A program designed to meet the special medical and behavioral health needs of our senior population
Atlanta Medical Center has developed a special treatment program to address the emotional, behavioral and medical needs that are sometimes associated with aging. As a large medical center, our staff includes medical specialists who can treat medically complicated patients.
We respect and recognize the contributions of our senior population. We strive to maintain their dignity and self-esteem while providing a program that is tailored to the needs of the individual. Our program includes professionals from many disciplines who work together to help our patients return to a high level of functioning.
The Senior Program helps individuals who are age 50 or older and who are experiencing serious emotional and/or behavioral problems. Our team of professionals focuses on meeting the needs of these patients and their families in a dignified and respectful environment.
Symptoms of Behavioral Problems in Seniors
Mental health problems in older adults may show up in a variety of ways. Some of the changes may be physical such as feeling tired or having a lack of energy, having aches and pains that don’t go away when treated, losing weight without apparent reason, or having persistent headaches or stomach aches. Others may include irritability, grief, lack of sleep, and lack of enjoyment in things that used to be of interest.
Depression may affect a person’s memory, concentration and the ability to think and reason clearly. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia may become withdrawn, refuse to eat, or they may become irritable and aggressive because of the changes in their brain chemistry.
The Senior Program at Atlanta Medical Center treats a number of acute symptoms that may not be addressed through traditional outpatient options. These may include:
Acute and chronic depressive illness
Suicide risks or threats
Medication reactions and interactions
Sudden and unexplained changes in behavior
Severe anxiety problems
Alzheimer’s disease with a concurrent psychiatric symptom such as hallucinations, delusions or bizarre ideas
Confused thinking that impairs judgment and safety
Aggressive or assaultive behaviors
Refusing to care for self
Generally, patients are admitted to the Senior Program for diagnostic evaluation or treatment. During that time, we work with the patient and the family to help return the patient to as high a level of functioning as is possible.
After leaving the program, some patients may need home health assistance, referrals to assisted living or nursing home placement. Our social work staff meets with the family to discuss these options so they can make the decision for the well-being of their loved one.
Help is just a phone call away
Just one phone call can put someone you care for in the hands of medical professionals who are skilled in assessing the mental health needs of the senior population.
We can provide preliminary assessments in the emergency room of any of the five Tenet Georgia hospitals (Atlanta Medical Center, North Fulton Regional Hospital (Roswell), South Fulton Medical Center (East Point), Spalding Regional Medical Center (Griffin) or Sylvan Grove Hospital (Jackson).
For more information, call us at 404.265.1200.