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Kristen N. Gardner, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Behavioral Health, Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Mood disorders are the second most common psychiatric disorders in long-term care (LTC) after neurocognitive disorders. Due to a variety of myths perpetuated about depression in LTC and because these patients tend to present atypically, depression is often unrecognized and untreated in this population. Untreated depression is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in LTC.

Delivered on Tuesday, April 25 from 8:45-9:45 a.m., this presentation will focus on the following objectives:

  1. Discuss the prevalence and risk factors of depression in long term care (LTC), elucidating myths about depression among the aging and in LTC.
  2. Describe the diagnosis of depression in older patients, utilizing clinical diagnostic tools and neuroimaging.
  3. Discuss the current treatment approaches for late-life depression, focusing on pharmacotherapy.
  4. Understand the impact of late-life depression on co-morbid medical problems, medication adherence, pain treatment, rehabilitation and risk of suicide.

This keynote will be delivered by Dr. George Grossberg, Professor and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Samuel W. Fordyce Professor

Dr. Grossberg started the first Geriatric Psychiatry program in Missouri, as well as the first Alzheimer’s Disease Community Brain Bank. He is a former president of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry and Past President of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA). He has been a leader in developing mental health programs and in treatment and research in geriatrics.

Dr. Grossberg has edited and written 14 books and published over 500+ articles, chapters, and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. He currently serves as medical editor of CNS Senior Care and Section Editor for Geriatric Psychiatry, for Current Geriatric Reports and Current Psychiatry. He is on the editorial boards of Demencia Hoy, International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s and the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. He is a consultant in the development of protocols for central nervous system disorders in older patients, and he is involved in a variety of basic as well as clinical research projects in the area of dementing disorders, with a focus on behavioral disturbances in dementia.

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