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Depression Management 1: Depression in Older Adults Overview

Depression Management 1: Depression in Older Adults Overview

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS, Molly A. Rose, PhD
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
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Depression is very common among the older adult population. The challenges related to this condition are extensive. (i.e. recognition of the condition, cost-effectiveness of treatment, public health concerns, etc). The risk factors for this condition span from race, gender, age, environment, etc. This module examines depression in the older adult as it relates to identification, prevalence, risk factors and the correlation between medical conditions. It also includes pre-test, post-test and exercises. A certificate of completion is awarded, after completing the module in its entirety.

Educational objectives: 

Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify depression among older adults as a public health problem in the US.
  • Discuss the prevalence of depression among older adults.
  • Identify definitions and risk factors.
  • Recognize the correlation between depression and selected medical conditions.
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Technical Requirements and Notes: This learning module uses Adobe Flash media and may require you to add a browser "plug-in" in order to display properly. Most computers already have this free plug-in installed. But, if yours does not, it is very easy to download and install. Try the module first because the software is "smart" enough to detect the Flash player. If the module doesn't begin, you will be automatically prompted to download the plug-in. The module contains links to external websites which will open in a new browser window. Your browser's back button will not return to the module, so these new windows should be closed.

In order to track your progress, you must create an account and fill out a brief demographic profile. Once the profile has been created, you can log directly into the course.

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30 minutes
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Suggested Citation:
Dr. Molly A. Rose, RN, CRNP, PhD and Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS. Depression Management 1: Depression in Older Adults Overview. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2010 Available from: