Mental Health and Aging Issues
Sixty percent of mental health services that older people receive are provided by social service professionals. Yet these practitioners, as well as many in the disciplines of psychology and psychiatry, are often not trained specifically in mental health as related to aging. Prevalence of numerous coexisting medical conditions, greater use of multiple prescribed medications, and stereotypes about aging are among the many issues that make mental health concerns of the older individual complex and particularly challenging. This course gives practitioners the fundamental knowledge about mental health in later life and the tools required to address their clients’ needs in this crucial realm—through appropriate intervention or referral. Case examples and bonus resources are available for downloading throughout the course. (4 CEUs)
- Knowledge of the mental health conditions prevalent among older adults and key issues in service delivery, including barriers to service provision.
- Understanding of underdiagnosis of mental health conditions among older adults, the effects of the stigma of mental illness on older adults, and other vulnerabilities.
- Skills and tools to identify the signs and symptoms of mental health concerns among older people and to intervene or make referrals appropriately.