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Mental Health in Older Adults: Pharmacological Treatment

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable the learner with knowledge of the most common mental illnesses experienced by the older adult and the pharmacological treatment of each.


$15.00

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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify four (4) mental illnesses affecting older adults.
  2. Identify three (3) medication classifications used to treat mental illness in older adults.
  3. List three (3) common side effects of psychotherapeutic medications.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge about mental health in the older adult by passing a quiz with 85% or greater accuracy.

Author

Nancy Slattery, RN, BSN

Nancy Slattery is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from George Mason University. She has over 35 years of Behavioral Health experience in nursing. Nancy has been serving in roles in Case Management, Clinical Nurse Supervisor and developing training programs related to mental illness for staff. Nancy is a subject matter expert for Behavioral Health work flows and policies. Nancy has played key roles in educating staff in identifying, supporting and closing gaps in care for members with mental health challenges.

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Mental Health in Older Adults: Pharmacological Treatment

$15.00
This educational activity will explore common mental illnesses experienced by the older adult and pharmacological treatment of each. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have identified mental health wellness as one component of quality of life for the older adult living in a nursing home. Staff working with residents who have mental health issues are expected to have competencies to deal with this population, which includes knowledge related to the resident’s diagnosed conditions. This educational activity has a focus on medication and is best suited for staff who deliver medication. For staff who work with individuals who face mental health issues but are not involved with medication administration, see HCA educational activity “Mental Health- Caring for the Older Adult”.
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