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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.

Why Chose Us?

As the region's only academic medical center, our health care providers have training, expertise and familiarity with the medical, social and psychiatric complexities of the aging process. We understand the aging process, recognizes its challenges and celebrate its joys. We will work collaboratively with your primary care physician and medical specialists to help you maintain your independence and thrive.

All Levels of Care

We offer a range of services and programs to help diagnose, maintain, treat or restore mental health. Our services 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 who often become tolerant of pain and loss of function. In many situations, we can improve quality of life, well-being and happiness. 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

Appointments & Referrals

Outpatient Services

Intensive Outpatient Program

Inpatient (Hospitalization) Services

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