Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative (GPNI) 7: Depression in the Older Adult


Course Target Audience

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses

Course Description

This module discusses depression in the older adult.


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.

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Describe depression in the older adult
  2. Identify prevalence and risk factors for late onset depression
  3. Apply the DSM-5 criteria for Major Depressive Disorder to the older adult
  4. Distinguish between grief, bereavement, and late onset depression
  5. Integrate screening tools for case finding of late life depression into primary care settings
  6. Discuss suicide screening and management of suicidal ideation in older adults
  7. Describe an initial workup for depression in the older adult
  8. Discuss management of late life depression
  9. Use case studies to describe the clinical presentation of late life depression across care settings
  10. Provide prevention and treatment advice to older adults with depression and their families