“Depression, Anxiety and Suicide in Older Adults: Assessment and Intervention”

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Date(s) - 12/21/2022
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Depression, anxiety and suicide are common issues of older adults. Suicide rates, in fact, for older white men residing rurally continue to be one of the highest rates in this country.  This presentation will discuss the incidence as well as the common characteristics of depression and anxiety specific to late life.  Assessment of the clinical symptoms, needed differentiation and assessments scales will be presented.  The review of treatment options as well as complications such as suicide will be emphasized. An overview of barriers to service provision for older adults will be reviewed.


  • Discuss depression and anxiety in late life.
  • Describe the risks of suicide in older adults.
  • Identify depression assessments scales specific to older adults.
  • Compare treatment options available to treat depression and anxiety in older adults.
  • Critique evidence-based practices for suicide prevention


1:00 – 1:45 PM    Depression in Older Adults

  • Recognition/ Age-specific symptoms
  • Assessment
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Medical Interventions

1:45  – 2:30 PM    Anxiety in Older Adults

  • Recognition/ Age-specific symptoms
  • Assessment
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Medical Interventions

2:30 – 3:00 PM Suicide in Older Adults

  • Who is at Risk?
  • Interventions
  • Evidence-based practices

3:00 – 3:15 PM Case Discussions

3:15 – 3:30 PM Conclusion and Evaluations


INDIVIDUAL WEBINAR costs are $45.00 –   $30 Registration fees.  If Contact hours are needed it is an extra $15.00

Contact Hours/ Continuing Education Units listed below. 

Social Workers, Marriage and Family Counselors and Professional Counselors – Continuing Education Credits has been submitted to   PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Counselors and Professional Counselors for 2.5 Continuing Education hours.

National Academy of Certified Care Managers:  Application has been approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) for 2.5  continuing education contact hours.

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators: The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has approved 2.5 contact hours for Personal Care Home Administrators/ ALR Administrators for this webinar series.


ALL educational programs will be taught by Linda Shumaker, RN, GERO-BC, MA

Ms. Shumaker is a gerontological certified registered nurse who is a private consultant as well as currently in clinical practice in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  She has previous served as Outreach Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition.  In 2005, as founding Executive Director of the Coalition, she advocated for funding and received over $325,000 to outreach and educate older adults regarding behavioral health issues.  She introduced policies to encourage the Mental Health and Aging’s “systems” of care to work cooperatively to serve older adults with behavioral health issues.  Ms. Shumaker also served as the Executive Director of Prevent Suicide PA, a statewide nonprofit to support those affected by suicide, provide education, awareness and understanding by collaborating the community to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma associated with suicide. Ms. Shumaker spearheaded Pennsylvania’s Older Adult Suicide Prevention Plan, one of the first in the country, as well as advocating and obtaining a Mental Health Bulletin ensuring that adults with dementia and secondary psychiatric symptoms have access to mental health treatment.  Ms. Shumaker also has worked at the Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.  Ms. Shumaker has extensive clinical experience working in community mental health, geriatric assessment teams and in long-term care.   In addition, she has been an instructor of psychiatry at the Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, co-chair and founding member of the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Aging Coalition.  She has served as a member of the Older Adult Committee of Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning Council and a member of the Long-Term Care Subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee. Ms. Shumaker has also served on the Ethics Committee of Temple University’s Protective Service Institute. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Alzheimer’s Association and the Advisory Board for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Ms. Shumaker’s “special interests” include ethical and social policy issues in relation to the care of the elderly with behavioral health problems.

 Grievance Policy

Optimize Aging, LLC seeks to ensure equitable treatment of very person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner.  Please submit a written grievance to:  Linda Shumaker, optimizeaging@gmail.com. Grievance would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

For any needed special accommodations, please contact Linda Shumaker at optimizeaging@gmail.com