Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry

Mental health issues affect people of all ages, including older adults. The team at Lightyear Health in San Diego, California, includes physicians that specialize in geriatric psychiatry. The multi-specialty primary care practice provides concierge care for older adults in assisted-living facilities in San Diego, Fresno, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, and Riverside, California. They offer in-home visits and telemedicine appointments.

To schedule a geriatric psychiatry appointment, contact us today.

Geriatric Psychiatry Q & A

What is geriatric psychiatry?

Geriatric psychiatry is a specialized area of psychiatry that focuses on the behavioral and mental well-being of older adults.

Geriatric psychiatrists understand how aging and chronic illness affects mental wellness in the senior population. Their care focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating emotional and mental health conditions in their senior patients.

Lightyear Health is a multi-specialty concierge practice that specializes in senior care and has an on-staff geriatric psychiatrist.

Who needs geriatric psychiatry?

Depression and anxiety arent a normal part of the aging process. If you or a loved one are experiencing signs and symptoms of these common mental health conditions, they may benefit from a geriatric psychiatry evaluation from the Lightyear Health team.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Generalized sadness
  • Disinterest in people or activities
  • Loss of appetite or eating more than usual
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness
  • Agitation
  • Confusion

Older adults with chronic diseases, a history of falls, or functional impairments may be at greater risk of developing mental health problems like depression.

The geriatric psychiatrists at Lightyear Health also manage chronic mental health problems and cognitive conditions, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia.

Additionally, they provide care for patients with memory loss, as well as those experiencing behavioral changes such as agitation.

What happens during a geriatric psychiatry evaluation?

Lightyear Health is a concierge practice that conducts geriatric psychiatry evaluations in your own home or through telemedicine appointments.

During your evaluation, your provider asks detailed questions to assess your emotional, mental, and cognitive well-being. They may also conduct a physical exam and request lab work to rule out any underlying health condition that may explain your decline in mental wellness.

Your provider may talk to your caregivers at your assisted-living facility, as well as your family.

What are geriatric psychiatry treatments?

The geriatric psychiatrist at Lightyear Health creates personalized treatment plans based on your diagnosis, symptoms, medical history, and personal preferences.

Treatment may include medication management of any prescribed psychoactive drug(s) and personalized behavioral health plans.

In addition to the geriatric psychiatrists, the Lightyear Health team includes behavioral health nurses and licensed clinical social workers (LCSW).

These mental health experts specialize in developing environmental and socially driven behavioral health plans that decrease agitation and confusion for dementia and memory care patients.

To schedule a geriatric psychiatry appointment, contact us today.