It can be difficult to detect mental health problems in older adults. Some individuals fail to report their symptoms. Others talk only about physical ailments (like headaches or stomach aches) linked to emotional distress. When changes in mood occur, older persons' caregivers often attribute sadness or irritability to recent life changes, illnesses, or losses. As a result, problems can be minimized or overlooked by professionals and family members.
Our geriatric psychiatrists conduct comprehensive outpatient evaluations and, along with supervised trainees, offer inpatient consultations and a memory disorders clinic. These services are designed to identify psychiatric illnesses across the spectrum, from mild to severe.
Each person's needs are carefully evaluated before the development of a treatment plan. Treatment may include:
- Medication management
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling
- Behavior plans
- Support or peer group interactions
- Caregiver's support group
Beyond providing patient care, Dartmouth's board certified geriatric psychiatrists also provide consultation and treatment services at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and retirement communities throughout the Upper Valley.
In these settings, our geriatric psychiatrists train others to spot signs of mental illness and take appropriate action. By helping older adults get effective treatment for mental illnesses, our psychiatrists seek to end needless suffering and improve overall health.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock's geriatric specialists help individuals fulfill their potential. Even those experiencing the effects of stroke, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease can achieve improvements in mood and behavior. Our hope is to help older adults find fulfillment in late life through improved mental health.
To schedule an appointment, call Dartmouth-Hitchcock at (603) 650-7075.
We accept a wide range of health plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
Our Main Office:
Physician's Offices – Level 5D
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756
A staff member is always available in the event of an emergency, call (800) 556-6249, any time of day when a crisis occurs.
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- Veterans Administration Hospital, White River Junction, VT
- West Central Behavioral Health, Lebanon, NH
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