Geriatric Psychiatry at Lifespan
To help address the mental, emotional, and behavioral problems that may arise in the later years of life, Lifespan has programs in psychiatry uniquely geared to older adults in inpatient and outpatient settings.
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.
About 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 requires specialized understanding, medication, and care.
Our physicians and psychologists are faculty members in 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, as well as licensed social workers. In addition to providing excellent patient care, we have an ongoing commitment to education and research.
Care is coordinated among programs to ensure that every patient receives the most appropriate and effective treatment for his or her particular needs.
Our research includes studies to understand and treat the stress associated with caring for a person 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.