Mental Health Resources for Older Adults

We thank our colleagues at Surrey Services for preparing this list of mental health resources for older adults in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.  For additional information about general mental health resources, please see the Behavioral Health Services section of our Guide to Resources for People with Mental Illness and Their Families.

ResourceAddress & Phone numberCountyWebsite Comments
Penn Memory Center at the Penn Neuroscience Center. Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine3400 Civic Center Boulevard
South Pavilion, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-662-7810
PhiladelphiaThis is the most widely used resource by our Surrey nurses and Care Managers for Geriatric Psychiatrists. The Penn Memory Center is a single, unified Penn Medicine source for those age 65 and older seeking evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, information, and research opportunities related to symptoms of progressive memory loss, and accompanying changes in thinking, communication and personality. We offer state-of-the-science diagnosis, treatment and research, focusing on individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and other age-related progressive memory disorders. The PMC is supported in part by the National Institute on Aging
Penn Geriatric PsychiatryRalston House, 3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3403
Phone: (215) 662-4508
PhiladelphiaLate life is a time of transitions, with increased vulnerability to losses and illnesses that can lead to problems in memory and other cognitive abilities, emotion, and behavior. Our goals are to identify the nature and causes of these common problems, to use the most advanced treatments to help restore mental health, and to discover strategies to enhance resilience against the distinctive stressors of late life.Under the direction of Dr. Steven Arnold, the Section for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Penn Memory Center together comprise an interdisciplinary center dedicated to aging and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Brandywine Hospital-Older Adult Behavioral Health201 Reeceville Road, Coatesville, PA 19320
Admissions Office: (610) 383-4980
Chesterhttp://www.brandywine
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Inpatient acute Older Adult-specific behavioral health unit for seniors in Crisis
Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center 1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320
Phone: 610-384-7711
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
Chester
Jefferson Hospital Geriatric Psychiatry Program1020 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669)
PhiladelphiaThe Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Jefferson offers inpatient services that are dedicated exclusively to caring for the unique psychiatric and neurological disorders of older adults. Our Program physicians will provide expert diagnosis and individualized state-of-the-art treatment for chronic age-related psychiatric, medical and neurological conditions such as depression, dementia, Parkinson's disease or stroke. Jefferson psychiatrists are highly experienced in treating patients with moderate and severe depression or significant dementia accompanied by anxiety, paranoia or aggression.
Friendship Line800-971-0016All CountyInstitute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. Our trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed older adults.
Main Line Health Senior Care Navigation line 484-580-1234All CountyMain Line Health is here to serve as your dedicated partner, offering access to an array of health care services and community-based resources. We are committed to serving seniors, their families and caregivers by providing free information and friendly assistance that meets your specific needs or preferences.
Philadelphia Area Older Adult Hoarding Task Force Under 60 years of age: 215-751-1800, 60 years of age and above: 215-545-5728Philadelphiahttp://www.philadelphiahoarding.org/Specializing in providing assistance and resources to Older Adults with potential hoarding issues. If you have questions regarding hoarding-related resources in the Philadelphia area, please call one of two information lines based on the age of the person with hoarding behaviors:
SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline 1-888-234-SAGEAll Countyhttp://www.sageusa.org/Can provide phone counseling, advocacy, and connections to local assistance for LGBTQ Seniors
Surrey Services for Seniors610-647-9172All Countyhttp://www.surreyservices.org/Can help with a large variety of resources including programs, meals, mental health resources, transportation and home health services.
Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter1-800-272-3900All CountyThe Delaware Valley Chapter is one of over 70 Alzheimer's Association chapters serving communities across the United States.
Telephone Reassurance Program, Offered by ELDERNET Of Lower Merion and Narberth Organization9 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Phone: 610-525-0706
Delaware“ElderNet's dedicated and friendly volunteers call homebound clients each day, including weekends and holidays, to check on their health and security. The volunteers then contact ElderNet to inform the staff that the clients are doing well, or, if necessary, need additional care. ElderNet keeps a log of all telephone reassurance calls and takes additional steps when needed to ensure the safety of our homebound clients.”
CareLink Community Support Services605 E. Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063
Phone: 610-874-1119
Delaware“Individuals over 50 living with mental illnesses face unique challenges in community living. Senior Supported Shared Living addresses the specialized needs of the individual. These services increase the potential for individuals to live active, satisfying lives in homes of their own.”
Horizon House 610-918-4907, ext. 150All Countyhttp://www.hhinc.org/
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Offers Peer Support Services, Groups, and activities for Older Adults with Mental Health needs
Human Services-Community Mental Health Services, Inc. 520 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335
(610) 873-3317 FAX
(610) 873-1005 Service/Intake
Blended Case Management
Hearing Loss Association of America the Chester County Chapter484-402-4907for those needing support groups or help dealing with hearing loss
Second Time Around ParentsContact: Tara Watts, LCSW, Phone: 610.566.7540 Ext. 240 E-Mail: twatts@fcsdc.orgDelawareSTAP is a program for grandparents (and other relative caregivers) raising their grandchildren due to parental drug and alcohol or mental health problems. Services include separate educational and support groups for grandparents and grandchildren, counseling/case management, a stop-in center for grandparents and opportunities for socialization for grandparents and their grandchildren.

Last updated in January, 2020.

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