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Depression and Elders

Posted on February 27, 2017
Presenter:  Dr. Thomas Weiss
Loss is a part of aging - loss of relationships, health, a job, driving. At the same time, depression is not a normal part of aging. Dr. Weiss, a geriatric psychiatrist, will provide an overview of signs, symptoms and treatment of depression in older adults.

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SLUMS Examination & The Geriatric Depression Scale

Posted on March 3, 2015

Caregivers of the elderly often refer to the SLUMS Exam and the GDS in evaluating the health and condition of their patients. In this video, Dr. David Smith, a geriatric consultant, explores the use of the Saint Louis University Mental Status Examination and the Geriatric Depression Scale with three elderly participants. The SLUMS Examination is a screening tool for dementia developed by Saint Louis University geriatricians that identifies mild cognitive problems, and the GDS is a 30-item self-report assessment used to identify depression. Both are designed for use with the elderly.

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Q&A on Loss And Grief

Posted on March 3, 2015

This video presents a follow-up question and answer session to Part 1 of Grief and Loss. Here, Nancy Reeves, PhD, a clinical psychologist, spiritual director, and author specializing in trauma and elderly loss and grief, responds to questions from participants. 

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Preventing Suicide in Senior Communities

Posted on March 3, 2015

Suicide and seniors is a devastating but common occurrence. It’s a delicate topic that can be difficult to address but cannot be ignored. In this video, we discuss how to recognize the warning signs of suicide in seniors and how to create an environment that promotes mental health. The video also helps caregivers understand who may be at risk within a senior community and what crisis response measures can be deployed to prevent suicide in seniors.

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Loss and Grief

Posted on March 3, 2015

For people of all ages and especially the elderly, loss and grief are holistic. They can result in suffering that is physical, mental, emotional. If not dealt with holistically, pain can be pushed inward, creating anger and bitterness. As caregivers, we must connect emotionally with the people we care for, and especially with dealing with elderly loss and grief. We must provide care that incorporates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components. Presented by a spiritual director and author who specializes in trauma, grief, and loss, this video explains how to create holistic care plans so loss and grief can be worked through, and do not become an “expensive emotion.”

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Living in a Nursing Home: A New Beginning

Posted on March 3, 2015

When people are put in a situation where they must leave the homes they know and move into a one-bedroom apartment or room in assisted living, everything takes on a new significance. There is a tremendous loss, and for many, a sense that a nursing home is the last resort. But that simply isn’t so. This video depicts “Living in a nursing home: A new beginning,” and how people in nursing homes can live productive, happy lives. 

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Depression in Elders

Posted on March 2, 2015

This video presents a discussion about depression in the elderly, telling viewers screening questions for depression and the signs to watch for, including depressed mood, sleep changes, loss of interest, guilt, decreased energy, decreased concentration, and appetite changes. The video also reviews how depression in the elderly is diagnosed, its causes, outcomes, and treatments.

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