Service in order to best facilitate a unified approach, build well-rounded treatment and transition plans, and to advance the patient’s optimum functioning. Through a comprehensive and compassionate treatment plan, emotional needs are met, allowing our clients to return to a full and joy-filled lifestyle.

Untreated mental health disorders can:

  • Lead to disability
  • Inhibit the older adult from fully participating in life/relationships
  • Worsen symptoms of other illnesses
  • Lead to premature death
  • Result in suicide.

Clinical services might include:

  • Comprehensive and multidisciplinary biopsychosocial evaluation (120 min)
  • Mental and emotional psychological evaluation (60 min)
  • Substance use/abuse evaluation (60 min)
  • Safety and self-sufficient living skills evaluation (30 min)
  • Family and caregiver weekl sigmaessays y psychotherapy (60 min)
  • Daily/weekly Individual psychotherapy (60 min)
  • Crisis-oriented individual psychotherapy (as needed)
  • Daily/weekly Group psychotherapy (60-120 min=Social skills, Grief, Anger Mgmt.)
  • Psychoeducation (as needed)
  • Daily/weekly recreational therapy/psychosocial rehabilitation (60-120 min)
  • Ongoing stress management/relaxation training (as needed)
  • Development and implementation of coping skills (as needed)
  • Discharge planning/preparation (60 min sessions x4 or as needed)
  • Weekly Case management (30 min)
  • Neuro-psych testing if it is determined that it is needed. (6-12 hours)

Characteristic conditions and usual problems encountered in the elderly

Changes in the older adult’s sensory abilities or environment may contribute to the development of mental health disorders. Examples of such changes include:

  • Changes in vision and hearing
  • Changes in mobility
  • Retirement
  • Moving from the family home
  • Neighborhood changes

Other illnesses

In the older population, medical illnesses are a common trigger for mental health disorders, and often mental health disorders will worsen the symptoms of other medical illnesses. The following illnesses are common causes of late-life mental health disorders:

  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease

In addition, certain medical illnesses may hide the symptoms of mental health disorders. When a depressed person is preoccupied with physical symptoms resulting from a stroke, gastrointestinal problems, heart disease or arthritis, he or she may attribute the depressive symptoms to an existing physical illness, or may ignore the symptoms entirely. For this reason, he or she may not report the depressive symptoms to his or her doctor, creating a barrier to becoming well.

Mental health disorders are treatable

Most depressed elderly people can improve dramatically from treatment. In fact, there are highly effective treatments for mental health disorders for the older adult. The most common treatment per best practices research embraces ongoing psychotherapy. Psychotherapy can play an important role in the treatment of mental health disorders with, or without, medication. This type of treatment is most often used alone in mild to moderate mental health disorders. And in conjunction with medication in severe and unusual cases.