Offering ketamine-assisted therapy for senior health issues to those age 65 and over.
Seniors in the United States face many mental and physical health issues that prevent them from enjoying life and maintaining relationships with those around them. Nearly 25% of older adults suffer from depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. Millions of people aged 65 and older deal with pain caused by chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and orthopedic injuries.
If you are an older American dealing with any of these mental health or medical conditions, or you’re a senior caregiver, it’s important to know there are treatments available to improve seniors’ quality of life.
Transcend Health Solutions offers ketamine-assisted therapy for senior health issues to those age 65 and over. We provide seniors with ketamine infusion therapy and access to licensed mental health professionals to assist them in managing chronic pain, improving mental health, and enhancing memory and cognitive functioning.
Seniors’ most common health problems are depression, anxiety, and pain caused by chronic diseases. The following conditions disproportionately affect seniors, causing mental and physical harm:
Notably, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 66% of cancer diagnoses come from people 60 and over, making it one of the leading health issues for the age group. Ketamine assisted psychotherapy will reduce cancer related pain and can improve mental health so that patients actively participate in treatment and develop healthy lifestyle habits.
Unfortunately, health care received by most seniors fails to address the long-term consequences seniors face when living with chronic mental and physical health conditions.
The mainstream approach to disease control and prevention among seniors typically includes prescribing a slew of powerful and dangerous medications. This is problematic for a variety of reasons.
Specifically, older Americans may struggle to afford long-term medication, fail to take medication consistently, or suffer unwanted side effects. Also, many medications cause negative side effects that lead seniors to become sedentary and at greater risk of falling.
Ketamine-assisted therapy is a treatment approach that utilizes ketamine, a substance proven to decrease symptoms of chronic pain and mood disorders, to help those suffering from depression, anxiety, and bodily discomfort.
At Transcend, we use ketamine IV infusions, coupled with psychotherapy, to ensure our patients receive the full benefits of the treatment approach.
Ketamine-assisted therapy is ideal for managing seniors’ health issues. Our approach addresses the physical symptoms of senior health conditions and provides cognitive therapy to improve mental health conditions. Double Click to Edit
Ketamine works by adjusting neurotransmitters that cause feelings of depression and anxiety. It also increases BDNF, a brain protein that can help repair damage brought on by chronic pain and stress. Ketamine has also been shown to decrease inflammation in the brain, leading to improved mood and less pain throughout the body.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach that allows seniors to address negative thinking patterns that keep them trapped in feelings of anxiety and depression. Addressing these beliefs in conjunction with the physical effects of ketamine can shift their thinking and help them live more contentedly.
In sum, Ketamine disrupts negative thought patterns temporarily by interrupting certain chemicals in the brain and providing an opportunity for new thought pathways to form. This phenomenon can be enhanced through conjoint psychotherapy.
When you choose ketamine infusion treatment with Transcend, you can expect compassionate care and highly effective treatment methods. For your convenience, we also offer treatment at home, which can be especially helpful for seniors who have limited mobility or transportation options.
The following are common areas of concern for seniors who choose ketamine therapy and what to expect when you come in for treatment.
Before treatment, our staff will thoroughly prepare you for the session. On the day you are scheduled to receive an infusion, do not eat or drink for at least three hours before the appointment. Also, ensure you have a ride home as it is not advisable to drive or walk alone after treatment.
As part of your intake, we assess any medications you are currently taking. Most medications have no negative interactions with ketamine; however benzodiazepines, stimulants, and a handful of others may need to be adjusted before treatment.
The infusion session takes between 30 to 45 minutes, with 45 minutes of psychotherapy afterward. Ketamine is unique in how it works with the body; therefore, you can expect to see lasting improvement in your pain levels and mental health within five to six sessions. Some seniors with chronic discomfort may have to come back every three to six weeks for follow-up sessions to manage their pain.
After your infusion, you can expect to feel mildly disorientated for a few hours. You may also experience an elevated heart rate or nausea. These side effects should only last for a short time and are generally only experienced during the infusion itself. When administered in a clinical setting at the correct dosage, ketamine treatment shows no other long or short-term side effects in most patients.
If you or a loved one is facing senior health issues like chronic pain or mood disorders that negatively affect your quality of life, consider ketamine-assisted therapy with Transcend Health Solutions. Our highly-trained staff can answer your questions about ketamine infusion therapy and get you scheduled for an intake.
Call us at (512) 522-6833 or reach out online to set up a free phone consultation.
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Almost all side effects are short-term and immediately subside after the infusion is discontinued. They may include: elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate and nausea. Nausea, elevated blood pressure and heart rate are easily managed through IV medications during the session should these arise. Most patient who do not eat for three hours prior to the session will not experience nausea.
Long term, the only documented side effect is Bladder Cystitis, but this was achieved from recreational dosing that is administered in far greater volume and frequency than in a medical setting. No medically facilitated Ketamine clinic has ever reported a patient contracting this disorder under appropriate care.
During your medical intake, we will determine if you need to alter your medication regime prior to treatment. There are only a few medications that should be altered prior to initiating treatment. For instance, stimulant medications, benzodiazepines, and medications like Lamictal may need to be held or adjusted prior to treatment.
Ketamine is an extremely safe medication, but it may cause nausea in a small percentage of patients. For this reason, we request that you don't eat or drink anything within 3 hours of your infusion time.
After a ketamine infusion, it is normal to feel somewhat tired or loopy for several hours. It would be unsafe to drive after a session so we do require that you arrange a family/friend to pick you up or utilize a taxi or other ride service.
At Transcend, it is our goal to have this treatment be a short term intervention for you. The majority of our patient will reach sub clinical levels of distress after an average of 5-6 sessions. The majority of our patients discharge after these session and do not require any form of maintenance therapy.
Because you are taking a sedative, YOU CANNOT DRIVE AFTER THE TREATMENT. You must arrange for someone to pick you up, otherwise you will not receive a treatment.
For chronic pain treatment, it is more difficult to keep baseline pain levels down and flair-ups without maintenance infusions ongoing. The majority of patients with chronic pain will do sessions every 3-6 weeks to keep the pain reduced.
You can expect to be at the clinic for approximately 2 hours. There are many factors that influence the length of the infusion but most patients will receive a 35-45 minute ketamine infusion. Your Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy trained therapist and medical provider will be by your side throughout your entire time in the clinic.
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