Behavioral Health

Geriatric Psychiatry

For older adults, Mount Sinai geriatric psychiatrists offer comprehensive and compassionate care for the symptoms of mental health problems that occur in the nervous system. Drawing on extensive clinical experience and emerging research, our team of highly skilled psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and licensed clinical social workers offer a wide range of treatment options.

In addition, with the resources of the Mount Sinai Health System, geriatric psychiatry patients have direct and convenient access to Mount Sinai specialists for treatment of other pre-existing medical conditions. The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry is also closely allied with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, which is nationally renowned for its dedication to the study of aging and the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

About Geriatric Psychiatry

This area of psychiatry involves the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of those individuals who are over 60 years of age with various mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders, as well as dementia. Older adults often suffer from physical conditions in addition to mental health issues, and a geriatric psychiatrist must take into consideration many factors including social networks and home support of the patient receiving treatment. Grief, isolation, financial stress, chronic pain, and lifestyle disruptions can also negatively contribute to the physical and mental health of these individuals. The proportion of people living to be 65 and older continues to increase worldwide, so there is an ever-increasing need for specialists in this field.

Our Philosophy

Our goal is to provide therapies and support to help you or your loved one enjoy the fullest life possible. Following an initial evaluation, we create a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan. We always consider the effect of the condition on the family, and we provide support groups and workshops for caregivers. Combining the newest science with a wealth of clinical experience, the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry at Mount Sinai prioritizes providing treatment in an environment that respects each patient’s dignity and desire for independence.