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Management of Depression in the Cognitively Intact Older Adult


Management of Depression in the Cognitively Intact Older Adult

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Judith Crossett, MPH
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
National Institute on Aging
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This product is part of the GeriaFlix series at the University of Iowa. GeriaFlix are multidisciplinary presentations on topics in clinical geriatrics. Presented in a streaming digital video format with synchronized slides, each presentation lasts approximately 1 hour.

In this presentation, Dr. Crossett will address the prevalence of depression in older adults and the barriers to treatment. She will present appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to treating depression in older adults and explain the limitations in treatment with this population.

GeriaFlix presentations are available online, both to accredited medical education institutions for use with students, residents, and fellows. For more information about the GeriaFlix series, go to GeriaFlix are also available to practicing physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners for CME or CEU credit. To receive continuing education credit, you must register for the Geriatric Lecture Series. For more information, go to

Educational objectives: 

This product is part of a series of digitized lectures devoted to topics in clinical geriatrics designed to teach important principles in the management of older persons. By using this lecture series, learners will be able to improve their overall knowledge about managing common geriatric syndromes; understand the unique health care needs of older patients, differences in the management of common clinical conditions, and how physiologic changes associated with aging impact management; develop a working knowledge of important legal and ethical issues associated with end-of-life care; and understand and apply principles of the multi-disciplinary geriatric assessment.

The learning objectives of this particular digitized presentation are:

  1. Explain the prevalence of depression in the older adult population.
  2. List major barriers to treatment of depression in older patients.
  3. Choose an appropriate pharmacologic and/or non-pharmacologic approach to treatment for an older patient.
  4. Recognize the limitations in treatment of depression in older adults.
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Judith Crossett. Management of Depression in the Cognitively Intact Older Adult. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: