Age-Related Management of Psychological Issues in Older Adults
As America’s population ages, the need for mental and behavioral health services continues to increase. Recent data indicate that an estimated 20.4% of adults 65 years of age or older meet criteria for a mental disorder, and it has been found that many mental disorders can be exacerbated by chronic physical health conditions. Approximately 80% of older adults have at least 1 chronic health condition, so there is a need to address the effects of these chronic health conditions on mental and behavioral health disorders. In addition, treatment interventions for the optimal management of common mental health conditions in this population need to be identified. This activity is designed to equip HCPs with the skills to recognize the relationship between chronic illness and mental disorders and to help them manage psychological issues in older adults through treatment adherence and behavioral interventions.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Differentiate the common behavioral syndromes in older adults including depression and neurocognitive disorders
- Identify the impact of chronic health conditions on cognitive, behavioral and mental health
- Describe evidence-based psychotherapeutic, behavioral and pharmacological treatments for depression and neurocognitive impairment in later life
- Discuss the factors that contribute to improved adherence with recommended treatments
Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Director, Geriatric Mood Disorders Research Program Site Director
About the Presenter
Dr. Brent Forester is currently the Chief of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at McLean Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Forester serves as Medical Director of Behavioral Health for the Division of Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare overseeing the development and implementation of integrated psychiatric care in primary care settings throughout the Partners health care system. He also evaluates and treats patients and their families in the Memory Diagnostic Clinic at McLean Hospital and previously served as the Medical Director of the Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Unit at McLean Hospital. Dr. Forester established the Geriatric Mood Disorders Research Program at McLean Hospital and is principal investigator on projects including neuroimaging biomarkers in late life mood disorders and studies of novel treatments to manage agitation in patients with dementia. Dr. Forester served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association for MA and NH from 2009–2015 and Chair of their Medical and Scientific Committee from 2013–2015. He is a current Member of the Board of Directors for the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and in 2015 was elected to a 2-year term as Secretary/Treasurer for the AAGP. Finally, Dr. Forester is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics including geriatric bipolar disorder, brain biomarkers in late life depression and bipolar disorder and the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and late life psychosis.
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Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc has indicated the following relevant financial relationships.
Advisory Board: Eli Lily
Grant/Research Support: Biogen, Eli Lily
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers (all practice types), and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in topics relevant to the management of psychological and behavioral issues in older adults.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers