Bridges Senior Program

Bridge icon with cambridge logo The Bridges Program at Cambridge Behavioral Hospital offers both voluntary and involuntary comprehensive treatment designed to meet the specific needs of adults over 55 years old suffering from serious psychiatric and/or addiction issues. Older adults are an at risk group for mental health problems as well as addiction issues also known as dual diagnosis. Medications and addiction can amplify mental health problems. With these challenges in mind Cambridge Behavioral Hospital’s Bridges program can be a resource to helping your loved one become healthy once again.

The Bridges Program is Cambridge Behavioral Hospital’s answer to these issues. We are devoted to making sure your loved one spends their golden years enjoying all life has to offer, while managing their mental illness and/or addiction.

The National Institute of Mental Health Reports:

CDC’s Frequent Mental Distress Survey Chart – Complete report can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/mental_health.pdf

Older adults are at risk for suicide, too. While older adults were the demographic group with the highest suicide rates for decades, suicide rates for middle aged adults have increased to comparable levels (ages 24-62). Among those age 65+, white males comprise over 80% of all late life suicides.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Association of Chronic Disease Director Reports:

  • It is estimated that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern. The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder).
  • Older adults with depression visit the doctor and emergency room more often, use more medication, incur higher outpatient charges, and stay longer in the hospital
  • In 2006, adults age 50–64 reported more current depression and lifetime diagnosis of depression than adults age 65 or older (9.4% compared with 5.0% for current depressive symptoms and 19.3% compared with 10.5% for lifetime diagnosis of depression, respectively).

Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Reports:

  • In the next 15-20 years the population of older adults will double.
  • 2-4% of the elderly meet current criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence.
  • An additional 10-15% of the elderly meet criteria for at-risk drinking.
  • Concurrent depression and alcohol use increases in prevalence with age.
  • Past history of addictive disorders may increase the vulnerability to central nervous system disorders such as dementia and depression in late life.
CDC Full Report
Download the full report from the CDC in PDF format.

The Bridges Program is Cambridge Behavioral Hospital’s answer to these issues. We are devoted to making sure your loved one spends their golden years enjoying all life has to offer, while managing their mental illness and/or addiction.

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