Anxiety in Older Adults

Increase nurses knowledge of and screening for anxiety in older adults in home care. At the end of this course, participants will demonstrate knowledge gained of anxiety of older adults and screening for anxiety by passing the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.
Anxiety disorders in older adults are often missed or misdiagnosed even though they are more prevalent than dementia and major depressive. Ongoing anxiety can decrease the quality of life of older adults as well as impact the morbidity and mortality of those affected.

Recognizing an anxiety disorder in an elderly person poses challenges due to the physical and mental changes in aging that can mask or impede its discovery. This class is designed to increase your knowledge of anxiety, its signs and symptoms as well as methods to address and treat anxiety and anxiety disorders in your client. Timely detection and implementation of appropriate, evidence-based treatment options can have a positive impact on the older adults quality of life, helping them cope more effectively or overcome their anxiety.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. You will be required to take the pre-test and final exam. You must score 80% or higher on the final exam and complete the evaluation in order to obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Explain the impact of anxiety and anxiety disorders as a disease
  • Describe the incidence, symptoms and effects of anxiety in the older adult
  • Identify pre-disposing factors for anxiety in the older adult
  • Describe evidence based anxiety assessment tools and methods
  • Outline treatment methods to cope with or eliminate anxiety
Contact Time

1 contact hour(s) based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 1 hours

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses. It may also be appropriate for health care professionals such as Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers.

Course Planning Team

Kathy L. Richie, RN, BSN; Kristi Kiehne; MBA; Beth Schoenfeld, RN, MSN, CCP, Tom Davis, PhD, MS LMFT

Course Expiration Date

As required by ANCC, this continuing nursing education activity must carry an expiration date. You must complete the content, Final Quiz and Course Survey on or before that day. The last day to successfully complete this course and receive a Certificate of Completion will be December 31, 2019.

HLC - Higher Learning Commission
Rochester Community and Technical College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
HLC Institution ID:1399
WNA/CEAP - Wisconsin Nurses Association
"Rochester Community and Technical College is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation."
Provider Approval Number 0149-006;
Disclosure Statements:

Commercial Support: This course was developed in accordance with ANCC Commercial Support Guidelines. No commercial support was accepted for the development of this course.

Non-endorsement of Products and Off Label Use: This course provides a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names is always considered before using trade names. Consequently, if trade names are necessary, when available, we will use trade names from several companies. RCTC and the course planning team do not endorsed any products or drugs that may be mentioned in this course.

Author Originating

Beth Schoenfeld - RN MSN CCP

Beth is a Registered Nurse, with a Masters in Nursing with a clinical focus in Gerontology from the University of Evansville in Indiana. The majority of Beth's nursing career has been in home health care, working in both education and administration. Beth is also certified as a Chronic Disease Professional Health Coach (CCP) and has developed this program.

Tom Davis - PhD MS LMFT

Tom is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years private practice in Counseling and Psychotherapy. He has taught classes, workshops and seminars on aging, grief and human development for over 30 years and coordinated graduate programs in counseling psychology for the University of San Francisco. He has a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. in Sociology. Tom currently teaches Psychology and Sociology at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, MN.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. <br><br> Development was supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Minnesota Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC) Grant # UB4HP19196; Subaward Grant # P001768405; Director: Robert L. Kane, MD.

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Professional Health