Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative (GPNI) 5: Serious Mental Illness in Older Adults


Target Audience

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses


This module discusses serious mental illness in older adults.


These GPNI continuing education modules represent a component of the Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative to provide online learning in mental health and aging for advanced practice registered nurses and other graduate-prepared nurses and nursing students. The modules were made possible through generous support from the Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative, a partnership of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. A special thank you to leaders of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative for their consultation and support for these continuing education modules and vision for geropsychiatric nursing.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify atypical presentation of serious mental illness in older adults. 
  2. Discuss unique factors in addressing serious mental illness in older adults.
  3. Describe evidence based practices in the rehabilitation of older adults with serious mental illness.