"DEPRESSION in the ELDERLY PATIENT"
E. Pernell, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor , Michigan State University
Department of Community Health, State of Michigan
Director, Michigan Center for Anxiety and Depression
Upon successful completion of this program the participant will be able
n Identify and discuss primary reasons (social, psychological & physiological) why the elderly are much more prone to develop depression than other age groups within the population.
n Understand why the elderly tend to be much more difficult to effectively treat for depression.
n Explain how "aging" tends to adversely affect the epidemiology, symptomatology, clinical course and prognosis of depressed elderly patients.
n Implement effective treatment interventions utilizing antidepressant medications and adjunctive therapeutic modalities to successfully treat depressed elderly patients, especially those who are treatment resistant, treatment refractory and partial responders.
n Identify a variety of antidepressant medications on the market and understand how to choose the best antidepressant medications for elderly patients, taking into account their differences with respect to safety, efficacy and tolerability.
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Nurses, Dietitians and other Health Professionals.