GWEP - Late Life Depression


The South East Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (SETxGWEP), was funded in 2019 by the United States’ Health Resources Services Administration to prepare the Southeast Texas region with the training and resources to address the specific concerns of aging adults and their caregivers. To learn more about the program, please visit

Needs Statement

This enduring activity is aimed to educate non-geriatric professionals in recognizing and addressing geriatric mental health concerns that can exacerbate physician health conditions. This course will identify common symptoms and characteristics, review the psychiatric co-morbidities, and identify appropriate screening tools for late life depression in older adults. 

Target Audience

This activity is for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Social Workers or other healthcare professionals involved in the care of older adults.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to: 

  • Identify common symptoms and characteristics of late life depression in older adults
  • Explain the relationship between late life depression and psychiatric co-morbidities, including suicide risk
  • Identify the challenges in assessing depression and appropriate screening tools to diagnose late life depression 
  • Distinguish important factors in prescribing anti-depressants




Evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation, and possible bias.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


This activity is in an online video module format and includes a two-part didactic presentation.

To receive a certificate you should:

  1. View the presentation in this enduring material.
  2. Complete and submit the evaluation form.
  3. The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials, is 0.75 hour(s).


April 2022 through April 2024. Original release date: April 2022 


This activity is designed for use by healthcare professionals for educational purposes only. Information and opinion offered by the contributors represent their viewpoints. Conclusions drawn by the participant should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information. Prescription information and use of medical devices should be undertaken only after confirmation of information by consulting the FDA-approved uses and information.

Baylor College of Medicine makes every effort to have accurate information presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered. The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic decision-making before applying any information, whether provided here or by others, for any professional use.

Links are provided to other Internet sites solely for the convenience of users. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the site's terms and conditions of use including copyright and licensing restrictions.


Some drugs/devices identified during this activity may have United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for specific purposes only or for use in restricted research settings. The FDA has stated that it is the responsibility of the individual physician to determine the FDA status of each drug or device that he/she wishes to use in clinical practice and to use the products in compliance with applicable law.

Baylor College of Medicine requires that all faculty/presenters disclose an unlabeled use or investigational use of pharmaceutical and medical device products, and provide adequate scientific and clinical justification for such use.  Physicians are urged to fully review all the available data on products or procedures before using them to treat patients.


Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.  BCM is committed to sponsoring CE activities that are scientifically based, accurate, current, and objectively presented.

In  accordance  with  the  ACCME  Standards for  Commercial Support, BCM has  implemented a mechanism requiring everyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity (i.e., directors, planning committee members, faculty) to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests (drug/device companies) and manage/resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. Individuals must disclose to participants the existence or non-existence of financial relationships at the time of the activity or within 24 months prior.

In addition, BCM has requested activity faculty/presenters to disclose to participants any unlabeled use or investigational use of pharmaceutical/device products; to use scientific or generic names (not trade names) in referring to products; and, if necessary to use a trade name, to use the names of similar products or those within a class. Faculty/presenters have also been requested to adhere to the ACCME’s validation of clinical content statements.

BCM does not view the existence of financial relationships with commercial interests as implying bias or decreasing the value of a presentation. It is up to participants to determine whether the relationships influence the activity faculty with regard to exposition or conclusions.  If at any time during this activity you feel that there has been commercial/promotional bias, notify the Activity Director or Activity Coordinator. Please answer the questions about balance and objectivity in the activity evaluation candidly. 

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.


Mark Kunik, M.D., M.P.H. - Activity Director and Presenter
Professor, Psychiatry Research
Baylor College of Medicine
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

Syed Imam, M.D. - Co-Activity Director
Faculty, Department of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

Peer Reviewer

In March 2022, this continuing medical education online enduring activity was reviewed by: Ashish Sarangi, M.D. To ensure the continued scientific relevance of this enduring material, its content will be reviewed again in April 2024.

Ashish Sarangi, M.D. 
Fellow Physician PGY5
Baylor College of Medicine
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Baylor College of Medicine and SETxGWEP. Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Participation
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