At Zucker Hillside Hospital, we offer a number of services for geriatric patients in need of psychiatric care. If you or a loved one is a senior experiencing mood swings, nervousness, memory loss, anxiety, depression or difficulty concentrating, you can find help at our Geriatric Psychiatry Ambulatory Center or our Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Program.
Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Program
Our inpatient program oﬀers unique settings for older adults with behavioral health problems. For example, short-term hospitalization may be critical in the careful evaluation and treatment of late-life depression or agitation complicating Alzheimer’s disease.
The program is staffed by a multidisciplinary behavioral health team with special gerontological expertise. Patient populations include elders with late-life depression, psychotic disorders, medical/neurological illnesses with psychiatric symptom expression, and Alzheimer's disease or a related dementing condition with serious behavioral disturbances such as agitation, aggression, paranoia and mood abnormalities. Selected private rooms are available.
Geriatric Psychiatry Ambulatory Center
Our ambulatory center is home to several interacting and collaborating programs for older patients with psychiatric and/or neuropsychiatric disorders.
- The Geriatric Psychiatry Partial Hospital Program is designed to either avoid or shorten hospitalization through a several hours per day, five days per week intensive program, typically for two to six consecutive weeks. Multidisciplinary personnel provide individual and group sessions in a safe and supported alternative to inpatient geropsychiatric hospitalization for eligible patients. Transportation and lunch are provided. For Partial Hospital Program referrals or more information, please call (718) 470-8170.
- The Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Program offers comprehensive mental health services for older adults and their families. It also serves patients younger than 65 years with multiple diagnoses and/or problems. Over 12,000 current registrants receive pharmaco- and psycho-therapeutic care for diverse conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, dementia, anxiety disorders and adjustment reactions. A new behavioral cardiology service will operate in conjunction with this program.
- The Neuwirth Memory Disorders Program for Patients and Caregivers specially focuses on memory concerns from multidisciplinary perspectives in order to identify causes and most effective treatments. Psychosocial services for caregivers are prioritized as a critical component.
Collaborating services include Northwell’s extensive home care and hospice care networks; the Senior Recovery Program at the Mineola Community Treatment Center offering services for older individuals and their families struggling with alcohol, prescription and illicit drug use; and the Litwin-Zucker Research Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Memory Disorders offering sophisticated diagnostics and opportunities to participate in cutting-edge clinical investigations.