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  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
  • Sara Story, OTD, OTR/L, BCG, CAPS
  • Jane A. Painter-Patton, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Peer Reviewer(s): Monique Chabot, OTD, OTR/L, CLIPP, CAPS
Item#: I6403
Contents: 1 Course Book (72 pages)
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Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults, 2nd Edition

Price $24.95
Item # I6403
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: October 5, 2018

Expiration Date: October 5, 2021

Depression is the most prevalent mental health disorder among older adults. Depression and anxiety affect an older adult’s performance patterns related to habits, routines, rituals, and roles, as well as ADLs and IADLs, rest and sleep, formal and informal education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. This basic-level course provides current information on depression and anxiety disorders among older adults, including their types and causes, and their ramifications for occupational performance and treatment strategies. Screening tools and evidence-based treatment interventions are discussed. A case study further elucidates the role occupational therapy practitioners can play in the detection and treatment of depression and anxiety in older adults.


AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation & Intervention

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize the types of anxiety and depressive disorders in older adults, identifying the effects on occupational performance.
  • Design appropriate strategies for the treatment of depression and anxiety in older adults, encompassing effective screening tools for occupational therapy practitioners.
  • Describe evidence-based treatments for depression in older adults, and the role of occupational therapy practitioners in these interventions.
  • Utilize evidence-based occupational therapy approaches to facilitate treatment in older adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

Sara Story, OTD, OTR/L, BCG, CAPS is an occupational therapy faculty member at Spalding University. Dr. Story has 11 years of experience working with older adults. She serves on the Greater Louisville Aging in Place Alliance. Her interests, presentations, and publications include geriatric community-based therapy in utilizing technology to enhance outcomes in older adults, fall prevention, community mobility, and home modification and safety in underserved rural communities. Dr. Story is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is Board Certified in Gerontology from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Jane A. Painter-Patton, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapy professor and academic fieldwork coordinator at East Carolina University. Dr. Painter-Patton has more than 37 years of experience working with older adults. She serves on the North Carolina Falls Coalition, North Carolina Healthy Aging Coalition, and the North Carolina Injury Prevention and Violence Prevention State Advisory Council. Her interests, presentations, and publications include geriatric communitybased therapy in fall prevention, fear of falling, and home safety. Dr. Painter-Patton is a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi instructor, an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) fieldwork educator certificate master trainer, and a master trainer for the Matter of Balance fear of falling community-based program.

Monique Chabot, OTD, OTR/L, CLIPP, CAPS is an assistant professor of occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University- East Falls campus (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). She has over 10 years of experience in geriatrics and home care, where she often worked with patients who had depression and anxiety. Dr. Chabot also has practiced on an inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit. Her clinical and scholarship interests continue to revolve around working with older adults and improving their quality of life.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.