The highest rates of sleep problems and disorders occur in older adults. As humans age, their sleep patterns change. However, having disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day are not a part of normal aging. These symptoms may be a sign of emotional and/or physical health problems.
As someone who works with older adults, you need to recognize the signs and symptoms of late-life sleep disorders. These disorders have unique etiologies that are related to cognitive, emotional, and physical health, ‘prescription medication’, and environmental factors. Knowing the nature of these factors will help you effectively evaluate, refer, and treat late-life sleep disorders.
What you will learn
- Be aware of the prevalence of sleep problems and disorders in older adults.
- Understand how sleep changes occur across the lifespan.
- Understand the bidirectional aspect of sleep and other health conditions.
- Recognize the relationship between late-life mood disorders and sleep disorders.
- Identify screening tools and questions used to identify sleep disorders.
- Be aware of treatment approaches and options with depression and anxiety.
Continuing education credits
0.5 CEU=5 hours of professional continuing education.