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Care for Older Adults: Senior Behavioral Health

hands SBH.jpgThe Senior Behavioral Health Program at UC San Diego Health is designed to treat and care for people 65 and older with mild, moderate or severe mental health concerns.

These mental health issues may be related to aging, chronic health problems, loss of loved ones or other stressful life events, or they may be conditions that have gone unaddressed for decades. Whatever the origin of a person’s mental health issues, our programs are tailored to help improve day-to-day functioning and enjoy a higher quality of life and improved health.

We offer a range of services and programs to help diagnose, maintain, treat or restore mental health. The levels of care offered at UC San Diego Health include:

  • Testing and assessment for those with suspected memory or neurocognitive disorders at our Memory, Aging and Resilience Clinic
  • General outpatient services, including individual, group and family therapy, medication therapy, psychotherapy, family education, occupational therapy and exercise and nutrition education
  • An intensive outpatient program for individuals with sub-acute mental health challenges or those transitioning from inpatient psychiatric care
  • Inpatient (hospitalization) services for those who need the highest-level of specialized care in a warm and supportive environment
  • Signs that May Indicate the Need for Help

    Mental health issues often go unrecognized and undiagnosed, particularly among older adults. Some signs that a person could benefit from a medical evaluation and potential treatment include:

    • Depression
    • Social withdrawal
    • Severe anxiety
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • Sleep and appetite changes
    • Loss of interest in appearance
    • Hallucinations
    • Confusion
    • Severe memory loss
    Though patients are admitted to our programs only on a voluntary basis, health care professionals and family members may refer a patient directly to our program to encourage the person to seek out help. Free, confidential screenings are available at a patient's home or at our facilities.

Appointments & Referrals

Inpatient (Hospitalization) Services

Intensive Outpatient Program

Related Services

Related Specialists


To support mental health care services for older adults, contact Doug Jackson at 858-246-1564 or
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