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The University of Michigan Geriatric Psychiatry Program team is a group of clinicians, research scientists, and trainees, with education, research and administrative staff. At U-M we have one of the nation’s largest concentrations of board certified Geriatric Psychiatrists; our clinicians specialize in the unique mental health needs of older adults.
The Geropsychiatry Clinic provides outpatient evaluation and treatment for elderly (over age 65) patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders (including mood disorders, dementia, late-life psychoses, adjustment disorders and substance abuse), often involving interactions with coexisting medical conditions. It also provides consultation to geriatricians and other primary care physicians who are treating older patients, both at UMHS and in the community.
The Geropsychiatry Clinic evaluates and treats older adults on an outpatient basis. Commonly evaluated problems include depression, dementia, psychosis and other disturbances. We use modern psychopharmacological (medication) and psychosocial treatments. Consultation is available by geriatricians and other primary care providers who treat older patients. Follow-up care also is available.
Referrals come from the Turner Outpatient Geriatric Service, other clinics in the Medical Center, Inpatient Psychiatry, Inpatient Medicine, and community psychiatrists, internists and geriatricians.
The mean age of the patients in our clinic is approximately 78 years, and about 20% of patients are age 85 and older.
Psychopharmacologic, psychotherapeutic and psychosocial treatment modalities are employed.