Testing for seniors

Patient Information for Seniors

We all want to support our elderly loved ones’ desires to remain independent and have a high quality of life. We also want them to be safe and get the help they need. With aging comes unique challenges, and in the lives of some older adults there can come a time when it may be difficult to meet these challenges and to deal with everyday demands. When this is the case, obtaining a geriatic assessment can help shed light on what may be happening and what can be done for help.

Signs to consider in making a decision to have an assessment include one or more of the following:

Here are some of the symptoms to look for:

Once testing is complete, a report is written that outlines the results of testing, and discusses recommendations targeting areas of need. A detailed set of treatment recommendations and referrals are provided to enable you to address problem areas.

  • Anger outbursts, argumentativeness, irritability, hostility, or aggressive behavior
  • Depressed or anxious mood
  • Diminished energy, interest, or motivation
  • Disorganization or hoarding behavior
  • Frequent fears about death or having wishes to die
  • Helplessness, hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Increased insecurity or fear or being alone
  • Loneliness, isolation, or withdrawal
  • Mood swings, agitation, or personality changes
  • Regressive behavior or over-dependence
  • Suspiciousness, paranoia, delusional thinking, or hallucinations