Managing Depression in Older Adults

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 4:00-5:00 PM

Handout & Speaker Bio | Slides

Many older adults suffer from depression. As a member of the healthcare team who is very accessible to patients, pharmacists play an integral role in treating and managing depression. This session will provide an intensive review of the clinical presentation and treatment options for depression in older adults. Interactive case scenarios will aid in the refinement and enhancement of skills needed to navigate this difficult condition and provide optimal patient care.


Learning Objectives - Pharmacists
Upon successful completion of this application-based CPE activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the signs and symptoms of depression in the older adult.
  2. Discuss the efficacy of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options in the management of depression in the older adult.
  3. Outline the mechanism of action, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, adverse effects, and significant drug interactions for medications used in depression.
  4. Develop a care plan for monitoring and managing the safety of medication therapy in the older adult.
  5. Select an evidence-based medication therapy regimen for stabilizing symptoms and preventing relapse of depression when given the clinical presentation of a specific patient.

0.1 CEU/1 hr
UAN: 0107-0000-22-016-L01-P

Sarah Grady, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences