COA-LTC (RN-IP): Distinguishing between Dementia, Delirium, and Depression



1.5 Nursing Continuing Education Contact Hours

Target Audience

  • Interprofessionals
  • Registered Nurses


This module reviews and compares the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ (DSM-IV and DSM-V) criteria for dementia, delirium and depression. After taking this module, practitioners will be able to recognize, identify, assess, and screen for dementia, delirium, and depression. Learners will also be able to understand the hallmarks of each of these conditions in older adults and detect red flags.


Audience: RN/IP

Care of Older Adults in the Long-Term Care Setting (COA-LTC) is a series created by the Hartford Institute of Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, in partnership with ArchCare, the Continuing Care Community of the Archdiocese of New York. The program was created to assure that all healthcare team members have the knowledge to care for older adults in long-term care settings. The program promotes team-based, coordinated, person-centered, evidence-based care for older adults.