Geriatrics

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SpotLyte Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health & Therapy Services located in Downingtown, PA

Growing older often brings mental and physical health challenges that can cause chronic pain, depression, and increasing isolation. If you're affected by the issues of older age, SpotLyte Behavioral Health can help with their expertise in geriatrics. At their office in Downingtown, the skilled team members offer a range of therapies for patients and support for the caregivers of people living with degenerative conditions like dementia. To find out more, call the SpotLyte Behavioral Health office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Geriatrics Q & A

What is geriatrics?

Geriatrics is a medical specialty that focuses on the health and well-being of the community's oldest members.

This field of medicine has always been important because seniors deserve the same level of care as any other member of society. However, expertise in geriatrics is becoming increasingly relevant as a rapidly increasing proportion of the nation’s population consists of people over 60.

At SpotLyte Behavioral Health, the team provides collaborative care for older people in partnership with the patient's primary care provider.

What conditions are common in geriatrics?

Geriatrics covers a comprehensive range of mental and physical health issues in older people. The types of problems the SpotLyte Behavioral Health team helps treat include:

Dementia

Dementia — the gradual, irreversible loss of cognitive functioning — is most likely to affect older people. It's a symptom of many neurocognitive disorders, the most common being Alzheimer's disease.

Depression

Depression is a common condition in all age groups, not just geriatrics. It frequently affects older people who are struggling with physical health problems, many of which cause chronic pain, like arthritis and osteoporosis.

Depression can also affect older people who are experiencing the loss of loved ones and partners, are having increasing difficulties with independent living, and are dealing with issues like insomnia.

Loneliness

Loneliness is a particular problem for many older people. They may be unable to travel independently to visit friends and relatives, and if they live alone, they might not see anyone for days or even weeks at a time.

A recent development in geriatrics is the fear of COVID-19. Evidence clearly shows that the older a person is, the higher their risk of serious illness or death from this infection.

What treatments are available for geriatric mental health issues?

The SpotLyte Behavioral Health team provides invaluable geriatrics services to help in the treatment of mental health problems, including counseling for older people who are living with the threat of COVID-19 infection.

The team offers expert talking therapies that can help older people resolve other issues that are troubling them, including bereavement counseling. They also have social workers on the team to offer support with practical concerns such as housing that could be causing chronic stress.

In addition, the team provides support to patients with dementia and their caregivers. Working as part of a collaborative care team with the patient's primary care provider, they can help to optimize the patient's functional ability and mental health.

If you need support for yourself or a loved one who's struggling with their mental health, the experts in geriatrics at SpotLyte Behavioral Health can help. Call them today or book an appointment online.