Mental Health Concerns and the Older Adult


About the Course 
The healthcare worker meeting mental health needs will be able to view the older adult within the context of aging theories and identify interpersonal connection, biopsychosocial elements, and the assessment and treatment for common mental health problems in the older adult. The target audience is any healthcare worker who will assess, intervene, or treat mental health needs of an older adult client. Registered nurses, mental health technicians, mental health providers, case managers, and primary care healthcare workers can benefit from the perspective provided by this course.  

Learning Outcomes  

  • Examine the most common theories on aging, developmental tasks, and reflection from the older adult perspective. 
  • Evaluate essential components of the therapeutic alliance with the older adult. 
  • Demonstrate verbal communication styles that enhance the interpersonal connection with the older adult. 
  • Differentiate the social determinants of health and the barriers to care for the older adult. 
  • Select recommended assessment considerations for the older adult. 
  • Appraise biopsychosocial considerations for the assessment for the older adult. 
  • Analyze crisis, loss, grief, and bereavement for the older adult. 
  • Distinguish risk factors, treatment, and recovery for the older adult with a mental health diagnosis. 

About the Author 
Mary Perry, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board certified across the life span. She also holds a board certification as a clinical nurse leader. Her background is medical-surgical, aerospace medicine, military contingency aeromedical evacuation support, and mental healthcare. She received her BSN in 2006 from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, her MSN in 2016, and a postgraduate certificate in 2020 from The University of Alabama. Her previous employment includes the U.S. Air Force as an active-duty nurse; the U.S. Navy in Okinawa, Japan, as an independent contract nurse; and at Troy University in Montgomery, Alabama, as an adjunct professor.  

How to Receive Credit  

  • Read the entire course online or in print.  
  • Depending on your profession you will either Affirm completion of this course or you will need to complete the final exam with a passing score of 75% or higher. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.  
  • Provide required personal and payment information.  
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.  
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.? 

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.?  

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