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The Nursing Assistant: Understanding & Caring for Residents with Depression

Research shows that depression among nursing homes residents is under-recognized and under-treated. According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a serious medical illness that negatively affects the way a person thinks, feels and acts. Although depression is often thought of as a psychological or emotional reaction to stressful experiences, it may also affect a person s physical health as well.

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Research shows that depression among nursing homes residents is under-recognized and under-treated. According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a serious medical illness that “negatively affects the way a person thinks, feels and acts.” Although depression is often thought of as a psychological or emotional reaction to stressful experiences, it may also affect a person’s physical health as well. Caring for depressed residents requires sensitivity and an understanding of what they are experiencing.

This revised and updated program provides caregivers with an understanding of depression and its impact on the lives of elderly individuals. It also describes ways in which caregivers can assist residents who may be experiencing depression.

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Define depression
  • List 4 stressful, life-changing experiences that that may lead to depression among the elderly
  • Describe at least 3 signs of depression that should be reported
  • Give an explanation of why some elderly individuals are uncomfortable or reluctant to admit they are struggling with depression.
  • Describe at least 3 ways in which caregivers can create an environment of well-being for depressed residents
Products Specifications
Formats Available DVD
Duration 24 min
Supporting Materials
Language English
Languages Available English
Copyright 2014
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Healthcare, Medical Assistants