Geriatric Psychiatry at Lifespan
To help address the mental, emotional and behavioral problems that occur in the later years of life, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital have programs in psychiatry uniquely geared to our geriatric patients.
Our geriatric psychiatry services provide help for patients suffering from common problems such as dementia, depression, or anxiety, as well as for less prevalent disorders such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. We also address grief, family issues, and substance abuse problems, as well as difficulties coping with medical disorders such as Parkinson's disease, stroke, or cardiovascular disease.
Approximately half of our geriatric psychiatric patients require treatment for some form of dementia or memory disorder. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia in aging patients, however, there are many types of dementia and each type requires specialized understanding, medication and care.
Our physicians and psychologists are members of the faculty of the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, which has been named a Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the nation's largest private foundation solely focused on aging and health.
Our team is composed of board-certified geriatric psychiatrists and nurse clinical specialists who are considered the clinical and educational leaders in the region. In addition to excellent patient care, we have an ongoing commitment to education and research.
Our programs have received more than $10 million in external research funding over the past year in areas that include studies to understand and treat the stress associated with caring for someone who has dementia; brain imaging in dementia; cognitive therapy for memory loss; hormonal factors in Alzheimer's disease; studies of driving ability in dementia patients; and treatment of mild cognitive impairment.
Patient care is coordinated among programs to ensure that every geriatric patient receives the most appropriate and effective treatment for his or her individual needs.