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All too often along with getting older also comes depression. The good news is help is available.

Currently Rush Hospital is overseeing more than ten programs that target this in East Mississippi. Designed to help senior citizens combat depression and anxiety, the intensive outpatient program through senior care provides counseling and social interaction for seniors.

"The patients say a lot of times people stop associating with them and ignore them and that's when the depression takes over," says Tammy Frapp who is the director for the Senior Care Program at Rush. “We usually have one or two on our waiting list. Usually when they're admitted to the program they are in our program for six months."

During that time program participants meet three times a week where group therapy sessions are held.

"And we talk about a wide range of things from depression to anxiety even to the simplest of things like my grandson has taken over my finances and how do I cop with that?" says therapist Kristi Crane.

Aside from therapy sessions, for three hours, three days a week participants take part in other social activities. With a total of 11 sites in Morton, Forest, Union, Philadelphia, Collinsville, Quitman, Waynesboro and Meridian, the program even provides transportation for participants.

"You would be amazed how much this helps. It is important for your social life. It's important for your mental health to have those cognitive processes going on."

"After 6 months we reevaluate them to see if they need to continue with treatment. If they do not, we discharge them and we admit someone else."

For more information on the Intensive Outpatient Program through Senior Care at Rush, call (601) 703-1464.


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