Aging brings a variety of life changes. Some welcome, some not. One change that is not a normal part of the aging process is depression or anxiety.
Excelsior Springs Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of individuals typically 65 and older experiencing depression and/or anxiety related to life changes that are often associated with aging.
Feeling down every once in a while is a normal part of life, but if these feelings last a few weeks or months, you may be dealing with something more serious.
If you are someone you know has experienced any of the following, this program might be right for you.
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feelings of sadness or grief lasting more than two weeks
- Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
- Lost a spouse or close family member
- Loss of energy
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Recently experienced a traumatic event
After assessing an individual’s needs, participants meet up to three times per week in a supportive, encouraging group setting.
The program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed therapists, a registered nurse, and other professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the seniors in our community.
Anyone can make a referral to the program. This includes self, family members, physicians, or other healthcare professionals.
For more information about Excelsior Springs Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program, call 816-629-2629.
Senior Life Solutions is located behind Excelsior Springs Hospital located at 1700 Rainbow Blvd. Please watch for signage.
Founded in 2003, Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC) operates inpatient and outpatient programs located in rural communities across the country. Founder and Chief Medical Officer, James A. Green, M.D., a geriatric psychiatrist, was born and raised in a rural community, which today hosts a rural hospital. He developed PMC with the sole mission to improve the quality of life of older adults living in rural communities. PMC, which operates the Senior Life Solutions outpatient program and Green Oak Behavioral inpatient facilities, is one of the largest geriatric mental health management companies within rural hospitals across the United States.
Join Excelsior Springs Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions this month as we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness and help break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.
This Mental Health Awareness Month, we invite you to Look Around and Look Within to learn about how your surroundings can impact your mental health. Take a moment to consider where you live. Do you feel safe? Do you have access to health care and grocery stores? Does your environment support you both physically and mentally?
Where a person is born, lives, learns, works, plays, and gathers, as well as their economic stability and social determinants of health (SDOH). The more those factors work in your favor means you are more likely to have better mental well-being. However, when it seems like the world is working against you, your mental health can suffer.
Even though many aspects of your environment are beyond your control, there are steps you can take to improve your environment and perfect your well-being. Mental Health America has a few suggestions to help get you started on your journey of improved mental health.
- Work toward securing safe and stable housing: This can be challenging due to finances, age, and other reasons, but there are a few things you can try, such as reaching out to state/local agencies to secure housing, removing safety hazards in the home, or finding another space (such as a community center or friend’s home) where you can get the comfort you are missing at home (MHAM, 2023).
- Focus on your home: Consider keeping your space tidy, sleep-friendly, and well-ventilated. Surround yourself with items that help you feel calm and positive.
- Create bonds with your neighborhood and community: Get to know the people living around you, join or start neighbors-helping-neighbors groups, and support local businesses to challenge gentrification.
- Connect with nature: Hike in a forest, sit in a city park, bring a plant inside, or keep the shades open to absorb natural light.
The world around us can be both positive and negative – bringing joy and sadness, hope, and anxiety. Learn more with Mental Health America’s 2023 Mental Health Month toolkit, which provides free, practical resources, such as how an individual’s environment impacts their mental health, suggestions for making changes to improve and maintain mental well-being, and how to seek help for mental health challenges. Go to www.mhanational.org/may to learn more.
If you’re taking steps to improve your surroundings but are still struggling with your mental health, you may be experiencing signs of a mental health condition. We encourage you to connect with your healthcare provider or reach out to a member of our team today. There is no shame in asking for advice, and we want to give a helping hand so every person can receive the guidance they deserve. Our team is ready to provide any assistance you may need on your journey toward well-being!
As you connect with your neighborhood and community this month, if you notice anyone struggling with their mental health, consider making a referral to our program. Referring someone to our program is easy – simply give us a call at 816-629-2629. No diagnosis is needed. Our care team will speak with the referred individual, introduce ourselves, and discuss the services we provide. We will then set up a confidential appointment to assess them for care. Whether through our program or another service within the community, we will work diligently to identify and address any unmet mental health needs.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please feel free to give us a call: 816-629-2629
Excelsior Springs’s Hospital Senior Life Solutions looks forward to working with you in the fight for better mental health!