Q1.What are the common mental health problems in local older people?
They are prone to develop sleep problems (e.g. poor sleep), mood problems (e.g. anxiety and depression) and cognitive problems (e.g. memory loss).
Q2.How can I recognise their problems early and easily?
You may notice that they have gradual (or sudden) change in their memory, speech, emotion and behaviours when comparing to their usual conditions.
Q3.Older people always get worse when they get old, why should I bring them to medical attention?
It is ageism that common people have and make them neglect the early signs until the problems of older people become serious.
If you are familiar with them, you can always pick up the change and arrange appropriate screening.
Q4.What can I do if they refuse to seek medical attention?
Relationship matters. You may ask for help from people who are close to them or seek help from the professionals which they have regular contact first.
Q5.Could I bring my parents for second opinion when they have been attending follow-up at public hospital?
Yes, we are ready to provide quick assessment with the support of the Electronic Health Record of the Hospital Authority.
Q6.What kind of investigation can be provided by the MCCE?
We can arrange bedside examination, cognitive tests, blood tests, ECG and neuroimaging that are relevant to the assessment results.
Q7.What kind of treatments can be offered by the MCCE?
It depends on the working diagnoses and individual needs. We can offer drug or non-drug treatments coupled with referral to appropriate services.
Q8.I have an appointment with the MCCE today but the weather turns bad, what should I do?
No worries. We will arrange another appointment for you in case of bad weather, accident or hospital admission.