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Health Thoughts: Recognizing and Treating Anxiety & Depression in Individuals with Dementia

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

This program is a webinar. This program is made possible through a grant from the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, a regional Foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Objectives

  • Learn to recognize potential symptoms of depression and anxiety in older adults, and how to assist them in accessing treatment.
  • Identify barriers to accessing effective treatment for older adults with depression and anxiety, and how to advocate for and encourage proper diagnosis and intervention.
  • Identify protective factors for anxiety and depression, and community or natural supports that can supplement professional treatment and support prevention, recovery from symptoms, and ongoing maintenance on mental health.

Summary: Anxiety and depression are mood disorders that can impact a person at any stage of life, however in older adulthood they may less likely to be identified and treated sufficiently. This training looks at the prevalence rates of anxiety and depression and the risk factors that lead to these mood disorders in older adulthood. Screening and treatment options will be discussed, both through the lens of professional or medical services as well as community supports and healthy living. Finally, protective factors to support older adults against mood disorders will be reviewed, as well as a discussion of how to develop these protective skills in more vulnerable populations.

Registration Fee: $10

2.0 Social Work CEUs available