Depression in Older People

Course Outline

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 the course 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. Â 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.

How long is the course?

1 day

What will you learn?

-Up to date information on the epidemiology and aetiology of depression, specifically in older people.

-An opportunity to upgrade your knowledge on the recognition, assessment and effective treatment of a condition which affects large numbers of older people.

-The means to explore options for drug and non-drug treatments

-Evidence-based tools to help your patients/ clients in everyday practice.


‘Excellent presentation, a seminar that kept everyone’s interest; content very pertinent (RGN, Co Durham)


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