Dealing with Depression and Anxiety in Seniors - Johnna Gardner of JG Options

Mar 26, 2013

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Johnna Gardner has been a social worker and caregiver since she was three.  At least that's what her aunt told her.  Dealing with mental illness in her family from the time she can remember, Johnna was destined to serve this segment of the population.

Growing up in upstate New York, just south of Rochester, Johnna later went to the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo, earning a degree in Sociology.  She later attended the University of Georgia, earning her Masters Degree in Social Work.

After spending 25 years in sales and marketing, Johnna felt called to return to her roots.  After earning her masters in 1991, she worked for a variety of health providers, including hospitals, hospices and even did some teaching.  Ten years later, Johnna decided to take her experience into the home, and formed JG Options.

JG Options deals with clients referred for depression, anxiety and mild cognitive impairment.  She now has 15 clinicians that work with her to serve the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond.  Her services are typically covered by Medicare, providing mental health assessments and mental health therapy in the clients' homes.  She tells us that she treats the patient by treating the entire family!  For more information, please call Johnna directly at (770) 414-9742 (office), or (404) 277-3226 (cell).

We want to thank Griswold Home Care for sponsoring today’s show.  Griswold Home Care has been a preferred provider of high quality, affordable in-home senior care in Atlanta for 20 years.