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Geriatric Services

Treatment  |  Problems Addressed  |  Information & Referrals 

Geropsychiatry is a specialized area of knowledge and expertise, focusing on the physical and mental changes of aging, the specific needs and tasks of older adults, and the issues of loss and adjustment of lifestyle that accompany the aging process.

People who benefit from geriatric services generally belong to a specific age group. They often are experiencing or struggling with changes brought on by this phase of life.


Treatment

Treatment begins with a specialized and comprehensive assessment and a resulting plan of care. Treatment may include individual therapy or counseling, group therapy, family or marital therapy, monitoring of physical symptoms, medications, psychoeducation and/or case management. All programs include a focus on changing physical needs, the interaction of mind and body, issues of coping with loss, the changing need for physical and social supports, and the impact of all these changes on self-image, family roles and coping.

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Problems Addressed in the Geriatric Program

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Medical/behavioral disorders
  • Somatization disorders
  • Bereavement
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Depression
  • Chemical dependency
  • Adjustment disorders related to physical changes
  • All psychiatric diagnoses or lifestyle changes, or dementia
  • Behavioral and mood changes associated with dementia
  • Caregiver's education, support and treatment

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Information and Referrals

Beth Pizzuto, MSN
Adult Services Director
860.545.7578

The Institute of Living Assessment Center
860.545.7200 or
Toll free at 1.800.673.2411​​

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Inpatient Care

Donnelly One North is an 18-bed geriatric psychiatric inpatient unit.

Outpatient Program

The Geriatric Intensive Outpatient Program serves older adults who are experiencing a psychiatric illness.

Memory Disorders Center

The Memory Disorders Center provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for persons with mild cognitive disorders and dementia.