About emerging issues in elder mental health care


This article describes the basic attitudes and skills needed to ethically work with older adults.

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The student will learn about:
Normal Life-Cycle Tasks
Cognitive Capacity With Aging
Change, Human Potential, and Creativity
Coping With Loss and Bereavement
Overview of Mental Disorders in Older Adults
Overview of Prevention
Overview of Treatment
Depression in Older Adults
Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
Anxiety Disorders
Schizophrenia in Late Life
Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults
Overview of Services and Service Delivery Settings
Issues Facing Families and Caregivers


  • Describe the prevalence of substance abuse in older American adults.
  • Describe the need for treatment of substance abuse disorders in older adults.
  • Identify how the physical effects of normal aging can affect the way an older person responds to alcohol or other drugs.
  • Identify older adult screening criteria for substance use disorders.
  • Identify risk factors in older adults for substance abuse.
  • List physical symptoms that can potentially signal the development of addiction.
  • Describe delirium and dementia.
  • List indications for inpatient substance detoxification.
  • Describe brief interventions for substance abuse.
  • Describe the FRAMES Approach.
  • Explain the different types of treatment settings and their individual characteristics.
  • Explain the different treatment approaches and their individual characteristics.
  • Describe age specific staffing needs.
  • Identify resources for older adults and treating substance abuse in older adults.