Anxiety in Older Patients


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Anxiety disorders are not uncommon among geriatric patients and are underdiagnosed and managed, contributing to increased risk for this patient population. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated anxiety disorders among older patients. This presentation reviews the prevalence, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment of anxiety in older patients and provides strategies for medication management. 

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.


  • Recognize the prevalence of anxiety among older patients.
  • Review common anxiety disorders among elderly patients.
  • Determine how to evaluate anxiety.
  • Assess management options for older patients with anxiety.
  • Evaluate challenging prescribing methodology.


Rebecca Lundquist, MD
Director, Broadlawns UnityPoint Psychiatry Residency Program


  • Specialty: Mental Health
  • Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
  • Residency: Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Fellowship: Faulkner Hospital - Boston, Massachusetts (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy)
  • Board Certifications: Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Tyler Zahrli, MD, MA
Third Year Resident, Broadlawns UnityPoint Psychiatry Residency Program


Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine

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Recording date: November 13, 2021
Date of original release: January 10, 2022
Most recent review/update: January 10, 2022
Termination date: January 9, 2025

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
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Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Rebecca Lundquist, MD, Speaker
  • Tyler Zahrli, MD, MA, Speaker


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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