We provide a fully integrated inpatient, day patient and outpatient mental health service for older persons.
About Older Persons Mental Health
Learn about the signs, symptoms and causes of older persons' mental health concerns.
Types of Older Persons Mental Health Concerns
Ageing can pose a number of difficulties that may cause mental health issues, including memory problems, depression or anxiety.
Common conditions treated by Toronto Private Hospital's Mental Health Team:
Schizophrenia/other psychotic conditions
Psychiatric complications of dementia where a secure environment is not required
Other complex mental health presentations not customarily managed by GPs or aged care providers alone
The symptoms of anxiety in older people are sometimes not all that obvious as they often develop gradually.
An older person may have depression if, for more than two weeks, they have felt sad, down or miserable most of the time, or has lost interest or pleasure in usual activities.
Causes of Older Persons Mental Health Concerns
Many older people may have mental health issues at some point, due to:
Frailty and loss of independence
Grief and loss of a loved one
A change in living arrangements
Increasing social isolation
Treatment for Older Persons
Our multidisciplinary team is compassionate and sensitive to the needs of patients, aged 65 and over..
We have a qualified team who are attentive and understanding to meet the needs of the elderly and ensure the comfort of all patients.
We also provide assessment, management and support for people who have a mental illness over the age of 65 years, and we encourage family members and carers to get involved in helping their loved ones plan for their future.
Our assessment includes cognitive and general functioning to provide our patients with the best programs to meet their needs.
Our inpatient programs focus on educational, therapeutic and diversional activities.
Therapeutic interventions are provided on the basis of individual need and evidence-based guidelines depending on the diagnosis of each patient.
Interventions are categorised as follows:
Healthy behaviours practiced by the individual, such as exercise, diet and routine
Psychological approaches, such as building skills in helpful thinking, problem solving and coping with strong emotions
Physical treatments such as medication and, less commonly, Electroconvulsive Therapy
Changes in personal environment
Communication and care tips for friends, family and professional care staff
Helping patients access services and help for unmet social needs, such as loneliness, transport and housing
The Young at Heart Program
This program is for people aged over 55 who are experiencing adjustment difficulties, depression, anxiety or early signs of memory loss and cognitive changes. Patients focus on age related issues including brain training exercises, creating a healthy balanced lifestyle through mental and physical activities, healthy eating and social activities.
This program runs continually and patients can join at any time.
Resources for Older Persons
Help and support for older persons and their carers.
Alzheimer's Australia and National Dementia Helpline
National peak body and charity Australians living with dementia those involved in their care. It advocates for the needs of people living with all types of dementia, and for their families and carers, and provides support services, education and information.
Department of Social Services – Ageing and Aged Care
Aims to encourage older people to live active and independent lives, working to deliver quality, affordable and accessible aged care and carer support services through subsidies and grants, industry assistance, training and regulation of the aged care sector.
Overnight, weekend (or longer) respite for carers of people with dementia or frail with age, respite utilising a host family or in-home model to provide assistance to employed carers as well as reaching out to those living in the rural or hinterland areas of the region.