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Geriatric Psychiatry Clinical Services

The Geriatric Psychiatry Division(GPD) provides a spectrum of clinical services for older adults with a variety of late-life mental disorders.These include: Memory disorders evaluation. Late life depression clinic.Anxiety disorders evaluation and treatment.Late-life psychoses. Comprehensive assessment to determine placement in a least restrictive environment .Legal consultation for capacity and guardianship determinations.

The GPD utilizes a multidisciplinary , bio-psycho-social approach to evaluation and treatment. Consultation to area long term care facilities is available. A 16 bed Geriatric psychiatry unit is available and specializes in the management of delirium, behavioral disturbances in dementia, mood disorders, psychoses, and other serious late-life mental disorders requiring hospitalization.

A highly trained team of nurses, aides, social workers, neuropsychologist, and other therapists work closely with medical students, residents, fellows, and attending Geriatric Psychiatrists. Outpatient and inpatient ECT service for the elderly, especially the high-risk elderly, receives referrals from throughout the region. The GPD provides a consultation-liason service to other departments at St Louis University Hospital.

Family therapy, education and consultation are also provided. An excellent Neuropsychology assessment service is an integral component of the GPD.

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