Specialized Treatment Approach for Seniors (65+)

Acadia Healthcare’s international network of treatment facilities provides multiple types and levels of age-appropriate care for senior adults who have been struggling with all types of mental and behavioral health disorders, including substance use. Senior adults can receive comprehensive, personalized care at facilities throughout the Acadia network.

Age-Appropriate Treatment for Senior Adults

Changes in memory, ability to think, mood, sleep patterns, and energy levels can be common parts of the aging process. But when senior adults experience symptoms that cause significant distress or lead to functional impairments, a mental health disorder may be to blame.

Mental and behavioral health challenges can impact individuals of all ages and genders. Older adults and senior citizens are not immune to the risk of behavioral health concerns.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 20% of adults age 55 and older experience at least one type of mental health disorder. Depression, anxiety disorders, and dementia are the most common mental and neurological challenges experienced by older adults. Millions of senior adults also struggle with substance use disorders and addiction.

Some senior adults have been living with a mental and behavioral health disorder for many years, even decades. Others may experience the onset of mental and behavioral health challenges later in life. In both cases, factors such as age, life experiences, quality of personal support, treatment history, and physical or medical challenges can affect how an older adult is impacted by a mental and behavioral health concern. These influences must also be taken into account when developing effective treatment plans for older adults.
Many facilities within Acadia Healthcare’s international network offer comprehensive, personalized mental and behavioral health services for senior adults. Depending on the facility, services for senior adults may include age-appropriate therapeutic activities, specialized treatment tracks, or dedicated programs.

Some facilities accept individuals age 55 and older into programming for senior adults. Other facilities limit these programs to adults ages 65 and older. Still others have flexible age ranges, accepting individuals into either adult or senior adult programs based on which treatment environment is best for them.

Effective Personalized Services for Senior Adults

At facilities within the Acadia network, personalized treatment is a hallmark of care for individuals of all ages. For senior adults, personalized, age-appropriate treatment for mental and behavioral health disorders can lead to considerable improvements in a person’s daily quality of life.

Factors such as age, medical history, life experiences, previous treatment, and personal support can have a significant influence on the nature and severity of the symptoms that a senior adult is experiencing. Many senior adults have experienced grief and loss. Retirement, relocation, and changes in financial or social status can also have a considerable impact on mental and behavioral health. It’s vital to incorporate these and other relevant factors into the senior adult’s personalized treatment plan. Acadia facilities that offer focused treatment for senior adults are prepared to identify and address all issues that may have contributed to or exacerbated a senior adult’s mental and behavioral health struggles.

Depending on the results of a thorough admissions assessment, effective personalized treatment for older adults may include an array of customized interventions, such as detoxification, medication management services, basic medical support, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, experiential therapies, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, education sessions, 12-Step education and support, alternative recovery models, assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), and other services as needed.

Levels of Care Offered Through the Acadia Network

In addition to conducting a thorough assessment and developing a personalized plan, it’s also essential to determine which level or levels of care are right for senior adults who have been struggling with mental and behavioral health challenges. The Acadia network offers the following options:

Inpatient treatment: Short-term treatment (usually 5-7 days), featuring intensive services for older adults who are experiencing a mental and behavioral health crises, with the goal of helping them achieve stabilization.

Residential treatment: A longer length of stay (can be weeks or months), featuring round-the-clock care and a wide range of therapeutic interventions to delay or reverse the progression of symptoms.

Partial hospitalization program (PHP): Full days of structured treatment, typically Mondays to Fridays, with participants returning home or to an alternative residence in the evenings and on weekends.

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP): Shorter daily treatment schedules, usually emphasizing group therapy, with options to attend two to four days of treatment per week.

Traditional outpatient services: Individual, group, or family sessions, scheduled at the frequency that’s best for the senior adult.

Learn More

To learn more about the comprehensive, personalized mental and behavioral health treatment for senior adults, contact a local Acadia facility today. Personnel at all treatment facilities in the Acadia network will be happy to provide you with the answers that you need so you can make the most informed decisions for yourself or on behalf of a senior adult in your family.

Below are facilities that provide Treatment for Seniors near you
  • Structure House

    Structure House

    3017 Pickett Rd
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919) 351-8293

    • Facility Type

      • Weight Management
    • Ages Treated

      • Adults (Ages 18+)
      • Seniors (Ages 65+)
    • Disorders & Addictions Treated

      • Mental Health Disorders
      • Weight Management
    • Levels of Care

      • Residential
    • Services Provided

      • Behavioral Therapies
      • Experiential Therapies
      • Group Therapy
      • Individual Therapy
      • Integrative Therapies
    • Payments Accepted

      • Self-Pay
  • Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center

    Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center

    176 Lassiter Homestead Rd
    Durham, NC 27713
    (919) 759-6077

    • Facility Type

      • Residential Mental Health Facility
    • Ages Treated

      • Adults (Ages 18+)
      • Seniors (Ages 65+)
    • Disorders & Addictions Treated

      • Behavioral Disorders
      • Eating Disorders
      • Mental Health Disorders
      • Mood Disorders
      • Substance Abuse & Addictions
    • Levels of Care

      • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
      • Residential
      • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
    • Services Provided

      • Experiential Therapies
      • Family Therapy
      • Group Therapy
      • Individual Therapy
    • Specialty Tracks & Services

      • Co-Occurring
      • Eating Disorder Recovery
      • Female-Only
      • LGBTQ+
      • Male-Only
    • Payments Accepted

      • Commercial Insurance
      • Self-Pay
  • Bowling Green Brandywine Treatment Center

    Bowling Green Brandywine Treatment Center

    1375 Newark Rd
    Kennett Square, PA 19348
    (610) 347-5608

    • Facility Type

      • Residential Substance Abuse Facility
    • Ages Treated

      • Adults (Ages 18+)
    • Disorders & Addictions Treated

      • Mental Health Disorders
      • Substance Abuse & Addictions
    • Levels of Care

      • Detoxification
      • Inpatient
      • Residential
      • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
    • Services Provided

      • Experiential Therapies
      • Family Therapy
      • Group Therapy
      • Individual Therapy
    • Specialty Tracks & Services

      • Co-Occurring
    • Payments Accepted

      • Commercial Insurance
      • Medicaid
      • Medicare
      • Self-Pay
  • Wilmington Treatment Center

    Wilmington Treatment Center

    2520 Troy Dr
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 758-2023

    • Facility Type

      • Residential Substance Abuse Facility
    • Ages Treated

      • Adults (Ages 18+)
    • Disorders & Addictions Treated

      • Mental Health Disorders
      • Mood Disorders
      • Substance Abuse & Addictions
    • Levels of Care

      • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
      • Detoxification
      • Inpatient
      • Residential
      • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
    • Services Provided

      • Experiential Therapies
      • Family Therapy
      • Group Therapy
      • Individual Therapy
    • Specialty Tracks & Services

      • Active Military & Veteran
      • Co-Occurring
      • Trauma-Based
    • Payments Accepted

      • Commercial Insurance
      • Self-Pay
    • Placement Services

      • Military & Family Support Services
  • Mount Regis Center

    Mount Regis Center

    125 Knotbreak Rd
    Salem, VA 24153
    (540) 212-6079

    • Facility Type

      • Residential Substance Abuse Facility
    • Ages Treated

      • Adults (Ages 18+)
    • Disorders & Addictions Treated

      • Mental Health Disorders
      • Mood Disorders
      • Substance Abuse & Addictions
    • Levels of Care

      • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
      • Detoxification
      • Inpatient
      • Residential
      • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
    • Services Provided

      • Experiential Therapies
      • Family Therapy
      • Group Therapy
      • Individual Therapy
    • Specialty Tracks & Services

      • Co-Occurring
    • Payments Accepted

      • Commercial Insurance
      • Self-Pay

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