Geriatric Psychiatry Committee
Chair, Nery Diaz, D.O.

Committee Charge

  1. To encourage the participation of NYCPS members that are interested in geriatric psychiatry.
  2. To encourage and promote the continuing education within NYCPS related to geriatric psychiatry, including the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of older adults suffering from mental disorders.
  3. To foster collaboration among medical colleagues in the care of the older adult.
  4. To encourage medical students, and psychiatry residents to pursue fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry.
  5. To be available to the officers, executive council and other committee and task force members of the NYCPS for consultation on matters concerning the mental health of older adults, including matters of legislation and policy.
  6. To advocate for the development and implementation of health policies and programs that improve the care of older adults, minimize the stigma of aging, and enhance the quality of life for older adults in the county and the state of New York.
  7. To serve as a liaison between NYCPS and other geriatric mental health organizations in the city of New York.
  8. To promote and encourage the utilization of resources among agencies in the City of New York that are charged with the care of older adults.

*If you would like more information about this Committee, please contact us at [email protected].

The Opportunities and Challenges of Healthy Aging in NYC
February 21, 2023

Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation in COVID-19
March 10, 2021

Elder abuse cases can be complex with many situations involving multiple forms of abuse, relationships of trust between the victim and abuser, feelings of shame, self-blame, and fear in the older adult, and mental and physical health needs. COVID-19 has only increased the complexity. Many supports for older adults have transitioned to remote contact or have experienced closures. Mandated stay-at-home orders have increased isolation, new scams have emerged, and the loss of jobs has increased economic insecurity. Speakers from the NYC Elder Abuse Center/Weill Cornell Medicine discussed the current dynamics of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, how to identify elder abuse, and why a multi-disciplinary approach to elder abuse is important now more than ever.

Dina Patel, M.D., M.B.A.
Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist
Gramercy Psychiatry
Consultant to NYC Elder Abuse Center/Weill Cornell Medicine

Christina McGuire
Lawyer and Investigator, Elder Fraud Advisors
Consultant to NYC Elder Abuse Center/Weill Cornell Medicine

Ayana Mortley
Workshop Training Coordinator
NYC Elder Abuse Center/ Weill Cornell Medicine

Nery Diaz, D.O.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Irving Medical Center/ NY Presbyterian

Supporting the Caregiver
July 28, 2020

The caregiver is the lifeline of the older adult. Family caregivers often provide upwards of forty hours per week of non-paid essential services. Across the United States, the economic value of the work family caregivers perform is estimated at $470 billion a year. In 2017, there were an estimated 900,000 to 1.3 million unpaid caregivers in New York City. These staggering figures are expected to rise as the population ages. Caregivers often struggle to acknowledge needing services and support.

On July 28th, the NYCPS Geriatric Psychiatry Committee held an event, Supporting the Caregiver (see video below), to familiarize attendees with resources available to support the caregiver. The evening featured a family caregiver sharing their experience in caring for an older adult, a presentation by Ms. Carolina Hoyos, the Director of the Resource Center for Caregivers of the NYC Department of Aging, and a presentation by Dr. Edward Cisek, Chief Program Officer and Vice President at CaringKind NYC. The program concluded with a question and answer session, moderated by Dr. Nery Diaz, Chair of the Geriatric Psychiatry Committee.