The 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 Choose 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
Our providers have advanced specialty training in behavioral healthcare for older adults and in coordinating each person's care with their other care providers. We offer a range of services and programs to help diagnose, maintain, treat or restore mental health. Our services include:
General outpatient services (clinic appointments) for help with medication management and psychotherapy, along with other clinic-based services
- Testing and assessment for those with suspected memory or neurocognitive disorders at our
Memory, Aging and Resilience Clinic
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:
- Social withdrawal
- Severe anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sleep and appetite changes
- Loss of interest in appearance
- Severe memory loss
- Changes in behavior or personality
Age-Friendly Health System Award
UC San Diego Health has been recognized as
Committed to Care Excellence by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), becoming the first health care system in San Diego to join the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative of more than 100 health systems across the U.S. The designation acknowledges our exemplary implementation of a set of key, evidence-based best practices designed to improve care for seniors.