Early Intervention Services for Older Adults (EISOA 2017 – Please click for flyer PDF)
There has been an increase in the risk of developing mental health disorders, neurological disorders, substance abuse problems as well as physical illness or disability in older adults. Older adults in the community may experience isolation and barriers to accessing and/or receiving services because of any of the following characteristics: language, culture, race, ethnicity, economic status, religious beliefs, age, sexual orientation, abilities, disability, literacy. Additional factors that can result in isolation, loss of independence, loneliness and psychological distress include life events such as bereavement, a disability or a change in socioeconomic status due to retirement. Mental health and physical health are also becoming increasingly intertwined with a higher risk for depression with physical health conditions and an increased risk for such conditions including ischemic heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, chronic lung disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease with clinically significant depression. Older adults are also vulnerable to elder abuse in in the form of physical or financial abuse, neglect or maltreatment especially those with a limited social support system.
The Early Intervention Services for Older Adults Program has trained, culturally and linguistically competent professionals including licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers, and translators who provide a wide range of services to older adults above the age of 60. Upon identification of eligible individuals, professionals conduct home visits to engage and establish one-on-one relationships with individuals. Targeted interventions for social isolation, age-associated chronic diseases including behavioral and mental health, neurological and substance use disorders, support groups, and community resources are provided through referrals to community agency providers serving various ethnic communities.
The Goals of the Early Intervention Services for Older Adults Program are to:
- Identify older adults (age 60 and older) who are:
- Experiencing early onset of a behavioral health condition or;
- Those who are at risk of a behavioral health condition due to being isolated or;
- Those who are unserved/underserved who have not sought out services due to the stigma associated with behavioral health conditions, and/or cultural/linguistic barriers
- Prevent the onset of behavioral health conditions through providing outreach, social support, and treatment to older adults as identified above
- Creating and fostering healthy and integrated lifestyles; promoting healthy and active aging
- Improve levels of socialization and functioning, mental health status, and quality of life