RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS
MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION: OLDER ADULTS
AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
The Four D’s of Suicide Risk in Older Adults
Dr. Yeates Conwell, Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program Director, Center for Study and Prevention of Suicide, University of Rochester Medical Center talks about the four D’s that contribute to suicide risk in older adults.
The Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. Knowing that older people do not contact traditional suicide prevention centers on a regular basis even if they are considering suicide, the Institute created the only program nationwide that reaches out to lonely, depressed, isolated, frail and/or suicidal older adults. Trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed older adults.
The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls. For the 24-hour toll-free FRIENDSHIP LINE call 1-800-971-0016.
CENTER FOR ELDERLY SUICIDE PREVENTION (CESP)
Provides counseling, referrals, grief support programs, and even well-being checks for tens of thousands of older and disabled adults in California and beyond. The Friendship Line is a national helpline. However, outreach and other services are available only in the San Francisco Bay area at this time. For more information, please visit the website or call the Institute on Aging at 1-415-750-4111.
MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA: Preventing Suicide in Older Adults
Provides a fact sheet identifying the signs and risks for suicide in the age group with links to information on Medicare coverage for mental health services.
Helpguide’s mission is to help people understand, prevent and resolve many of life’s challenges by providing knowledge and hope. Their goal is to give individuals the information and encouragement they need to take charge of their health, well-being and make healthy choices. The website provides comprehensive information for mental and emotional health; family and relationships; healthy living; and seniors and aging.
The Suicide Prevention page provides an understanding of suicide for all populations, including the higher risk factors for teens and older adults, dispels misconceptions, identifies the warning signs, and offers guidance on how to help.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH “OLDER ADULTS AND MENTAL HEALTH”
Information, brochures, fact sheets, videos and links to federal resources for older adults and mental health.
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING
Information to help seniors with behavioral/mental health issues, economic security, healthy living including falls management, nutrition, chronic disease management.
Drugs.com is an independent medicine information website that aims “to empower patients with the knowledge to better manage their own healthcare and to improve consumer safety by assisting in the reduction of medication errors.”
Help Prevent Suicide in Older Adults — Article
An article that provides education on suicide risks, warning signs, and guidance for helping an older adult receive the attention and care they need.
SERVICES FOR OLDER ADULTS
SANTA CLARITA VALLEY
SCV SENIOR CENTER
Services include Adult Day Program, the only licensed adult day care program in the Santa Clarita Valley that specializes in the care and activities for adults with Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia, post-stroke, Parkinson’s or other conditions requiring assistance and supervision. Other services include Care Management; Caregiver Support; In-home Care; Senior Access; a package of services designed to aid and assist low to moderate-income populations age 50 and older who reside in the city of Santa Clarita, and who may be at risk of homelessness and or institutionalization; Telephone Reassurance provides daily phone contact (Monday – Friday) with homebound individuals who live alone; Elderly Nutrition Program; Health & Wellness Education & Clinics; and a Handyworker Program. Located at 27180 Golden Valley Road, Santa Clarita. Call (661) 259-9444
SCV SENIOR SHARED LIVING
SCV Senior Shared Living is a housing referral service for women, at least one of whom is age fifty-five or older. The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center offers this program, providing resources and help for women who have space in their home to share (the householder) and people seeking housing (the home seeker). Call (661) 259-9444; Email: [email protected] SCV Senior Center, 27180 Golden Valley Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
GREATER LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH OLDER ADULT SYSTEMS OF CARE
Links to agencies that provide mental health services including screening and assessment, case management services, individual and family treatment, and crisis intervention services. 1-800-854-7771
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, AGING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
HEALTH PROMOTION – Assistance preventing or better managing chronic conditions. Learn techniques and strategies to prevent or mitigate the effects of chronic diseases including osteoporosis, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
HOME & COMMUNITY SERVICES - Enables older adults to access services that support healthy living and promote independence. Together, these services promote older adults’ ability to maintain the highest possible levels of function, participation, and dignity in the community.
COMMUNITY BASED ADULT SERVICES - Provides services to older adults and adults with chronic medical, cognitive, or behavioral health conditions and/or disabilities that make them at risk of needing institutional care. 18 years of age or older who meet specific medical necessity and are currently eligible for Medi-Cal under a qualifying primary Medi-Cal aid code.
Programs promote healthier living through alcohol and substance abuse reduction, smoking cessation, weight loss and control, stress management, fall prevention, and managing depression. Call (213) 738-4004.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES
A system of in-person response to reports of abuse and self-neglect about developmentally disabled adults, physically and mentally disabled adults, and the elderly who may be victims of abuse. Elder Abuse Hotline Call 1-877-4R SENIORS (1-877-477-3646). Long Term Care Related Reports Call 1-800-334-9473
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF AGING
Administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. These services are provided locally by the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), Medi-Cal Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) centers, or other contracted agencies. available to those over 60 years of age, regardless of income level.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF LOS ANGELES
Field Capable Clinical Service: Older Adult Mental Health Services (FCCS)/DMH - in-home and community based mental health services including psychotherapy, medication prescription/monitoring and case management for adults age 55 and above. Clients must meet the low-income requirements determined by the Department of Mental Health. Individuals with Medi-Cal, Medicare/Medi-Cal and low income with no insurance are eligible. Individuals with a Medicare HMO are not eligible. Services are provided at 12821 Victory Boulevard North Hollywood, CA 91606. They are nonsectarian and available in English, Russian, Farsi, Hebrew, and Spanish. (818) 432-5025.
Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) is a nonsectarian state-funded program which provides a community-based alternative to nursing home care for frail older adults. MSSP provides and purchases services for eligible clients and their families that enable clients to remain in their homes. Nurses and social workers coordinate complete plans of care, arrange and purchase services which assist clients to remain at home safely and independently. (818) 765-0530.
A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. Call 1-800-677-1116
MEALS ON WHEELS
Meals on Wheels is the only federally supported program designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors. Frequent in-home visits provide unique opportunities to meet nutritional needs, combat social isolation, address safety hazards and provide holistic care.
A PLACE FOR MOM
A Place for Mom helps seniors and their families find senior care and housing based on their unique needs and budget. It is the largest senior living referral service in cities across the U.S. and Canada. A Place for Mom provides referrals to senior living communities within a network and is paid by those senior living communities and care providers so our service is provided to consumers at no charge. Call 866-581-0936
- Connecting families to senior living - https://www.aplaceformom.com/
- Blog post “10 Symptoms of Mental Illness in the Elderly” - https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2013-10-7-mental-illness-in-the-elderly/
RESOURCES FOR HEALTH LIVING
AARP (AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PEOPLE)
U.S. based interest group whose stated mission is “to empower people to choose how they live as they age.”
AMAC (ASSOCIATION OF MATURE CITIZENS)
Benefits, products, and services for seniors.
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING
Empowering older adults to live healthier. Programs give older adults the knowledge and tools to prevent falls, manage chronic conditions and improve their lives.
Volunteers age 55+ use the skills and talents they’ve learned over the years and develop new ones while serving their communities through Senior Corps programs, through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs enriching the lives of the volunteers and benefiting their communities.
EngAGED (THE NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER FOR ENGAGING OLDER ADULTS)
Promotes and provides opportunities to improve the rates of social engagement in older adults because remaining socially engaged improves quality of life and is associated with better health.
RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS AND SENIOR FACILITIES
CAREGIVER ACTION NETWORK
A grassroots organization that was created to educate, support and empower people who care for loved ones who are chronically ill, aging or disabled.
SeniorsMatter.com is an online community dedicated through our virtual platforms to enhancing the knowledge, efficiency and effectiveness of senior caregivers by providing objective information, guidance, training and the latest developments in senior caregiving.
Article: Suicide Rates in the Elderly — Presents research, identifies possible causes, and recommendations for helping.
Resources for Senior Living Communities and Senior Centers
Information and articles regarding older adults and suicide including:
- PROMOTING EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND PREVENTING SUICIDE: A TOOLKIT FOR SENIOR CENTERS - https://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/promoting-emotional-health-and-preventing-suicide-toolkit-senior-centers
- PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE ACTIVE, REWARDING LIVES (PEARLS) -intervention for adults and older adults with a depression or dysthymia diagnosis, aims to reduce symptoms of depression and suicidal ideation and improve quality of life, delivered in six to eight 50-minute sessions by a trained health or social service professional (e.g., social worker, nurse, case manager) in the client's home or other community-based setting. Sessions are initially held weekly and become less frequent over a four- to five-month period. - https://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/program-encourage-active-rewarding-lives-pearls