Online course: Supporting the mental health of older adults in care

Supporting the mental health of older adults in care

Do you work with older adults in long-term care or retirement homes? Understanding mental health and well-being in later life invites you to complete a new training module.

This free, self-directed online module provides an overview of mental health and mental illness in older adults, including their prevalence in the older adult population and factors specific to older, diverse populations.

Explore the many social factors that can affect the mental health of older adults and understand the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, dementia and substance use problems, using a strength-based approach to support positive mental health in older adults in care.

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Learning objectives

After completing this module, learners will be able to:

  • differentiate between mental health and mental illness.
  • describe the rates of mental illnesses common in older adults.
  • recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, dementia and substance use problems in older adults in care homes.
  • identify the key factors that influence the mental health of older adults.
  • explain how to use a strength-based approach to support the mental health of older adults in care homes.

Interested in learning more?

Read more about this project and sign up to be a workshop facilitator.

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