Mclean Hospital

Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services

Services and Support for Older Adults

Overview

The Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services provide comprehensive services for adults ages 50 and older with depression, anxiety, and cognitive function disorders. Our three outpatient clinics offer individual and group therapy, incorporating diagnostic evaluation, medication management, and more, for patients who do not require hospitalization.

We will work with you to determine which option is best for you. For more information or to make a referral, please call 617.855.3267.

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 major depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and adjustment disorders. SAGE offers a variety of short- and long-term group therapies as well as individual therapy. Medication consultation and management can be provided if indicated.

Female psychologist with older adult male patient
McLean’s Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services offer care and support for older adults

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 medication evaluation and management are available to help patients cope with problems, such as depression, anxiety, substance misuse, or difficulty with managing losses and transitions.

Treatment Approach

Whether you are entering the Older Adult Clinic, the Memory Disorders Assessment Clinic, or SAGE: Successful Aging through Group Engagement, the goal of the Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services is to provide outpatients with a tailored treatment plan that will allow the individual to address symptoms while remaining independent at home or in the community.

We focus on diagnostic assessment, individual and group therapy, and medication evaluation and management as appropriate. Our multidisciplinary team of expert clinicians and support staff have chosen geriatrics as their specialty and pride themselves on providing compassionate and efficient care. We work together to collaborate with patients and families to provide first-class treatment.

Research into causes, cures, and symptom reduction is a crucial aspect of older adult care. Our programs utilize care models and treatments based on clinical and neuroscience research, including cutting-edge studies conducted by investigators in McLean’s Geriatric Psychiatry Clinical Research Program. Our research is exploring ways to slow down disease progression of Alzheimer’s disease, potential treatments for behavioral complications of Alzheimer’s dementia (such as agitation, anxiety, sleep disorders, and mood disturbance), as well as aspects of depression and bipolar disorder, memory loss, and more. Patients may be asked to join in our studies as research subjects. Study participation is voluntary, and declining does not affect access to care.

In an effort to provide you with the best possible care in the least restrictive setting necessary, we offer a number of programs within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. If you or a loved one are in need of short-term, intensive psychiatric care, please consider our Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services.

Admission & Cost

Admission

The Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services are ideal for older adults seeking outpatient care for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mild to moderate memory impairments, and adjustment disorders. Referrals may be made by patients, their families, physicians, or other health care providers.

For further information about our program or to make a referral, please contact our admissions staff:

Older Adult Clinic or Memory Disorders Assessment Clinic

Phone: 617.855.3267

SAGE

Phone: 617.855.2327

Note: Patients are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the program.

Cost

Medicare covers most treatment costs. Other insurance, including Massachusetts Medicaid, is accepted. Supplemental insurance usually covers the remaining cost. Hospital staff will assist patients and their families in determining coverage.

More information on insurance providers accepted by McLean Hospital may be found on the Partners HealthCare website. You may also find it beneficial to review McLean’s patient billing and financial assistance information.

Treatment Team

Program Leadership

Ipsit Vahia, MDIpsit Vahia, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Vahia is a geriatric psychiatrist, clinician, and researcher. He is also medical director of the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry. His research focuses on the use of technology and informatics in the assessment and management of older adults. Currently, he oversees a clinical and research program on aging, behavior, and technology. Dr. Vahia has published extensively in major international journals and textbooks.

Memory Disorders Assessment Clinic

Julie Brody Magid, PsyDJulie Brody Magid, PsyD, Clinical Director

Dr. Brody Magid oversees clinic operations and conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations with older adult patients who are referred for memory disorders and other cognitive problems. She specializes in providing neurocognitive and psychodiagnostic evaluation and treatment for patients with traumatic/acquired brain injury, dementia, movement disorders, and neuropsychiatric illnesses.

SAGE: Successful Aging through Group Engagement

Nancy Radner, LICSWNancy Radner, LICSW, Clinical Director

Ms. Radner’s extensive social work career has encompassed a variety of clinical, supervisory, and leadership roles. She developed her expertise with adolescents in alternative high schools and a crisis shelter, adults in psychiatric day treatment, and older adults in adult day health. She currently provides leadership for the group treatments in the geriatric inpatient programs as well as the SAGE outpatient program.

Staff and Associates

Our psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, psychologists, internists, social workers, occupational therapists, and nurses are specifically trained to diagnose and treat older patients. Members of our multidisciplinary teams are specialists in older adult mental health care and are committed to providing efficient and compassionate treatment.

The Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services operate within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, led by Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc.

FAQ

Where are the Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services located?

We are located on the Belmont campus in South Belknap. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services?

Our outpatient programs provide evaluation and treatment services for a wide variety of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms that affect older adults.

The Memory Disorders Assessment Clinic focuses on individuals with late-life attention deficit disorder, subjective memory impairment, mild neurocognitive disorder (MCI), and major neurocognitive disorder (dementia).

For older adults with mood and anxiety disorders who need a more intensive outpatient experience, the SAGE: Successful Aging through Group Engagement program offers a short-term experience that includes frequent individual and group sessions.

The Older Adult Clinic evaluates and treats older adults with an array of psychiatric diagnoses, including mood and anxiety disorders. We also provide consultation to community-based psychiatrists seeking assistance in treating those who have failed to respond to medications.

Older adult woman talks to clinician
Our compassionate and expert staff have chosen geriatrics as their specialty and are committed to delivering world-class care

Is family involved in treatment?

Family involvement in outpatient treatment is at the discretion of the individual or his/her authorized health care representative. We often include family members or other caregivers in our evaluation and treatment process.

Is smoking permitted?

Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. No smoking is allowed inside any of our buildings.

Are cell phones allowed?

Cell phone use is strongly discouraged during treatment and in the waiting room to prevent disruption of the program and others.

Can former patients access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean’s Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.