101048: Mentally Healthy Aging

A Report on Overcoming Stigma for Older Americans

About the Course:

In 2003 and 2004, SAMHSA convened two roundtables of mental health services consumers, researchers, older adults, media representatives, grant writers, advocates, and practitioners. In the roundtables, the participants discussed research findings on older adults and mental health, manifestations of stigma and discrimination, barriers to eliminating stigma, and strategies to overcome the barriers. The results of their discussions are the basis for this course.

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about mentally healthy aging and overcoming the stigma associated with aging. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research findings on older adults and mental health.

  2. Describe how stigma and discrimination toward older adults is expressed and the barriers to eliminating such stigma.

  3. Evaluate and critique the suggested strategies for overcoming the barriers to eliminating stigma against older adults.

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