Psychiatric Care of the Aging Veteran


The cost for this online course is $10. The estimated time to complete this course is 30 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a pass score of 75%.

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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.


    • Recognize an aging veteran with need for psychiatric care.
    • Describe non-pharmacological interventions for helping aging veterans in need of psychiatric care.
    • Describe the role of pharmacological interventions for helping aging veterans in need of psychiatric care.
    • Differentiate between diagnosis and treatment in older veterans compared with younger veterans.

    Case Studies

    In addition to the speakers addressing the learning objectives mentioned above, the following case will be discussed.

    • Veteran R.D. is a 78-year-old male who was admitted (after this was suggested by his neurologist) to the VA for behavioral issues at home. Veteran demonstrated confabulation to some degree, though some of the “fantastic” stories he told about his life turned out to be true!

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    Termination date: October 25, 2023

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

    James Chambliss, MD
    Broadlawns-UnityPoint Psychiatry Residency


    Lori Suvalsky, MD
    VA Central Iowa Health Care System



    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 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the 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 0.5 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • Other healthcare providers: This enduring materials activity is designated for 0.5 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.

    • James Chambliss, MD, speaker, intends to discuss off-label use of a commercial product.
    • Lori Suvalsky, MD, speaker, spouse owns share in Pfizer stock.


    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

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


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