Dr Melinda Ginne
Dr Ginne


Geropsychology focuses on the medical, psychological and social concerns that face older adults, their families and their caregivers.

The most common psychiatric disorders of aging are anxiety or depression, delirium, dementia, delusions, hallucinations and behavioral problems.

Memory loss is also very common and has an impact on the patient and their family members.



Dr. Ginne provides care for older adults in an individual, family, or group context.


Behavioral Medicine
  • Clinical Interview and Assessment
  • Review of Medical Records
  • Individual or Group Treatment of the Psychological Aspects of Medical Illness
  • Development of a treatment plan consistent with the patient's environment, personal preferences, financial ability and cultural beliefs
  • Coordination of care with patient's other providers
  • Family Support and Education
  • Patient Advocacy
Gero-Psychology and Issues of Aging
  • Initial Interview
  • Mental Status Exam
  • Memory Testing and Dementia Evaluation
  • Review of Medical Records
  • Written Assessment and Treatment Plan
  • Treatment of Late Life Anxiety, Depression and Stress
  • Treatment of Memory and Dementia Disorders
  • Family Support and Education
  • Consultation regarding placement options and issues
  • Referral to community services such as Meals on Wheels, Legal Services for Seniors, Family Caregiver Alliance
  • Referral to psychiatry or specialty services as needed
  • Coordination of care with other primary providers or case managers
  • Consultation with residential care staff
Additional Services
  • Attendance at residential care team meetings
  • In-service for residential staff on geriatric psychological issues and successful interventions. For example, anxiety and depression, resistance to care or wandering.
Dr Ginne


In 2000 there were approximately 35 million people over 65 years of age and 4.2 million people over 85 years of age in America.

Data from the United States government estimates that by 2010 the 65 year old age group will increase to 40.2 million and by 2030 this population will approximate 71.5 million people.

The 85 year old age group will multiply to 6.1 million people by 2010 and to 9.6 million people by 2030.

As people live to older ages, they often develop a chronic illness and they take an average of 8-12 medications per day. Both the illness and the medication can affect mental status.


~ Dr. Melinda Ginne
P.O. Box 11117, Oakland, CA 94611