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Nov 18 2014

NYIT Celebrates International Education Week

Nov 10 2014

Men’s Soccer Wins ECC Championship with 1-0 Victory over LIU Post

Nov 07 2014

Dr. Jerry Balentine New Vice President for Medical Affairs and Global Health

Nov 07 2014

NYIT Management Students Advance to Fed Challenge Semi-Finals

Nov 04 2014

NYIT’s STEAM Career Fair Links Students to Employers

Dec 01 2014

Job Search Strategies

Dec 01 2014

Head in the Cloud? Protecting Your Privacy in a Mobile World

Dec 01 2014

Give ‘Em the Business: Resources for Management Students

Dec 02 2014

“Year of Turkey 2014” - Conference: Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry-A Global Perspective

Dec 02 2014

School of Engineering & Computing Sciences Graduate Info Session

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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