Mental Health & Older Adults, Part 2: Mental Illness in Later Life  - PT519

Mental Health & Older Adults, Part 2: Mental Illness in Later Life

by Joan Calandra, PhD, RN
(4.4 / 855 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Worldwide, approximately 20% of the population age 60 and over suffer from psychiatric illnesses and neurological disorders. An estimated 50 million people live with neurocognitive disorders (dementias). The most prevalent neuropsychiatric conditions in the older adult 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 goal 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.
  • 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.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or 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. 19S2440 for 12/1/2019 to 12/1/2020).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-289029 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. 1912-157 for 2/1/20 to 1/31/22).
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: 12/1/2003
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/1/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/1/2022


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 13, 2020
good review of different cognitive issues in the elderly
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Tonia B - Bellaire, TX  ·  Feb 11, 2020
good and thorough course
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Diane C - Rhinebeck, NY  ·  Feb 05, 2020
A good reminder for anyone working with an elderly population
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Lannom S - Galveston, TX  ·  Jan 21, 2020
Good course. Would recommend.
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Alexis W - hallsville, TX  ·  Dec 28, 2019
this course is an easy-read and well organized article that is very knowledgeable and appropriate to clinicians working with geriatrics
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50