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Older Adults Program

The Natchaug Hospital Adult Program serves men and women ages 55 and older* struggling with mental illness or substance abuse. Treatment is designed to address the unique needs and challenges faced by older adult patients in a group therapy environment.

Natchaug offers a holistic approach to treatment with multiple ways to engage clients in the treatment process. Older adults in the program will participate in a number of treatment approaches with a primary focus on intensive group therapy. Groups are primarily education, experiential and didactic with topics such as:

  • Stress management
  • Loss resolution
  • Life skill development
  • Relapse prevention
  • Medication education
  • Chronic illness management

In addition, older adults in the program may participate in:

  • Individual and family therapy sessions
  • Recreational and expressive therapies
  • Stress management
  • Development of coping skills
  • Medication management
  • Grief work and recovery
  • Patient education
  • Aftercare and discharge planning

Initial focus is to stabilize symptoms and immediate concerns. Treatment for older adults is short-term with a goal of improving overall functioning, assisting individuals in stepping-down to less intensive treatment. A holistic approach to treatment engages clients in the treatment process.

*Exceptions to the age range may be made based on need and assessment.

Contact us at 860.456.6793

Natchaug Hospital