Mental Health & Older Adults‚ Part 1 - PT518

Mental Health & Older Adults‚ Part 1

What to Expect with Aging

by Joan Calandra, PhD, RN
(4.4 / 1571 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Advances in disease management and illness prevention have contributed significantly to advancing longevity over the past century. Today an estimated 15 percent of the population in the United States is over age 65. This number is expected to more than double as “baby boomers” (those born during a period of unusually high birthrates from 1946 to 1964) become seniors. According to the 2017 United States census projections, by 2030 the number of those over age 65 will be greater than the number of children for the first time in history. Consequently, healthcare clinicians will have contact with elderly patients in increasing numbers. Treating these patients will require a fundamental knowledge of healthy aging, so it is paramount to know the effects of aging on the mind and body.


The goal of this module is to help healthcare providers to understand the interaction of psychological and physical aspects of aging in the absence of disease. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the psychological and physical benefits that relationships provide in later life.
  • Discuss age-related sexual changes for men and women.
  • Identify at least three behavior choices that promote healthy aging.

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including physical therapists, nurses and social workers.
Physical Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 18S7428 for 06/11/18 to 06/11/19).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-518127 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1801-198 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/23/2019 to 7/31/2021.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 11/24/2003
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/6/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2022


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Jodi V - Cedar Rapids, IA  ·  Feb 11, 2020
good review of aging brain
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Tonia B - Bellaire, TX  ·  Feb 10, 2020
Good and thorough course.
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Diane C - Rhinebeck, NY  ·  Feb 05, 2020
Good refresher course for anyone working with the elderly
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Rebecca I - Parlin, NJ  ·  Jan 27, 2020
a well-rounded discussion of aging
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Lannom S - Galveston, TX  ·  Jan 20, 2020
Good Course. Would Recommend.
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Price: $19.00
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