March 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Healthy Thoughts: Recognizing and Treating Anxiety & Depression in Individuals with Dementia
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Registration Fee: $10
2.0 Social Work CEUs available
This program is made possible through a grant from the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, a regional Foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
Anxiety and depression are mood disorders that can impact a person at any stage of life, however in older adulthood they may less likely to be identified and treated sufficiently. This training looks at the prevalence rates of anxiety and depression and the risk factors that lead to these mood disorders in older adulthood with a particular focus on older adults with dementia. Screening and treatment options will be discussed, both through the lens of professional or medical services as well as community supports and healthy living. Finally, protective factors to support older adults with dementia against mood disorders will be reviewed, as well as a discussion of how to develop these protective skills in more vulnerable populations.
- Learn to recognize potential symptoms of depression and anxiety in older adults specifically those experiencing dementia, and how to assist them in accessing treatment.
- Identify barriers to accessing effective treatment for older adults with dementia and symptoms with depression and anxiety, and how to advocate for these populations and encourage proper diagnosis and intervention.
- Identify protective factors for anxiety and depression, and community or natural supports that can supplement professional treatment and support prevention, recovery from symptoms, and ongoing maintenance on mental health.
Facilitator: Erin Edwards
Erin Edwards is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts, with a Masters in Psychology. Erin currently works for Penn State College of Medicine/ Hershey Medical Center with the Division of Autism within the Department of Psychiatry. Erin and PennCares Support Services have worked together for many years developing trainings encompassing older adults and issues surrounding behavioral health. Erin has worked with children with autism and other mental health diagnoses across a variety of services, including specialized schooling, home and community BHRS services, intensive family based mental health services and currently outpatient services. Erin has also worked with adults, in community, home and work settings, with autism and co-morbid mood and mental health diagnoses, as well as hoarding behaviors and anxiety, depression and matters surrounding suicide. In supervisory positions, Erin has provided a large variety of trainings to direct care staff with a focus on practical interventions strategies and reducing frustration or fatigue in caregiver positions.
*”NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 2 CEUs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”
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