Treating Older Adults with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Eric Lenze, MD Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine

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By 2050 there will be over 150 million older adults with anxiety disorders globally. Symptoms include sleep disturbance, interference with daily activities and distress, which can lead to medical illness such as coronary heart disease, disability, and higher levels of health care utilization. Attendees will learn: - How anxiety disorders in older adults differ from the disorders in younger adults. ~ They can be more detrimental to health and cognition in older adults. ~ These disorders may be more treatment-resistant, requiring aggressive treatment such as the combination of medication and psychotherapy. - Why late-life anxiety disorders are undetected and undertreated. - The benefits of using antidepressants and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy as safer alternatives to treatment for these disorders in older adults. Webinar Speaker: Eric Lenze, MD Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine Dr. Lenze completed medical school and psychiatry residency at Washington University School of Medicine. He trained in a geriatric psychiatry fellowship and a clinical research fellowship at University of Pittsburgh, then joined the faculty, as part of the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research in Late-life mood disorders. In 2007, he returned to Washington University to focus on treatment studies in late-life anxiety disorders and depression. He carries out clinical research in disabled rehabilitating elderly populations and runs a faculty practice treating late-life anxiety disorders and depression. Blackwell Futura Media Services designates this educational activity for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Blackwell Futura Media Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DETAILS at:

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