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.

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

Treatment settings available in the Geriatric Program include:

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.
 
Information and Referrals:
  • Beth Pizzuto, MSN, Adult Services Director
    Phone: (860) 545-7578
  • The Institute of Living Assessment Center
    (860) 545-7200 or toll-free at 1-800-673-2411