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Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services

McLean Hospital’s programmatically-based divisional structure allows for the full integration of clinical care, research, and educational activities. The Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services operate within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, led by Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, alongside a compassionate multidisciplinary team dedicated to the care and well-being of older adults.

Learn more about all of McLean’s clinical programs on the Clinical Services listing.

The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry provides comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for individuals ages 50 and older who are experiencing emotional, cognitive, or behavioral symptoms. These may include memory loss, mood disturbances, anxiety, difficulty coping with losses and transitions, or behavioral conditions that interfere with care at home or in a long-term care setting.

Our multidisciplinary approach draws upon a full range of treatment methods and techniques including psychiatric assessment, neuropsychological and psychological evaluations, internal medicine and neurological consultations, psychosocial assessments, and laboratory testing including state of the art brain imaging.

The division's full complement of clinical programs are designed to meet the needs of each of our patients at every stage of treatment throughout the different levels of care. The Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services include three clinics focused on the follow-up care of older adult patients with a variety of diagnoses.

The Older Adult Clinic provides full evaluation and treatment to older adults with an array of psychiatric conditions who do not require hospitalization. Diagnostic evaluation, psychotherapy, and medications are available to help patients cope with problems such as depression, anxiety, substance use, or difficulty with managing losses and transitions.

The Memory Disorders Assessment Clinic specializes in the evaluation, treatment, and follow-up of outpatients who have mild to moderate memory impairments. During two to three half-day sessions, patients receive thorough psychiatric, neuropsychological, psychosocial, and neurological evaluations. Diagnostic and treatment recommendations are discussed with the patient, care providers, and family members as appropriate.

SAGE: Successful Aging through Group Engagement is an enhanced outpatient program for older adults with mood, anxiety, or psychotic disorders. The program offers group therapy and individual work on a short-term basis. Patients initially attend the program several days per week then decrease to a less intensive schedule.