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Detecting and Treating Depression in Older Adults

Detecting and Treating Depression in Older Adults
Cathy Lysack, Ph.D., OT(C)
February 1, 2012


Thanks for a very kind introduction. I also want to extend a welcome to all of our
participants today. None of this work can be done without occupational therapists that
care about older adults and want to make their lives better.
The topic is Detecting and Treating Depression in Older Adults. While I am involved
in this work, I am hardly an “expert” expert. I want to acknowledge my good friend
and research collaborator here at the institute in Detroit, Dr. Peter Lichtenberg. He is a
psychologist, and we have worked together for more than a decade now. I think it makes
a really good team when you put together the expertise in psychology and gerontology
with occupational therapy. We have also been very fortunate to have received funding
from The Retirement Research Foundation in Chicago to support the work that I am
going to be sharing with you today. Lastly, I want to acknowledge The American
Occupational Therapy Association, who has taken an interest in this work as well, and
now has a continuing education product as well, related to late-life depression.

cathy lysack

Cathy Lysack, Ph.D., OT(C)

Dr. Lysack, Ph.D., OT(C) is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Gerontology and a Professor of Occupational Therapy and Gerontology at Wayne State University in Detroit. She joined the University in 1997. Dr. Lysack’s major research interest is in the social and environmental influences on health and understanding how older adults and people with disability redevelop active and meaningful lives in the community after injury. She has studied aging and depression, the independence and safety of older adults who live alone, the impact of spinal cord injury on community participation, and the reasons for and outcomes of residential moves in later life. Dr. Lysack’s research has been funded by the NIH, NIDRR, and the Retirement Research Foundation. She has served for many years on the editorial boards of AJOT, and the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. In 2007 Dr. Lysack was inducted into the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's Academy of Research.

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