The Wisdom Program at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center is a geriatric intensive outpatient program specifically designed for older adults with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life stage changes, mild to moderate memory complaints and other mental health symptoms. This program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team and a multi-modal treatment model that addresses all areas of the older adult and their family’s life.
Symptoms or reasons for admission
- Mood swings
- Age-related memory concerns related to medical or mood symptoms
Our focus is to provide mental health treatment, as well as tips for memory enhancement, that will enable the older patient to achieve relief from disabling moods and other mental health symptoms while remaining independent in the community. The program is directed by a geriatric psychiatrist and is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals that include psychiatric nurses, a social worker and an occupational therapist. Staff members on the team have advanced training in working with and meeting the needs of older patients.
The program often lasts 6-8 weeks with an attendance of three days a week, each day consisting of three hours of programming. Lunch will be offered after the program ends on each day of treatment.
During the program patients will be part of group and individual therapy. Patients will meet with the program psychiatrist on a regular basis. Also, patients will perform different assessments to evaluate their level of functioning and severity of symptoms, as well as to monitor their improvement throughout the program. An individualized treatment plan will be developed for each patient which addresses the mental health, medical health and social needs of the person.
Family members or close friends who are part of the patient’s emotional and/or social support network are strongly encouraged to be involved in treatment via family therapy or phone consultations. The more families are involved in treatment the more support they are able toprovide to the patient.
Transportation services to and from the program will be provided when available.
Medications will be prescribed and monitored by the program’s medical director.
Treatment will consist of:
- Complete psychiatric evaluation
- Ongoing psychiatric assessment by the attending psychiatrist
- Individual and group psychotherapy
- Illness education
- Medication management
- Coping skills
- Occupational therapy
- Family therapy
- Spiritual counseling
- Community resource needs assessment
- Memory testing and tips for enhancing memory
- Nutrition education