We’re So Anxious!! Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned in the Management of Anxiety in Older Adults

Thursday, November 4 at 6 PM Eastern

Date of CE Release: 11/04/2021

Date of CE Expiration: 11/04/2022

Learner Notification



Erica Garcia-Pittman, MD

UT Austin Dell Medical School/Ascension Texas


Tawny Smith, PharmD

UT Austin Dell Medical School


Nicole Scott, MD

UT Austin Dell Medical School


Alba Lara, MD

UT Austin Dell Medical School


Victoria Nettles, MD

UT Austin Dell Medical School


Victor Gonzalez, MD

UT Health Science Center at San Antonio


Summary: This session will highlight several challenging and complicated cases of anxiety treated in an interdisciplinary geriatric outpatient clinic and nursing home settings. We will share our lessons learned from these clinical encounters with the assistance of a clinical psychiatric pharmacist. We will highlight a clinical case of Major Depressive Disorder masked by anxiety symptoms. Additionally, we will highlight the difficulties of managing anxiety symptoms in a patient with Bipolar Disorder. We will review management of traditional anxiety disorders in the context of medical co-morbidity and aging with chronic benzodiazepine use. Lastly, we will review a case of neurocognitive decline with associated anxiety symptoms. Our clinical psychiatric pharmacist discussant will review clinical pearls related to the cases presented. Additionally, we will share knowledge regarding literature updates, as well as guidelines for treatment of the aging patient with anxiety.


UAN: JA4008163-9999-21-222-H04-P
Activity Type: Knowledge Based

Objectives for Webinar:

  1. Explore the similarities and differences between uncomplicated anxiety and a mixed episode of bipolar disorder.
  2. Review options for safely tapering benzodiazepines in geriatric patients while still managing anxiety.
  3. Discuss complications and subsequent pharmacological management of anxiety and PTSD symptoms in older adults with major neurocognitive disorder.
  4. Review and recognize a presentation of major depressive disorder mimicking new-onset anxiety disorder

 Acknowledgement of Support

This webinar is supported in part by an unrestricted educational grant provided by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).


Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.



Amedco LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 



Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of1.0 ANCC contact hours.



Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 knowledge-based CPE contact hours.



Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 psychologist contact hours. 


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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships:

The following table of disclosure information is provided to learners and contains the relevant financial relationships that each individual in a position to control the content disclosed to Amedco.  All of these relationships were treated as a conflict of interest, and have been resolved.  (C7 SCS 6.1-­‐6.2, 6.5)


All individuals in a position to control the content of CE are listed in the program book. If their name is not listed below, they disclosed that they had no relevant financial relationships.


Erica Garcia-Pittman

No relevant financial relationship exists

Tawny Smith

No relevant financial relationship exists

Nicole Scott

No relevant financial relationship exists

Alba Lara

No relevant financial relationship exists

Victoria Nettles

No relevant financial relationship exists

Victor Gonzalez

No relevant financial relationship exists



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