Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Seniors


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The coronavirus pandemic created unprecedented challenges for mental health clinicians who treat older adults. This session will summarize recent data relating to the psychological effects of the pandemic as well as the neuropsychiatric sequelae of COVID-19. Telepsychiatry for older adults will also be discussed, including services in the home and long-term care facilities.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.


  • Identify the psychological effects of the coronavirus pandemic concerning older patients. 
  • Discuss the neuropsychiatric sequelae of COVID-19 in the elderly. 
  • Improve telepsychiatry services to geriatric patients. 


Douglas Steenblock, MD
Chief of Mental Health Services, Iowa Veterans Home 

​Dr. Steenblock has been a psychiatrist at Center Associates since 1995.  He received his medical degree from Creighton University and completed a psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado. ​Although he sees adult patients of all ages, he has a special interest in geriatric psychiatry, and provides service to many of the long-term care facilities in our community. Dr. Steenblock is an adjunct faculty member at several schools and enjoys teaching students and resident physicians. He is board certified in general psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry.


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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.

  • Douglas Steenblock, MD, 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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