Depression in Late Life
Many people believe that depression is a normal part of growing older. However, research tells us that depression is not a function of aging, but rather a common mental disorder that can be successfully treated. While most older adults do not suffer from depression, those who do tend to struggle with emotional and physical symptoms, which greatly impede their ability to age well and maintain a satisfactory quality of life. The material in this training was written by Lisa Furst, LMSW of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance.
Drawing upon content from Berman & Furst’s Depressed older adults: Education and screening and the National Institute of Health: Senior Health, this course is appropriate for clinicians with a basic and intermediate knowledge of working with individuals with late life depression. It is intended to help human service professionals identify the most common symptoms of depression and will familiarize them with the major types of effective clinical and psychosocial treatments available for older adults. Employing the instructive information, interactive exercises, and case vignettes in this course will teach you the skills you need to recognize depression and provide information, support, and resources to the older adults with whom you work.