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Aug 27 2014

NYIT Architecture Professor Helps Illuminate Burning Man Festival

Aug 26 2014

PA Grads Attain High Pass Rate on National Exam

Aug 19 2014

NYIT Cybersecurity Conference 2014

Aug 18 2014

NYIT and Turkish Partner YTU Offer Dual Master’s Degrees

Aug 08 2014

Student-Doctors Begin NYIT Osteopathic Medical Education

Aug 29 2014

Domestic Residential New Student Orientation - Old Westbury

Sep 02 2014

New MFA Graduate Student Orientation

Sep 04 2014

Women’s Soccer vs. New Haven

Sep 05 2014

Career Services Welcome Back Breakfast

Sep 05 2014

Career Services Welcome Breakfast

Geroposium

The NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics organizes yearly Geroposiums on mental health and aging. Older Americans comprise nearly 13 percent of the U.S. population. However, their use of inpatient and outpatient mental health services falls far short of expectations. The elderly account for only 7 percent of all psychiatric admissions, 6 percent of community mental health services, and 9 percent of private psychiatric care. And while it is estimated that 18-25 percent of older people are in need of mental health care for depression, anxiety, psychosomatic disorders, adjustment to aging, and schizophrenia, it is shocking to find that Medicare spends less than 3 percent of its reimbursement nationwide on psychiatric treatment. Given such statistics, it is easy to see why seniors are an overlooked and underserved population when it comes to mental health needs.

There are many factors related to this apparent state of apathy and indifference:

  • Stigma
  • Ageism
  • Fragmented service delivery
  • Reimbursement shortcomings and disparities
  • Relative lack of national attention

Past Geroposiums

2012 Mental Health and Aging Forum

2010 Overlooked and Underserved: Seniors in Need of Mental Health Services … Linking the Medical Care and Mental Health Systems

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