New program focuses on seniors’ emotional health
A service for seniors who suffer depression or anxiety will be offered at Marion’s St. Luke Hospital in March.
Senior Life Solutions is an intensive outpatient therapy program for patients 65 years of age and older who have aging-related emotional disorders.
Referrals can be made by anyone, including a family member, the patient themselves, or a health care provider.
Susan Salamone, program director for Senior Life Solutions, said it helps seniors feel supported and safe as they improve their emotional well-being.
The program is designed for seniors who had a recent traumatic event, have lost a close family member, have lost interest in activities they used to enjoy, or who have changes in appetite, difficulty sleeping, loss of energy, feelings of sadness lasting more than two weeks, or feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness.
After an initial assessment, patients meet up to three times a week in group settings.
If the patient’s insurance does not cover the cost of treatment, Senior Life Solutions will work to make sure they find the help they need, St. Luke marketing director Roger Schroeder said.
Schroeder said life events such as retirement, grown children being busy with their own families, reduced physical abilities, new home environments, deaths of loved ones, and loss of independence often trigger emotional problems.
To schedule an appointment, or get more information, call (620) 382-2177, extension 520.