Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults, 3rd Edition

About the Course:
The purpose of this basic course is to provide a foundational level of information surrounding depressive and anxiety disorders as they directly affect the older adult population. Information provided within this course will allow the learner to not only understand the etiology of the disorders, but how the disorders can impair occupational performance and satisfaction in the ever-growing older adult populace. After gaining a thorough understanding of the disorders, the learner will be equipped with knowledge of assessments and intervention approaches that will directly enhance the efficacious delivery of occupational therapy services.

Course Objectives:
  • Recognize the types of anxiety and depressive disorders in older adults, identifying the effects on occupational performance.
  • Design appropriate strategies for the treatment of depression and anxiety in older adults, encompassing effective screening tools for occupational therapy practitioners.
  • Describe evidence-based treatments for depression in older adults, and the role of occupational therapy practitioners in these interventions.
  • Utilize evidence-based occupational therapy approaches to facilitate treatment in older adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

About the Author:
Sara Story, EdD, OTD, OTR/L, BCG, CAPS, is an associate professor of occupational therapy at Spalding University. Dr. Story has 14 years of experience working with older adults. Her interests, presentations, and publications include geriatric community-based therapy in utilizing technology to enhance outcomes in older adults, fall prevention, community mobility, and home modification and safety in underserved rural communities. Dr. Story is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is Board Certified in Gerontology from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).