Impact of Common Geriatric Conditions on Mental Health

We focus on the complex interplay between late-life chronic health problems and mental illness, and on best practices to minimize the impact of chronic disease on mental health. Learn about the dynamics of chronic disease, symptoms and causes of chronic geriatric illness, and effective ways to minimize consequences of delirium. Master treatment guidelines for common chronic geriatric diseases and create a best-practice management plan.

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What: Impact of Common Geriatric Conditions on Mental Health

When: Last offered Dec 2, 2016. Check back for next offering.

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: $145

Continuing education credit: 5 hours (0.5 CEUs), 5 CECH (CHES) contact hours

Steven Barczi
Beth Fahlberg, PhD

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For additional information, contact Suzanna Waters Castillo, MSSW, PhD: 608-263-3174

As we age, we become more vulnerable to chronic disorders. Eighty-four percent of people 65 and older have at least 1 chronic illness, and 62 percent have 2 or more chronic illnesses. Living with chronic illness over many years can result in chronic pain, loss of function and independence, and increased dependence on others for support. Chronic illness also decreases quality of life due to isolation, depression, anxiety, cognitive loss, and other mental health issues.

In this seminar we discuss the most common geriatric disorders, coupled with the best-practice approaches that professionals should use to lessen the impact of chronic disease on quality of life and mental health. Topics covered include delirium, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pulmonary disease, decreased vitality syndromes, mobility disorders, chronic pain, and genitourinary disorder. Lectures, group discussion, case studies, and videos enhance your learning experience.



Learning objectives

  • Identify 4 chronic conditions that often occur in aging.
  • Identify the percent of adults 65+ who experience chronic pain.
  • Explain what percent of older adults do not report their pain.
  • Describe effective treatment for chronic pain in older adults.
  • Explain the relationship between cardiovascular disease and geriatric depression.
  • Define delirium and explain how, if untreated, it affects older adults.
  • List current treatment guidelines for common chronic geriatric diseases.
  • Collaborate to develop a treatment plan for an elderly person with a complex chronic disease and mental illness.

Continuing education credits

0.5 CEUs = 5 hours of professional continuing education.