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Mental Health in Later Life

4th term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
George Rebok, Ph.D.
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2024 - 2025

Contrasts the definition, diagnosis, risk factors, natural history, functional implication, and settings of care for the major mental disturbances of late life, identifying gaps in knowledge and research approaches to fill them. Emphasizes measurement issues as applied to the older adult.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Classify the major mental disorders of late life and contrast the presentation of the major mental disorders of late life with presentation among younger persons
  2. Describe the concepts of successful aging, wisdom, and quality of life as related to life transitions and mental status
  3. Name the chief risk and protective factors associated with each of the major mental disorders of late life and factors associated with optimal mental functioning
  4. Describe methods used to evaluate mental health in late life in epidemiologic surveys and the methodological issues involved in research on elderly
  5. Identify gaps in knowledge of aging and mental health and the research approaches to fill these gaps
  6. Differentiate the problems and opportunities inherent in the treatment settings in which older adults receive care for major mental disorders of late life
  7. Apply concepts to the development and evaluation of preventive interventions for older adults
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class participation and a paper.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Undergraduates only.

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