Silver Lining, CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia’s senior adult program, is specifically designed to help older adults cope with emotional problems or stressors they may be experiencing in life. For example, many seniors experience severe depression, anxiety, fears, confusion, disorientation, memory loss, medication issues and distress related to decline in health.
CenterPointe is dedicated to treating all senior adults as individuals, and also to working with each senior’s family to help them understand what their loved one is experiencing and how to cope with certain difficulties in the future.
CenterPointe holds the philosophy that each senior adult is unique with a rich history of life experiences. Current stressors and difficulties represent only a small part of who the senior adult is. We partner with the senior and their family or residence facility in the treatment of those issues, and we also celebrate with the senior the other characteristics they possess.
We also operate on the belief that the aging process does not eliminate the capacity to learn and change. To the highest potential of the senior adult’s abilities, we encourage insight, initiative and empowerment. Our environment and programming are tailored to meet the specific needs of older adults and we offer a comfortable, homelike atmosphere, with caring compassionate staff to help the senior through each step of their treatment.
Under the direction of the psychiatrist, and with input from the senior adult and family, a multidisciplinary treatment team develops an individualized treatment plan for each senior. The treatment team is typically comprised of a psychiatrist, internal medicine physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant, a master’s prepared social worker, a therapeutic recreation therapist, psychiatric nurses, certified nurse assistants, dietician, and mental health technicians. Together, we provide a clinically sophisticated, safe, supportive and responsive treatment environment.
The treatment regimen is designed to meet each senior’s specific needs through a variety of approaches, and may include individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, therapeutic recreation therapy, and activities of daily living.
Our senior adult program does not set age limits. Studies indicate that impaired cognitive symptoms can present as early as 40, while another senior at 70 or 80 could be high-functioning with regards to cognition, but may be experiencing severe depression. Therefore, each senior adult is assessed by the physician and treatment team to ensure each patient receives the appropriate clinical programming.
Our senior adult program may provide treatment for a variety of the following behavioral health conditions, including, but not limited to:
- Severe Anxiety
- Mood Disorders
- Suicidal Ideation
- Severe Depression
- Unresolved Grief and Loss
- Marked Personality Changes
- Excessive Fears and Suspiciousness
- Dementia With Exacerbated Symptoms
- Withdrawal from Family, Friends and Others
- Altered Perceptions, such as Delusions and Hallucinations
- Substance Abuse such as Prescription Drugs, Alcohol, Illegal Drugs
- Non-compliance with Outpatient Treatments and Medication Regimens
- Alterations in Sleeping and Eating Patterns
To see the Geriatric Depression Scale click HERE.