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Depression is not a natural process of ageing. Approximately 2-4% of the population over 65 years suffer from major depression, which reinforces that the majority do not. However, those that are depressed in this age group are often under-recognised and under-treated, especially those in residential care homes. This course focuses on recognising and managing depression in this age group which can lead to a better quality of life for both patients and carers

Who is Depression in Older People aimed at?

Nurses, Doctors, Carers, Occupational health staff, Counsellors and other health and social care professionals who do not already have specialist training in depression but who work with older people, particularly in the care environment. This practical programme is designed for those who wants to know more about how to help people in this environment with depressive illnesses. Not suitable for Mental Health specialists. Medical background not essential.

Course Length

1 day

Learning Outcomes

On competion of this course, participants will understand:

  • Up to date information on the epidemiology and aetiology of depression, specifically in older people.
  • How to recognise, assess and effectively treat a condition which affects large numbers of older people.
  • Options for drug and non-drug treatments
  • Evidence-based tools to help patients/ clients in everyday practice.

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