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“I’m Lonely and Sad…” Depression in Later Stages of Life
Length: 1 Hour 5 Minutes


Depression is quite common as people age, although not always explored or addressed. Due to multiple medical complications, numerous losses, change in lifestyle and financial constraints, many emotions arise, and symptoms of depression are more prevalent. In addition, our elderly clients are in the stage of Ego Integrity vs. Despair and are experiencing a life review. Therefore, when working with the elderly, a clinician may have to address experiences such as childhood traumas, difficult life events and even both death and suicidal ideations. This webinar will focus on depression in the elderly, what this diagnosis can mean for your client and how clinicians can assess and support an individual in the later stages of life.  

 This content is suitable for both beginning and intermediate levels.  There is an introduction to depression, which is necessary and appropriate for beginners.  It also applies to intermediate levels as it expands upon the introductory level, focusing signs/symptoms of depression in senior as well as discusses strategies and interventions to help manage this debilitating illness.

*Successful completion of this seminar will require attendance for the entire event as well as completion & submission of the evaluation form

Joanna Frankel

Joanna Frankel is a graduate of Towson University with her Bachelors in both Psychology and Gerontology. Following, Joanna obtained her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a clinical concentration and a focus in Aging. Since, Joanna has been working in the long-term care setting for over 15 years. Her experience includes directing the social work department in a 205-bed facility, with clients who have a variety of mental health issues, long term care needs, at end of life, on dialysis and who are ventilator dependent.  Additionally, Joanna is passionate about and has expertise in dementia, advance directives/end of life and mental health issues in the elderly. Furthermore, she has spent the last 10 years consulting in several nursing homes, educating social workers on the proper practices of long-term care while providing clinical supervision. Joanna has always educated interdisciplinary teams, patients and families on various topics on aging. When Joanna isn’t working, you can find her playing ball with her husband and 2 boys or at the nearest sushi restaurant.


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