Frequently Asked Questions

What mental health issues are older people vulnerable to?

Older people are vulnerable to the same mental health problems as the general population. The most common conditions seen in this age group include:

  • Depression, which has a prevalence of 5-40% in the older population
  • Anxiety is also common and often co-exists with depression
  • Psychosis occurs less commonly but is often seen in the context of depression or dementia

Where is Psychiatry for the Elderly located?

Psychiatry for the Elderly is located on the Ground Floor of Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital.

Can I take part in research on mental health?

Research is an important component of Psychiatry for the Elderly and patients and their families may be asked to participate in research. Research participation is independent of the clinical assessment. Any research participation is entirely voluntary and subject to patient consent.  You can learn more about our research here.

Can I take public transport to the hospital?

The 123 Bus passes through the grounds of St James’s Hospital and stops close to the main hospital entrance. From the City Centre, the 78A, 51 and 51B stop at the James’s Street entrance. The 19 stops on the South Circular Road close to the Rialto entrance. The red line LUAS also stops in the St. James’s Hospital campus, close to where the Neurovascular Service is situated. Follow signs to Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing.  The Neurovascular Service is located on the ground floor.   See additional parking information here.

 Is there parking available nearby?

Car parking is limited in the hospital. There is an underground public car park in the middle of the hospital campus that is a 5-10 minute walk to Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing.  Follow the signs from the main hospital concourse to MISA.