Next Free Webinar: “Keys to Understanding and Ethically Treating Geriatric Depression and Anxiety,” January 22 at Noon

By: Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, Founder & Partner at Twin Cities Physicians

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Handout – Ethically Treating Depression and Anxiety

Clinical depression in the elderly is common, affecting approximately 6 million older adults. Being depressed almost always risks a concomitant anxiety disorder. These diagnoses alone heighten other problems, such as cardiac diseases and doubling the risk of death caused by suicide compared with the general population. The problem is only about 10% of those elderly adults ever receive treatment. Evidence for this suggests that depression and anxiety affects older adults differently than younger people, so it often goes under recognized. What may be thought of as a consequence of a co-morbid disease, may actually be depression. This webinar will demonstrate how to recognize the under recognized and give you the best treatment options available.

This session will cover the following objectives/questions:

  1. Why ethical treatment of depression and anxiety for seniors is important.
  2. How Geriatric depression and anxiety is diagnosed accurately.
  3. What treatment options are available for senior patients.

Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, Founder & Partner at Twin Cities Physicians: Steven Atkinson, Board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine, is Founder and Partner of Twin Cities Physicians, a growing on-site primary care practice serving senior living communities throughout the Twin Cities & southern Minnesota. He also serves as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Utah since 1994 and has been involved in medicine since 1988. Steven is a dynamic speaker and lectures both nationally and internationally. He is also a published author in the area of Geriatric Pharmacology. Steven enjoys working with the elderly and considers it his “passion” in life. His positive personality and energy have earned him several local awards in the arena of Geriatric Adult Medicine.

Research articles:

Mulsant and Ganguli, J Clin Psychiatry, 1999; Burrows et al. J Am Geriatr Soc, 1995; Kessler et al. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2005.

Arroll B, Goodyear-Smith, F. Validation of PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 to Screen for Major Depression in the Primary Care Population. Ann Fam Med. 2010;8(4):348-353

Upcoming Free Webinar: “Ethical Dilemmas with Older Adults in Health and Human Services,” February 20 at Noon

By: Charissa Eaton, PhD, MSW – Professor at Winona State University

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Health and human service professionals often experience complex ethical dilemmas in the course of their practice with older adults and their families. This presentation explores the basic concepts of ethics in the context of interdisciplinary practice and the medical model. Some of the commonly occurring ethical dilemmas such as safety versus self-determination will be discussed. A framework will also be discussed as a tool utilized in making ethical decisions.

This session will cover the following objectives/questions:

  • Examine the complexities of ethical dilemmas in health and human services including the impact of the interdisciplinary practice and the medical model on professionals working with older adults and families
  • Critically analyze common ethical dilemmas in health care such as safety vs. self-determination
  • Utilize a framework for making decisions about ethical dilemmas in health and human service settings.

Charissa Eaton, PhD, MSW is a Professor in the Social Work Department at Winona State University. Her research examines how healthcare professionals, especially social workers, assist older adults in making decisions about post-hospital care. In addition to teaching and research, Charissa is active with the Minnesota Gerontological Society and participates on the Elder Network Winona County Advisory Board. Charissa’s social work practice experience focused on working with older adults via geriatric case management and medical social work.

Related Research:
“Everyday Ethics” in the Care of Hospitalized Older Adults
by Jennifer B. Seaman, BSN, RN* and Judith A. Erlen, PhD, RN, FAAN

Social Workers, Nurses or Both – Who is primarily responsible for hospital discharge planning with older adults by: Charissa Eaton, PhD