Topic outline

  • Depression [PSW/Family Caregivers]

    older man in depressive stateThis course introduces you to the relevance of depression and its impact on the lives of older people and their families. You will find information on the common risk factors, signs and symptoms, assessments and treatment that can be offered. You will explore approaches that can be helpful and put your ideas into action using a case study and a variety of reflections.

    PLEASE NOTE: These courses are open to the public with no registration required.  However, if you wish to access a Course Completion Certificate for a course, you must be enrolled as a student.  To do so please contact info@sageducation.ca.


    Course Outline

    • Course Resources
    • Pre-Assessment
    • Lesson 1: Understanding Depression
    • Lesson 2: Signs & Symptoms
    • Lesson 3: Assessment of Depression
    • Lesson 4: Treatment for Depression
    • Post-Assessment


    Course Completion Criteria

    In order to complete this course you must view and follow all the Lesson Modules. Please note that the Quizzes embedded in these modules, as well as the Pre and Post Assessments are provided to enhance your own understanding of the material and are not counted as formal marks.   

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  • PSW/Family Caregivers - Depression > Pre-Assessment

    This simple quiz provides a means of measuring your understanding of the topic before you start this course. When compared with the post-assessment quiz, the data we collect helps us measure the effectiveness of our course design and content as well as providing helpful feedback for the learner.

    In some cases these pre and post course assessments will be required by your employer as part of a quality improvement initiative and/or as indicators of understanding of site-based required educational activities.

  • PSW/Family Caregivers - Depression > Lesson 1: Understanding Depression

    photo of older woman in chair restraintsIn this lesson you will learn about depression among older people, why older people fail to discuss depression and become familiar with the definition of depression and why depression affects older people. Clinical depression is a “mood disorder” that can lead to hopelessness, isolation and despair and can result in premature placement in institutional care as it is sometimes wrongly attributed to the natural part of aging.

  • PSW/Family Caregivers - Depression > Lesson 2: Signs & Symptoms

    photo of older woman in distressThis lesson delves into the risks of not treating depression and provides the learner with the signs and symptoms of depression and details the different types of depression that can occur. Suicide is a distinct and major danger for depressed older people.

  • PSW/Family Caregivers - Depression > Lesson 3: Assessment of Depression

    photo of older woman in distressThis lesson will cover the importance of screening, assessing and using validated tools when older people present with unexplained complaints, failure to thrive, are making a slower than expected recovery from a medical illness or have a recent loss of any kind so that depression is not overlooked.

    When older people present with depression it is important to evaluate the depression by screening and conducting a suicide risk analysis.

  • PSW/Family Caregivers - Depression > Lesson 4: Treatment for Depression

    photo of older man with therapistThis lesson will discuss why It is important to treat depression in older people. Depressed older people often fear becoming a burden to their families and you will learn that depression can and should be treated! Current therapies will be outlined.


  • PSW/Family Caregivers - Depression > Post Assessment & Course Feedback

    This simple quiz provides a means of measuring your understanding of the topic after completing this course.  When compared with the Post-Course quiz, the data we collect helps us measure the effectiveness of our course design and content as well as providing helpful feedback for the learner.

    In some cases these pre and post course assessments will be required by your employer as part of a quality improvement initiative and/or as indicators of understanding of site-based required educational activities.

    Please finish the course by completing the 3-question Course Feedback form.