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Older Adults Living With Serious Mental Illness

1. The 2017 U.S. Census Bureau’s National Population Projections show that by 2030, all baby boomers (people born 1946-1965) will be older than age 65.

A. True

B. False


2. All of the following are the diagnoses most commonly associated with SMI, except for:

A. Schizophrenia

B. Post-traumatic stress disorder

C. Bipolar illness

D. Major depressive disorder


3. Compared to the general population, older adults with an SMI have substantially higher rates of:

A. Diabetes

B. Lung disease

C. Cardiovascular disease

D. Older adults with an SMI have substantially higher rates of diabetes, lung disease, and cardiovascular disease when compared to the general population


4. Although there are more suicide attempts among older adults than younger people, suicide attempts are less likely to result in death among older adults.

A. True

B. False


5. All of the following are ideal ways to prevent or reduce agitation among older adults when there are co-occurring dementias and medical conditions, except:

A. Medications such as antipsychotics

B. Orienting signs

C. Proper lighting

D. Familiar caregivers


6. Cognitive, functional, and sensory impairments that occur with age can complicate the detection and diagnosis of mental disorders and can reduce an older person’s ability to follow through with recommended treatments.

A. True

B. False


7. Older adults are more likely to seek religious support over treatment.

A. True

B. False


8. The development of curricula should be promoted for inclusion in basic professional education for which of the following profession:

A. Physicians

B. Pharmacists

C. Nurses

D. The development of curricula should be promoted for inclusion in basic professional education for physicians, nurses, physical / occupational therapists, and pharmacists


9. Which of the following is the most common mental health condition among older adults?

A. Schizophrenia

B. Anxiety

C. Depression

D. Substance abuse


10. Which of the following programs is a collaborative care model that is effective for reducing depression for older adults in primary care settings and includes shared accountability for patient outcomes and processes of care amongst all providers and stakeholders?

A. IMPACT Care

B. Healthy IDEAS

C. Psychogeriatric Assessment and Treatment in City Housing

D. Helping Older People Experience Success


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