In New York State alone, the number of adults age 65 or older will almost double from 2.5 million in 2016 to 4 million by 2030, and the number of elderly patients with mental illness is expected to rise from 495,000 to 772,000 by that time. But fewer than 50 geriatric psychiatrists are graduating from domestic schools each year. Treating depression, dementia and other mental health issues in the geriatric population presents unique challenges for professionals in the field. Hear from Michael Hasselberg, Ph.D., RN, PMHNP-BC, director of telepsychiatry and director, Project ECHO, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), who is leading innovative telehealth efforts to provide mental health treatment to elderly patients in rural areas.
Director of Telepsychiatry and Director, Project ECHO®,
University of Rochester Medical Center
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