Geriatric Depression and Suicide

Nov 11 2021
12:45 - 13:45
Cascade C

Geriatric Depression and Suicide

Geriatric Depression and Suicide

The elderly are more at risk for depression and suicide due to the losses they experience including retirement, the death of a spouse and/or close friends, cognitive impairment, decrease mobility and medical illness. Depression is not an inevitable outcome however. There is much that can be done from the standpoint of prevention and treatment. These efforts require a partnership between the patient, physician, and yes, the prehospital care provider.

This class will help you identify those clinical characteristics of depression and suicide for those elderly patients who are at risk and how to get them the help and hope they need.

Learner Objectives:

1. Describe how the terms depression and severe depression are commonly defined in the health care field.

2. Describe the difference in how depression is usually handled by both genders in the elderly population.

3. Describe how social and cultural values of youth and beauty have negatively impacted the aging process and attitudes towards the elderly of this country.

4. List common causes and warning signs of depression & suicide in the elderly.

5. List methods of how to assess an elderly patient for depression and how to identify him or her as a potential risk for suicide.

6. Identify lifestyle risks that may be primary or cumulative causes of depression in your patient.

7. Describe how to appropriately manage the depressed or suicidal patient on scene and enroute to the hospital.

8. List the appropriate resources available in your area that may help or assist the elderly patient live a healthy and meaningful lifestyle.