e-Learning: An introduction to the mental health of older people

Published: 2007

These e-learning resources are freely available to all users and, through audio, video and interactive uses of technology, aim to raise awareness of key issues, research, messages, policies and approaches relating to the mental health of older people and, in so doing, positively impact on practice.

An introduction to mental health and older people

Ageing population statistics, defining old, defining mental health.

Attitudes and images of ageing

Attitudes to older people, poverty and old age, older people’s own attitudes.

Risks and protective factors: older people’s mental health

Importance of mental health, defining mental health (2), mental health and successful ageing, promoting mental health.

Common mental health problems amongst older people

Introduction to depression, introduction to dementia, long standing mental ill-health.

Understanding the early stages of dementia

Recognising and diagnosing dementia, living with dementia, community support, values and attitudes in care.

Understanding later stage dementia

Later stage dementia, communication, treatments and interventions, independence, carers and families.

Understanding depression in later life

What is depression and who gets depressed?, diagnosis, risk and protective factors, suicide.

Ageism, age discrimination and social exclusion

Age differentiation and discrimination, ageism, ageism in health and social care, social exclusion.

Services for older people with mental health problems

Service user statistics, policy context, the care pathway, assessment, cross cutting issues.

The life course approach

The life course, life stories, reminiscence and the biographical approach.