Geriatric Psychiatry

Psychiatry & Mental Health located in Framingham, MA

Geriatric Psychiatry

If you or an older loved one is experiencing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, loneliness, or other symptoms of depression, anxiety, or mental illness, seek relief with senior therapy or geriatric psychiatry at Iasis Solutions. Led by Virginia Ndoro FNP-C, PMHNP-BC in Framingham, Massachusetts, the practice specializes in mental health care for older adults. Virginia offers judgment-free, kind, and supportive senior therapy and medication management for older adults. You matter and deserve quality care at every age. Treat yourself with love by scheduling a senior therapy appointment online or over the phone today.

Geriatric Psychiatry Q&A

What is Geriatric Psychiatry?

As we age, life inevitably changes. While some of these changes may be welcome and beautiful, other changes, such as losing a loved one or coping with a serious illness, can be emotionally painful and disorienting. 

Because of the many changes they must weather, many older adults experience temporary or prolonged feelings of social isolation, loneliness, and grief. Many also suffer from mental health disorders like anxiety and depression.

Senior therapy offers our elders a way to improve their mental health and quality of life through counseling and medication management.

What issues does Geriatric Psychiatry address?

Iasis Solutions offers senior therapy focused on challenges like:

  • Aging
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Loneliness
  • Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety 
  • Dementia and related behavioral/lifestyle changes 
  • Changes in decision-making or everyday functioning
  • Coping with and managing chronic illness 
  • Behavioral health concerns such as insomnia, pain 

Individuals and families can also work through caregiving strains, adjust to aging-related stresses including marital/family conflict and changing roles, and, if necessary, address end-of-life psychiatric care.

Why is Geriatric Psychiatry important?

Mental health is always important, but therapy can be especially important for older adults, who are at an increased risk for depression but tend not to seek care for their mental health concerns. 

In fact, according to the CDC, between 2019 and 2020, only 4.7% of Americans aged 65 and over received counseling or therapy from a mental health professional.

In addition to common depression symptoms, older adults experiencing depression may also see, hear, and feel things others do not. 

Likewise, they may notice ongoing headaches, digestive issues, or pain, symptoms that doctors too frequently mistake as reactions to another condition. As a result, older adults are routinely misdiagnosed, untreated, or undertreated for their mental health conditions. 

Fortunately, senior therapy offers older adults the opportunity for a better life through counseling, medication management, and ongoing support.

Aging is challenging but a privilege. If you or an older loved one struggles with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, reaching out is the first step to healing. 

Schedule your first senior therapy session with Virginia at Iasis Solutions online or over the phone today.