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“I’m Lonely and Sad…” Depression in Later Stages of Life

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Topic Areas:
Mental Health |  Aging
CDPs |  CMC/NACCM |  Continuing Ed |  Social Workers
Joanna Frankel
Course Levels:
Beginner & Intermediate
1 Hour 5 Minutes
Audio and Video
Registrants (Expected or Limit):
Never expires.


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. 

Date of original program: 10.23.2020


Social Work - New York

Jenerations Health Education, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0130. Participants are granted 1Contact Hours of Continuing Education*Live, on-line, self-study

Social Work, MD (Category ll)

Jenerations Health Education is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. Jenerations Health Education maintains responsibility for this program.

Participant is awarded 1Category II Maryland Social Work CEUs


Jenerations Health Education is approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) as a continuing education provider, #20-801JHE. This activity is approved for 1  CMC contact hours.




Social Work

Jenerations Health Education, #1494, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Jenerations Health Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 1/26/2024-1/26/2027 . Social Workers completing this course receive 1 General Social Work continuing education credit.



Joanna Frankel's Profile

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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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  • Successful completion of our continuing education programs will require attendance for the entire event as well as completion, submission of the evaluation form & post test.  Certificates will be provided via your account once program requirements have been met.
    • Please note that for recorded webinars, participants must score an 80% on the post test to receive the certificate. Participants will have 3 attempts to take the quiz. Failure to pass at an 80% after 3 attempts means the certificate will not be provided. Participant can purchase program again to view and make further attempts.
  • To request an ADA accommodations, please contact us via email at  at least two weeks prior to the course date. Requests after that date may not be fulfilled. 
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    • Recorded Webinars: Purchase of recorded webinars can be refunded in full or exchange for a different recorded webinar within 72 hours of purchase date.
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Bibliography & References

Bibliography & References available upon request

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives:

1.Participants will be able to recognize 2 signs and symptoms of depression in their elderly client.

2. Identify 3 strategies to help identify what motivates an individual

3. Identify Best Practices in assessing for Suicidal Ideation



20 minutes: Identify 2 sign/symptoms of Depression in the elderly

20 minutes: Learn how to identify what works for each individual client and what is specifically important to him or her.

20 minutes: Learn how to assess for death wishes and suicidal ideations.