Senior Life Solutions Welcomes New Program Director
Tina Cook, R.N., M.A.
Program Director, Senior Life Solutions
MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin recently welcomed Tina Cook, R.N., M.A., as the new program director at the Senior Life Solutions program. An intensive outpatient group therapy program, Senior Life Solutions is designed to meet the unique needs of older adults typically ages 65 and older struggling with age-related depression, anxiety, difficult life transitions, a recent health diagnosis, or the loss of a loved one. As program director, Cook is responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of program staff to ensure quality patient care, and providing community education to create awareness of the program.
“I am delighted to work in the two areas of nursing that I enjoy the most, geriatrics and psychiatric care,” said Cook. “Here I will be able to provide support and compassionate care to those patients whom we are blessed to serve.”
A nurse for 24 years, Cook has worked in many different areas including hospital floor nursing, home health care, long term care, office based nursing and ACT psychiatric nurse. Prior to joining Senior Life Solutions at MidMichigan in Gladwin, Cook was the health, wellness and recovery director at AuSable Valley Community Mental Health. She earned her nursing degree at Delta College and Master of Arts degree in Counselling at Central Michigan University.
The Senior Life Solutions program staff is trained in the use of standardized, evidence-based tools for screening patients at risk of suicide. In addition, the staff assists the patient to create a plan to prevent future suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts.
Following an individual assessment, patients meet up to three times per week in a supportive, encouraging group setting. The program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed social workers, a registered nurse, and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the seniors in our community.
Patients may benefit from the Senior Life Solutions program if they recently experienced a traumatic event, are grieving the loss of a loved one, have experienced changes in sleep, appetite, or mood, or have lost interest in previously enjoyed activities. Referrals to the program can be made by anyone, including a patient’s physician, family member, self-referral, or another healthcare professional.
Those interested in more information about the Senior Life Solutions program may call (989) 246-6332. If you think someone is in danger of committing suicide, don’t leave them alone; call 911 immediately. And if you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255).