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SAMPLE COURSE MATERIAL

The number of Americans age 65 and older increased by 25 percent from 2003 to 2013 and the next 25 years promise another 50 percent increase. From 2018 to 2038, the number of Americans age 85 and older is expected to more than double from 6 million to 14.6 million.

Nearly one in five older adults have one or more mental health or substance use conditions (referred to in this document under the umbrella term, “behavioral health”). About 16 percent of women and 11 percent of men age 65 and older experience symptoms of depression. The majority of older adults’ behavioral health issues are identified and treated in primary care settings instead of specialty behavioral health settings.

SAMPLE POST TEST

  • The number of Americans age 65 and older increased by what percent from 2003 to 2013?
    1. 25%
    2. 10%
    3. 75%
    4. 50%
  • The number of Americans age 65 and older is expected to increase by what percent in the next 25 years?
    1. 10%
    2. 50%
    3. 75%
    4. 25%
  • From 2018 to 2038, the number of Americans age 85 and older is expected to do what?
    1. Double
    2. Triple
    3. Decrease
    4. None of the above

CE Hours: 1
Instructor: SAMHSA

Course Description:

This 1 credit hour home study course is for mental health and health care professionals who want to lean more about the challenges and complexities of working with the aging population. The home study course will discuss the a variety of issues facing the aging population including complex chronic health conditions, drug use and abuse, health disparities, safety concerns, and behavioral health and physical health. This course will also cover topics such as the signs of elder abuse, caregiver concerns often associated with adults age 65 and older, and discuss ways of ensuring integrative care for an aging population.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the complex health conditions facing those aged 65 and older.
  • Discuss signs and symptoms of elder abuse.
  • Explain the relationship between behavioral health and physical health.
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Section 2
Final Quiz