Mental Health & Older Adults‚ Part 2  - PT519

Mental Health & Older Adults‚ Part 2

Mental Illness in Later Life

by Joan Calandra, PhD, RN
(4.4 / 738 ratings )

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

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An estimated 20% of Americans older than 65 have some form of mental or neurocognitive disorder. The most prevalent conditions are anxiety disorders, mood disorders and severe cognitive impairment. In nursing homes, two-thirds of residents suffer from some form of diagnosable mental health illness. As the population of older adults grows, so will the need for healthcare providers knowledgeable in geriatric mental health and illness. This second part of a two-part series on aging examines psychiatric conditions most common in older adults.


The purpose of this program is to review mental illnesses in older adults. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the manifestation and treatment of anxiety disorders and mood disorders
  • Identify and describe at least two neurocognitive disorders and distinguish them from delirium and depression
  • Discuss the interaction of schizophrenia symptoms with the aging process

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physical therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 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.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 10S1282 for 09/06/10 to 09/06/11, 11S1264 for 09/07/11 to 09/07/12, 12S1458 for 09/08/12 to 09/08/13, 13S1890 for 09/09/13 to 09/09/14, 14S1715 for 09/10/14 to 09/10/15, 15S2268 for 09/11/15 to 09/11/16; 16S1872 for 09/12/16 to 09/12/17; 17S6271 for 9/13/17 to 9/13/18); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP100015836 for 01/01/10 to 12/31/10, CP110015842 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120017461 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019696 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13, CE140021522 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14, CE150023665 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-26728for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-289029 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-289029 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 3443 for 09/06/10 to 09/05/11, 3922 for 09/06/11 to 09/05/12, 4437 for 09/06/12 to 09/05/13, 5234 for 09/06/13 to 09/05/14, 5799 for 09/06/14 to 09/05/15, 2133 for 09/06/15 to 09/05/16; 2016-401 for 09/06/16 to 09/05/17; 2017-414 for 09/06/17 to 09/05/18) for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement; the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002487 for 09/27/11 to 12/31/12, PTCE003871 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14, PTCE006373 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010223 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 630-2010, exp. date 1/31/12, 97-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14, 722-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-447 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-200 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 09/13/11 to 07/31/13, 07/31/13 to 07/31/15, 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-3505 for 09/01/10 to 09/01/11, 437-3937 for 08/01/11 to 08/01/12, 437-4422 for 08/01/12 to 08/01/13, 437-4957 for 08/01/13 to 08/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.

Course Originally Released on: 12/1/2003
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/30/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2018


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Rebecca B - Buda, TX  ·  Aug 06, 2018
Good review of various mental health issues that affect our patient populations.
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Phong N - Riverside, CA  ·  Jul 24, 2018
survey about the course material should be optional
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Renee C - franklin square, NY  ·  Jun 21, 2018
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Raymond W - San Diego, CA  ·  Apr 18, 2018
A lot of useful information
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Kelly D - Avella, PA  ·  Apr 18, 2018
good review of information.
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Price: $19.00
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