Aging brings many joys – more time with family and freedom in retirement – but our older years can also bring difficult life transitions, including losing loved ones and stress from age-related health concerns.
The Senior Life Solutions program at MyMichigan Medical Center Gladwin, is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of older adults, typically ages 65 and older, struggling with symptoms of depression and anxiety often related to aging.
If you, or someone you know, have recently experienced any of the following, this program might be right for you:
- Recently experienced a traumatic event
- Loss a spouse or close family member
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty sleeping or changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of energy
- Feelings of sadness or grief lasting more than two weeks
- Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
Patients meet up to three times per week in a supportive, encouraging group setting following an individual assessment.
The program staff includes:
- A board-certified psychiatrist
- Licensed social workers
- A registered nurse
- Other professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the seniors in our community
Referrals to the program can be made by anyone, including a patient’s physician, family member, the patient themselves, or another healthcare professional. For more information, please call (989) 246-6339.
MyMichigan Medical Center Alma offers outpatient care, also known as the Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program.
Designed to help people cope with life, these services offer intensive help for an individual with a psychiatric diagnosis who needs a level of care greater than weekly sessions, but does not require the 24-hour supervised care of an inpatient program.
Patient treatment teams include psychiatrists, masters-level therapists, nurse practitioners and registered nurses.
Daily outpatient services can address these and other problems:
- Issues of grief and loss, marriage and relationships, family-of-origin, self-esteem, codependency
- Management of depression, anxiety or anger
- Management of medication
- Relaxation techniques
- Communication and coping skills
- Problem solving
The program offers a safe, structured and supportive environment, with:
- Goals designed for each individual
- Confidentiality carefully guarded
- Licensed, experienced and competent therapists, nurses and psychiatrists
- A daily schedule that includes psychotherapeutic group sessions, psychoeducational sessions, and individual or family therapy, as needed.
- Access to a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner for up to one hour each week for consultation or medication review
- Help in coordinating plans that address the patient's life problems
For referral information call (989) 466-3253 or (800) 392-7652.
MyMichigan accepts a range of commercial insurances, including Blue Cross, APS, and ConnectCare, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. To discuss specific insurance acceptance, call (989) 466-3253.