Life expectancy in the United States has increased significantly, from 49 years in 1900 to 77 years in 2020. Like the rest of the nation, Maine’s residents are aging. In fact, Maine remains the “oldest” state in the union, with an average age of 44.9 years, higher than any other state. In 2021, 21% of Maine’s population was 65 or older.
Later life is a time of transitions, with increased vulnerability to losses and illnesses that can lead to challenging changes in emotion, and behavior, as well as in memory and other cognitive abilities. Our care team’s goals are to identify the nature and causes of these common challenges, to use the most effective treatments available to help restore mental health, and to discover strategies to enhance resilience and better manage the distinctive stressors of later life. As the only multi-disciplinary specialized psychiatric practice for geriatric individuals in Maine, we support and treat a large section of a growing population.
As part of the MaineHealth Behavioral Health network, Maine Medical Center’s Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic is committed to providing integrated treatment by
- Caring for our community
- Educating and Training tomorrow's caregivers by serving as a training site for future behavioral health providers and therapists. As an affiliate of Tufts Medical School, the Clinic provides patient care experiences and clinical teaching to medical students. The Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic is a training site for Geriatric Medicine Fellowship physicians. The Clinic offers training and supervision to master’s level social work interns, and psychology trainees,
- Researching new ways to provide care
Maine Medical Center's Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Service provides timely assessments, expert evaluation and treatment to individuals who experience psychiatric or co-occurring substance-abuse disorders.
We embrace a recovery based philosophy of care, partnering with patients and their families to optimize quality of life. We achieve this by:
- Providing comprehensive, coordinated team based care.
- Providing treatment that is informed by outcomes and evidence.
- Committing to ongoing education and professional development of staff and trainees.
- Embracing research as an integral part of our work.
- Evaluating and allocating resources to meet defined patient population and trainee needs.
- Engaging in continuous process and quality improvement as part of our culture.
- Using technologies to maximize safety and efficiency
Our Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry’s highly experienced multidisciplinary team includes:
- Board Certified Psychiatrists
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Nurses
- Licensed Psychologists
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers
- Psychiatric Assistants
Outpatient Geriatric Clinic provides an array services to support individuals and their families experiencing later-in-life psychiatric challenges:
- Psychiatric Evaluation
- Medication Management
- Recommendations for Psychiatric Treatment
- Individual Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Telehealth Psychiatry & Therapy
Our expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. We take pride in assisting local primary care physicians in delivering safe and effective mental health treatment, with the best outcomes for their patients.
These professionals can call on us for the following services:
- Diagnosing Psychiatric Issues
- Confirming Psychiatric and Addiction Diagnoses