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Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Jane A. Painter-Patton, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Peer Reviewer(s): Marian Kavanagh Scheinholtz, MS, OT
Item#: I6312
Content: 1 Course Book (64 pages)
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Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults: Clinical Implications for Occupational Therapy

Price $29.95
Item # I6312
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Expiration Date: November 27, 2019

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

Course Objectives

  • Describe the types of depressive disorders prevalent among older adults, their etiology, and their effect on occupational performance.
  • Identify the process of screening for depression and anxiety in older adults, including the screening tools useful to occupational therapy practitioners.
  • Describe evidence-based treatments for depression in older adults, and the role of occupational therapy practitioners in these interventions.
  • Describe the types, prevalence, and ramifications of anxiety disorders among older adults and their common treatments.
  • Recognize evidence-based occupational therapy approaches for older adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

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 community-based 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.

Marian Kavanagh Scheinholtz, MS, OT, is public health advisor in the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she administers the Older Adult Behavioral Health Services grant program and the development of evidence-based and promising practices toolkits, and is grant project officer for the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration initiative. Prior to joining SAMHSA, Ms. Scheinholtz served for 12 years as mental health program manager for the American Occupational Therapy Association, where she managed national mental health projects and policy and led efforts to develop evidence-based practice guidelines on occupational therapy interventions for autism and serious mental illness. Her clinical practice included directing community-based psychosocial rehabilitation programs for people with serious mental illness and serving as occupational therapist for a National Institute of Mental Health research program for people with schizophrenia.

  • 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.

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