When It's Not Just a Tough Day: Identifying Depression in Older Adults
Length: one hour five minutes
Although older adults suffer from alarming rates of depression, they often subscribe to a generational resistance to diagnosis and treatment. This interactive program will offer a frank look at the types of depression older adults encounter, how to determine who is at risk and how to best treat. Making appropriate referrals, dealing with suicidal ideation and special considerations for institutional will be older adults covered.
Content Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Date of original program: 6.10.2021
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.