Occupational Therapy: Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults, 2nd Edition

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About the Author


Sara Story, OTD, OTR/L, BCG, CAPS, is an occupational therapy faculty member at Spalding University. Dr. Story has 11 years of experience working with older adults. She serves on the Greater Louisville Aging in Place Alliance. Her interests, presentations, and publications include geriatric community-based therapy in utilizing technology to enhance outcomes in older
adults, fall prevention, community mobility, and home modification and safety in underserved rural communities.
Dr. Story is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is Board Certified in Gerontology from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

First-edition editor: Jane A. Painter-Patton, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapy professor and academic fieldwork coordinator at East Carolina University. Dr. Painter-Patton has more than 37 years of experience working with older adults. She serves on the North Carolina Falls Coalition,
North Carolina Healthy Aging Coalition, and the North Carolina Injury Prevention and Violence Prevention State Advisory Council. Her interests, presentations, and publications include geriatric community-based therapy in fall prevention, fear of falling, and home safety. Dr. Painter-Patton is a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi instructor, an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) fieldwork educator certificate master trainer, and a master trainer for the Matter of Balance fear of falling
community-based program. 

Second-edition peer reviewer: Monique Chabot, OTD, OTR/L, CLIPP, CAPS, is an assistant professor of occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University- East Falls campus (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). She has over 10 years of experience in geriatrics and home care, where she often worked with patients who had depression and anxiety. Dr. Chabot also has practiced on an inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit. Her clinical and scholarship interests continue to revolve around working with older adults and improving their quality of life. 

Occupational Therapy Planner: Elizabeth D. DeIuliis, OTD, MOT, OTR/L


Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the types of anxiety and depressive disorders in older adults, identifying the effects on occupational performance.
  • Design appropriate strategies for the treatment of depression and anxiety in older adults, encompassing effective screening tools for occupational therapy practitioners.
  • Describe evidence-based treatments for depression in older adults, and the role of occupational therapy practitioners in these interventions.
  • Utilize evidence-based occupational therapy approaches to facilitate treatment in older adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

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