JSSC Provides Cognitive Therapy to Seniors Struggling with Depression and Anxiety
- Risk to Seniors When Emotional Disorders are Not Treated
- Overview of Cognitive Therapy with Seniors
- Coverage for Cognitive Therapy
Risk to Seniors When Emotional Disorders are Not Treated
Depression is the most commonly diagnosed mental illness in seniors over age 65 according to the American Psychiatric Association. Mental illness is often under diagnosed and can be confused with other chronic health conditions.
Some signs to look for are changes in eating, sleeping and previous activity routines. An untreated mental illness such as depression may quickly affect a senior’s physical health and lead to dehydration and an increase in mental confusion and delirium among other risks. Unfortunately untreated depression has lead to suicide. Males over age 85 have the highest rate of suicide among all the age groups.Return to top
Overview of Cognitive Therapy with Seniors
Cognitive Therapy is an active, directive and time-limited therapy. It is problem focused and involves examination of thinking processes that have trapped the individual in a downward spiral.
Aspects of Validation and Reminiscence are also incorporated with the Cognitive Therapy. The senior takes an active roll along with the therapist in seeking a decrease in symptoms of their disorder and regaining a sense of purpose and mastery of this important last stage of their lives.Return to top
Coverage for Cognitive Therapy
Medicare Part B authorizes payment for therapy provided by a Licensed Clinical Social WorkerReturn to top