Behavioral Health for Seniors

At Oak Street Health, our primary care doctors don’t focus on just your mind or just your body— they look at the whole person. Your mental, physical, and social well-being are closely linked and cannot be separated from one another. Learn more about what behavioral health looks like for seniors, and what kind of care you’ll get covered by your Medicare plan.

What Is Behavioral Health?

Behavioral health involves the connection between every aspect of your health, including mind, body, and spirit. A behavioral health therapist specializes in psychology, psychiatry, mental health counseling, behavioral therapy, or social work. These professionals provide counseling to patients dealing with challenges like addiction, physical limitations or mental illness.

Common Behavioral Health Conditions

Some of the common behavioral health issues for seniors that we treat at Oak Street Health include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep disorders

Behavioral health conditions are common and affect people of all ages and walks of life. If you’re experiencing challenges, know that you’re not alone.

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Understanding Your Behavioral Health

When looking at your behavioral health, your daily habits and behaviors are very important. These are the kind of questions our team at Oak Street Health might ask to better understand your behavioral health:

  • What are your daily routines?
  • Do you exercise?
  • What kind of foods do you eat?
  • What does your social support look like?
  • Have you struggled with any physical or mental health conditions in the past?

By getting the full picture of what your day-to-day routine looks like, we can create a holistic plan that addresses all of your needs.

The Behavioral Health Team at Oak Street Health

Some of our team members who focus on behavioral health include:

  • Primary care doctors
  • Behavioral health specialists
  • Social workers
  • Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners
  • Therapists and counselors

Your mental, physical, and social well-being are closely linked and cannot be separated from one another. You need to be strong and in balance for you to feel your best.

Should I Visit a Community Behavioral Health Center?

If you have any questions about whether you would benefit from behavioral health services, talk to a primary care physician. These symptoms are commonly associated with behavioral health conditions:

  • Feeling overwhelming sadness
  • Excessive worry or anxiety
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Loss of interest in once-enjoyable activities
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Frequent forgetfulness
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others

If you don’t have a primary care doctor, you can get connected with one at Oak Street, and this doctor will help you manage your overall health.

How to Find a Behavioral Health Center Near Me

To find a behavioral health specialist at a center near you in Philadelphia, click here. Our primary care physicians can also help determine which behavioral health providers you should meet, whether it’s a social worker to connect you to a food pantry, a nutritionist to help you understand how to fuel your body, or a counselor to talk through your feelings of helplessness.

What Treatments Are Offered at a Behavioral Health Center?

Everyone’s thoughts and circumstances affect them in a different way, so treatments for behavioral health conditions are highly individualized. They may include therapy or counseling, medication, and supportive services.

Seniors with chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and arthritis are more likely to have behavioral health concerns. Addressing these often makes it easier to manage your condition.

Using Insurance for Behavioral Health

At Oak Street Health, we accept most forms of Medicare and Medicaid. Most health insurance plans, including Medicare, offer coverage for behavioral healthcare or mental healthcare. If you need help signing up for Medicare, visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE.

One of the easiest ways to boost all aspects of your health is to be socially connected.

Stay Social for Better Behavioral Health

Older adults are especially at risk of feeling isolated and lonely due to life transitions. This can affect you in a variety of ways, from a weaker immune system to increased risk of dementia. Consider volunteering in your community, joining a book club, or finding a walking buddy.

If there’s anything preventing you from being social, such as trouble hearing or feelings of anxiety, make an appointment with Oak Street Health to access our behavioral health services.