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Jan 20 2015

NYIT Selected to Participate in Epicenter’s Pathways to Innovation Program

Jan 13 2015

NYIT Ranks Among 2015 U.S. News Best Online Programs

Dec 23 2014

Architecture and Medical Students Launch Global Competition for Healthy Designs

Dec 18 2014

BBC to Feature Home2(O) Project in News Segment

Dec 12 2014

NYIT Wins Grant to Develop STEM Programs

Mar 05 2015

Symposium: Main Street Forum, Robert Dadras

Mar 05 2015

SOHO Class of 2018 E-board Interest Meeting

Mar 06 2015

Twitter Geekout: Hang Out, Mess Around & Geek Out with the Library

Mar 06 2015

Faculty Writing Retreat

Mar 07 2015

Information 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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