Behavioral health care for seniors in Aurora

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Center at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) offers a comprehensive older adult and senior mental health program. We deliver individualized treatment strategies for older adults with emotional health stressors or symptoms that cannot be safely and adequately addressed on an outpatient basis.

For more information or to schedule an assessment, please contact our Behavioral Health and Wellness Center at (303) 360-3650.

The older adult and senior mental health program has the capacity to treat individuals who may have a medical condition in addition to any challenging emotions they may be experiencing.

Our physician-led, interdisciplinary treatment team has developed a program especially for seniors that integrates approaches supported by the latest clinical research and practices. Our program offers:

  • 24-hour nursing care
  • Assistance with daily living activities
  • Skilled team consisting of gerontologists, physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, therapists and technicians
  • Private rooms in a safe, comfortable environment
  • Recreation, pet and music therapies
  • Assessment/treatment of cognitive and functional decline due to depression, dementia, anxiety and/or substance use
  • Extensive network of community resources

Senior behavioral health conditions we treat

Some of the most common behavioral health symptoms we treat include:

  • Behavioral or emotional difficulties
  • Difficulty fully expressing emotion
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Feeling emotions more intensely
  • Feeling overwhelmed and directionless
  • Inability to care for oneself
  • Inability to focus
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Major changes in personality
  • Overcoming anxiety and sadness
  • Overcoming trauma
  • Reduced ability to manage stress
  • Self-injury
  • Social isolation and withdrawal
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Agitated behaviors
  • Assaultive behavior or ideas that pose a threat to others
  • Disorientation or hallucinations
  • Hearing voices and/or seeing things that are not there
  • Severe depression

An individualized plan of care

A mental health plan of care involves a mind, body and social evaluation of an individual. The focus of the plan is to support the recovery from a high impact life event and to significantly reduce the probability of mental health issues, while instilling mindfulness and resiliency to help achieve a balanced life. Our plan of care includes:

  • Active psychiatric treatment with 24-hour access to a psychiatrist
  • Medication administration and monitoring, as needed
  • An aftercare plan linked to the presenting behaviors that resulted in the admission and that addresses post-hospitalization needs
  • Ensuring family and individual support systems are an active part of the treatment team to foster positive outcomes
  • Ongoing contact with personal caretakers, medical caretakers and the facility (when appropriate for purposes of aftercare planning)

Comprehensive approach to mental health care

Our behavioral health services empower patients by helping them develop coping mechanisms designed to improve their daily life skills. Our specialists craft an individualized health program specifically tailored to fit your or a loved one’s unique needs. We work tirelessly to ensure every patient leaves our clinic with the tools and techniques necessary to tackle life.

We begin by building a community of support around you as soon as you enter our care. Upon admission to the program, patients undergo a comprehensive psychiatric and physical assessment, after which an individual behavioral health treatment plan is developed. These often include one or more of our therapy services (group, physical, recreational and occupational), as well as family counseling, nutritional counseling, medication and relapse prevention.

We offer seven group sessions during the week and five group sessions on weekends and holidays. Our team of doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists and mental health counselors will work with your support system of family and friends to make sure you have a community supporting you on your recovery journey.

Your partner on the path to wellness

Whether in an inpatient or outpatient setting, our senior behavioral health treatment services provide you or a loved one with the necessary tools to succeed. As part of this mission, we provide outcome tools that measure growth from the beginning of our program to your or a loved one’s last day of the program and beyond.

Our Physicians

Alfredo Rivera, MD

Medical Director of Behavioral Health Service Line - TMCA
Medical Director of Geriatric Psychiatry
School: University of Santo Thomas Medicine and Surgery
Residency: University Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio
Fellowship: University Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio
Specialties: Geriatric psychiatry 


Shujah Choudhry, DO

Psychiatrist - Adult & Geriatric Services
School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Specialties: Adult and geriatric psychiatry