Anxiety Disorders Among Older Adults

Anxiety Disorders Among Older Adults 

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent types of mental illness affecting older adults. Those who struggle with anxiety disorders experience distressing emotional and physical symptoms, which greatly impede their ability to maintain a satisfactory quality of life. Appropriate for clinicians with a basic or intermediate knowledge of working with individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders, this course is designed to help human service professionals identify the most common types and hallmark symptoms of anxiety disorders among older adults. The instructive information, interactive exercises, and case vignettes in this course will teach you the fundamentals of anxiety disorders. Specifically, you will learn the most effective types of clinical and psychosocial treatments available. After taking this course, not only will you be more skilled at recognizing anxiety disorders, but you also will be more equipped and ready to apply your new skill set by providing appropriate information, support, and resources to the older adults with whom you work. 

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REL-HHS-MHA-ADOA-V2

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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-MHA-ADOA-V2
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Recognize the symptoms of anxiety disorders among older adults.
Identify the most effective types of treatment currently available to older adults with clinically significant anxiety.
Refer at-risk, older adults for evaluation and treatment.

Outline:

Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives



Section 2: The Impact of Untreated Anxiety on Older Adults

A. Meet Ellen

B. What Is Anxiety?

C. What Is an Anxiety Disorder?

D. What Do Older Adults Worry About?

E. General Symptoms of Anxiety: Cognitive

F. Quick Check

G. General Symptoms of Anxiety: Emotional

H. General Symptoms of Anxiety: Physical

I. General Symptoms of Anxiety: Behavioral

J. General Prevalence of Anxiety Disorders

K. Prevalence of Anxiety Disorders among Older Adults

L. Risk Factors for Anxiety Disorders

M. Review

N. Summary



Section 3: Anxiety Disorder Subtypes

A. Types of Anxiety Disorders

B. Subsyndromal Anxiety Disorders

C. Separation Anxiety Disorder

D. Generalized Anxiety Disorder

E. Symptoms Associated with GAD among Older Adults

F. Specific Phobias

G. Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)

H. Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder

I. Agoraphobia

J. Meet Catherine

K. Other Anxiety Disorders

L. Review

M. Summary



Section 4: Anxiety Disorders and Cognitive Decline

A. Anxiety’s Mind-Body Connection among Older Adults

B. Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression Can Overlap

C. Co-occurring Anxiety, Cognitive Decline, and Dementia

D. Meet Ming

E. Review

F. Summary



Section 5: Identifying and Treating Anxiety Disorders

A. The Challenges of Diagnosing Anxiety Disorders among Older Adults 

B. Screening for Anxiety Disorders

C. Common Screening Tools 

D. Identifying Anxiety Disorders among Older Adults with Dementia

E. General Treatment Guidelines for Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults

F. Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders

G. How Does Psychotherapy Help?

H. Is Psychotherapy Effective?

I. Psychotherapy Techniques for Anxiety Disorders in Late Life

J. Augmented CBT and CBT for Anxiety in Dementia

K. Meet Maya

L. Summary



Section 6: Using Medications to Treat Anxiety Disorders

A. Most Commonly Used Medications among Older Adults

B. Special Considerations among Older Adults

C. Antidepressant Medications among Older Adults

D. Symptom Relief?

E. Benefits and Limitations of Medications to Treat Anxiety

F. Common Medication Side Effects

G. Benzodiazepines

H. The Special Case of Benzodiazepines in Older Adults

I. Buspirone

J. Antihistamines

K. Other Contraindicated Medications for Older Adults

L. Quick Check

M. Primary Care Providers

N. Specialty Mental Health Services

O. Geriatric Mental Health

P. Where Can I Find Specialized Mental Health Services for Older Adults?

Q. Review

R. Summary



Section 7: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!


Instructor: Lisa Furst, LMSW
Lisa Furst, LMSW, MPH is Director of Public Education for the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC). She develops and implements public education programming that provides information about mental illnesses and their treatment to professionals, paraprofessionals, and the general public. In her role as the Director of Education for the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York, a project of MHA-NYC, Ms. Furst creates public education and training/technical assistance programs to educate professionals and the general public about the mental health needs of older adults. She is a co-author of “Depressed Older Adults, Education and Screening” (Springer Publishing Company), a guidebook to help aging and social service professionals establish a model of mental health education and depression screening in community-based aging service programs. She is a graduate of the Hunter College School of Social Work and is a licensed social worker in New York State. Disclosure: Lisa Furst, LMSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Naju Madra, M.A.

Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

Disclosure: Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: David Patzer, MD
David Patzer, M.D. has been practicing child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry for nearly 20 years. His education includes an undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a medical degree from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. He completed residency training in General Adult Psychiatry at Yale University and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at the Yale University Child Study Center. Dr. Patzer served as Assistant Professor at Yale and subsequently at the University of Arizona in Tucson teaching child psychiatry. He also attended the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Patzer is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine, as well as licensed for practice in both Tennessee and Arizona. He has served in numerous director-level positions for child and adolescent psychiatry. He has also published numerous articles on developmental disorders and substance use disorders. Dr. Patzer currently serves as the Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinical Supervisor for Mental Health Cooperative in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the Medical Director for the Middle Tennessee Bradford Health Services (Addiction Treatment) in Nashville, Franklin, and Clarksville, Tennessee. Disclosure: David Patzer, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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