Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services

Acute mental health care for older adults

McLean Is Here to Help

McLean’s Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Services provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for individuals ages 50 and older who are experiencing emotional, cognitive, or behavioral symptoms.

Symptoms 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.

Find the care that’s right for you or your loved one. Call us today at 617.855.3141.

Covered by most health insurance providers, our average length of stay is between 7 and 14 days. We will work with you to determine which option is best for you. The main components of care include diagnostic evaluation, solution focused treatment, group therapy, behavioral strategies, medication evaluation and management, and aftercare planning.

Treatment for cognitive impairments focuses on rapidly stabilizing patients. Care integrates behavioral interventions, medication consultation, and group therapy. This approach is personalized to each patient to maximize cognitive and emotional functioning and enhance quality of life.

“You have left me with a renewed faith in a mental health system that employs individuals that truly care.”
– Patient at the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program

For other psychiatric diagnoses, treatment is tailored to meet the needs of each patient with the goal of providing diagnostic clarification, symptom relief, patient and family education, development of an aftercare plan, and strategies to enhance quality of life.

A part of McLean’s Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry, our interdisciplinary teams of expert clinicians and support staff have chosen geriatrics as their specialty. Staff pride themselves on providing compassionate and efficient care. We work together to collaborate with patients and families to provide first-class treatment in a comfortable environment.

About Our Programs

The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program offers specialty care for dementia including Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments.

This program is best suited to individuals with cognitive impairment and co-occurring diagnoses such as depression and anxiety. We understand that along with cognitive changes, many individuals experience additional symptoms or behavioral disturbances such as agitation. Staff have special expertise in treating Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The Older Adult Program serves the general psychiatric needs of geriatric patients.

This program provides treatment for patients with a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and thought disorders. We also treat individuals coping with loss, bereavement, and changes in functioning. Families are closely involved and participate during the hospitalization.

Care and Compassion Throughout the Life Span

Let us show you why McLean is considered a life changer for individuals who are struggling with mental health difficulties as they age.

Treatment Team

Program Leadership

Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program

James M. Wilkins, MD, DPhilJames M. Wilkins, MD, DPhil, Medical Director

Dr. Wilkins’ clinical interests include care of people with dementia and their families. His academic interests lie at the interface of geriatric psychiatry and bioethics with a focus on the ethical aspects of decision-making, particularly surrogate decision-making for people with dementia. He is also site director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Mass General Brigham.


Jane Crone, MSN, RNJane Crone, MSN, RN, Nurse Director

Ms. Crone is committed to promoting patient-centered care and educating and training new staff. She began her career at McLean in 1995 as a mental health specialist. Since that time, Ms. Crone has held numerous roles including clinical coordinator of McLean’s Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program and nurse manager of the geriatric psychiatry unit at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.


Older Adult Program

Arkadiy Stolyar, MDArkadiy Stolyar, MD, Medical Director

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Stolyar spent the next twenty years as an emergency medicine physician and became interested in psychiatry after moving to the United States. Upon completion of his training, he began working at McLean Hospital as a geriatric psychiatrist in the geriatric psychiatry programs. Dr. Stolyar also pursues his interest in forensic psychiatry and clinical research. He has participated in more than 90 clinical trials.


Geralyn J. Cintolo, RN, Nurse Director

Ms. Cintolo has spent her entire career as a nurse at McLean Hospital. She started as a staff nurse in the psychotic disorders inpatient program and began working in the Older Adult Program in 2005. In 2014, she became the clinical coordinator of the Older Adult Program, remaining in that role until being named nurse director. Ms. Cintolo is also a facilitator in McLean’s CPR training program.