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Depression among older adults is a common, but not a normal or acceptable phenomenon. Untreated depression reduces quality of life and can lead to serious complications when not addressed. To better screen for this problem, this program features the GDS short form--a quick and easy to administer tool that can identify those who are most likely depressed so they can be referred for further evaluation. This video discusses the prevalence of depression; demonstrates the screening process; describes some of the challenges in its administration; and explains how the results can be interpreted and used to adapt the plan of care. Included in this program is an excellent discussion among nursing staff, students and experts about how to assist the depressed patient in structuring daily activities and routines to account for changes in energy and interest in the short term, and plan for a return to normal over the longer term. This video organizes information in chaptered formats for viewers interested in specific aspects of the program

Purpose of Activity

To provide registered professional nurses with current information on depression in older adults, highlighting the use of the Geriatric Depression Scale: Short Form (GDS: SF) as a screening tool.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes

After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:

  1. Discuss depression among older adults, including classification and prevalence.
  2. Outline the general use of the GDS: SF.
  3. List the advantages and disadvantages of using the GDS: SF.
Price: $12.95


  • ANCC 2.5 CH
  • DC - BON 2.5 CH
  • FL - BON 2.5 CH

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is also provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 11749. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins is also an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the District of Columbia and Florida #50-1223. Your certificate is valid in all states.
The ANCC's accreditation status of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Department of Continuing Education refers only to its continuing nursing educational activities and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Test Code: TTGDSV1
Published: October 2007
Expires: 3/6/2020
Passing Score: 6/8 (75%)
Authors: Sherry A. Greenberg, MSN, APRN, BC, GNP