Late-Life Depression

The presentation and characteristics of late-life depression are unique. This seminar focuses on understanding the impact of late-life depression and the importance of appropriately identifying the nature of the depression and applying appropriate treatment approaches. Learn about epidemiology and etiology of various types of depression unique to older adults. Also master effective psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment approaches.

At a glance

What: Late-Life Depression

When: Last offered Sep 8, 2015. Check back for next offering.

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

Cost: $135

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

Instructor: Art Walaszek

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


You learn about:

  • Epidemiology of depression in older adults.
  • Various types of depression unique to older adults.
  • The etiology of these types of depression.
  • Effective psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological approaches.



Learning objectives

  • Explain the overall prevalence of mental health problems in late life.
  • Summarize the relationship between geriatric depression and cognitive impairment.
  • List the four warning signs of geriatric depression.
  • Compare and contrast the Geriatric Depression Scale/GDS and the PHQ-9 for geriatric depression.
  • Describe the evidence-based psychopharmacological treatment for geriatric depression.
  • Summarize the primary reasons older adults may not be adherent to antidepressants.
  • Define evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies for geriatric depression.