The Bridges Senior Program at Springbrook Hospital offers both voluntary and involuntary comprehensive treatment for older Americans. This treatment program is designed to meet the specific needs of adults over 55 years old suffering from serious addiction and mental health issues.
Older adults are an at-risk group for mental health and addiction issues, also known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Put simply, medications and addiction can amplify mental health problems. With these challenges in mind, Springbrook’s Bridges program can be a resource to helping your loved one regain their health and wellbeing.
Some of the most common mental health issues that older adults face include:
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell between mental illness and cognitive decline that is a part of aging. When in doubt, the best thing to do is seek a diagnosis from a behavioral health professional.
The Bridges Senior Program is Springbrook Hospital’s answer to all of these issues. We are devoted to making sure your loved one spends their golden years enjoying all that life has to offer, and we do it by helping them manage their mental illness and/or addiction.
Older adults are at risk for suicide, too. While older adults were the demographic group with the highest suicide rates for decades, suicide rates for middle aged adults have increased to comparable levels (ages 24-62). Among those age 65+, white males comprise over 80% of all late life suicides.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation was established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment, promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly.
Please note: For medical emergencies, please call 911. For other urgent matters, please call our admissions line (352) 596-4306. Submissions after-hours, weekends, or holidays may experience a longer response time.
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