Working with older people

Older people are at greater risk of developing mental health conditions because of the cumulative effect of numerous risk factors, including chronic illness and isolation.

Professionals who work with older people in the health and community sector can play an important role in dealing with the detection, treatment and management of depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns.

Beyond Blue provides health professionals and aged care staff working with older a range of resources, education and training based on high quality research and clinical advice.

Resources

Culturally adapted screening tools

Culturally adapted screening tools have been developed as part of a study funded by Beyond Blue and conducted by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) that investigated the usefulness of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) in detecting late life depression and anxiety in community dwelling older Chinese migrants.

Find out more about the Culturally adapted screening tools and free resources available 

What works to promote emotional wellbeing in older people– a review of the evidence on psychosocial interventions for older people

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This booklet covers a range of interventions that can be used to promote emotional wellbeing or to help people with anxiety or depression. It summarises the strength of evidence for each intervention and gives case studies to show how the interventions have been used with older people.

Download What works to promote emotional wellbeing in older people

 

Education

The PEAC program provides workshops on depression and anxiety in older people for aged care staff in residential and/or community settings.

Learn more about the Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) program

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