Managing Depression in Older Adults

Managing Depression in Older Adults 

Depression is a common mental health problem in older adults, significantly impacting well-being and quality of life. Age-related changes such as loss, illness, and increased awareness of mortality can be contributors to depression, but it is not a normal condition of aging. Depression may lead people to self-medicate, turning to alcohol or other drugs, and can also lead to suicide or thoughts of suicide. This course will teach you about depression and how to detect and treat it in older adults using currently accepted best practices.

$20.00

Hours: 1.00
REL-PAC-0-MDOA

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (9 Match)

California Board of Registered Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

American Nurses Credentialing Center

1.0 HOURS


Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290).

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Georgia Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

South Carolina Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CE provider #50-290) CE Broker Course # 20-[Custom_Code]

West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

1.0 HOURS


New Mexico Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)

This course awards 1.00 contact hours upon successful completion.

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-MDOA
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify at least 3 types of depression and describe their differences.
Identify at least 5 typical signs and symptoms of depression.
Describe at least 5 factors that may cause and/or contribute to the onset of depression.
Identify at least 3 parameters for diagnosing depression in older adults.
Describe at least 3 appropriate interventions for older adults with depression.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Understanding Depression in the Older Adult Population

Depression and Major Depressive Disorder

Types of Depression

Subsyndromal Symptomatic Depression

Unspecified Depressive Disorder

Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder

Depressive Disorder Due to another Medical or Mental Health Condition

Depression and Suicide

Review

Summary

Section 3: Factors That May Cause or Contribute to Depression

Cause and Effect

An Imbalance in Brain Chemicals

The Mind-Body Connection

The Relationship Between Disability and Depression

The Role of Bereavement

Review

Summary

Section 4: Diagnosing Depression

The Process

Red Flags

The Challenges of Identification

Screening: A Reliable Method of Identification

Screening Tools

Depression vs. Dementia

Review

Summary

Section 5: Current Accepted Best Practices and Treatment Options

The Best Approach

Non-Pharmacological Approaches

Types of Psychotherapy

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Pharmacological Approaches

The Role of Antidepressants

Types of Antidepressants

Side Effects

Pharmacological Treatment of MDD with Psychotic Features

Mood Stabilizers

Alternative Medicine

Other Interventions

Pain and Pain Management

Education

Review

Summary

Section 6: Conclusion

Summary

Course Contributor

Resources

References

Congratulations

Instructor: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, “I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints.” 

Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Beginner level Social Workers; Nurses; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
Relias will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Accommodations
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