Mental Health and Cognitive Aging


Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 or OSSD Equivalent
  • Mature Student
  • Textbook: Mental Health and Well-Being in Later Life by Mima Cattan McGraw Hill

Course Fees: $485.00
Other Compulsory Fees: Inclusive
Course Hours: 55 Hours
Course Intake: Every Monday
Department: PT – Continuing Education


In this course, will build on skills and knowledge gained in The Essentials of Abnormal Psychology as well as Gerontology Foundations and Life Span Development. In this course the student will explore the changing face of mental health care in Canada and the evolution of care for those who suffer with cognitive impairment. The student will learn about challenges experienced by individuals and their families who are coping with cognitive impairments such as delirium, dementia and delusions and selected mental health challenges such as depression, suicide ideation, bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive-disorders, schizophrenia and substance abuse. The student will explore strategies for communicating with and caring for individuals with these health issues using different models of care to manage the challenging behaviours in a safe and respectful way. Additionally, the student will become familiar with individual and community resources available to support the families and caregivers of those coping with cognitive impairment and/or mental health issues.


North Bay Campus or Online –

Part 1: Describe, define and recognize symptoms of the major mental health disorders, including dementia
Part 2: Compare Delirium, Confusion & dementia, discuss related dementias
Part 3: Discuss and define Alzheimer’s disease

Skill Competencies: Demonstrate working with older adults to assist them in setting goals that promote optimal functioning, well-being and quality of life. Demonstrate advocating support of health and well-being of older adults. Illustrate the processes of normal and abnormal cognitive aging, including the review of dementias of different origins

Knowledge Competencies: Identify the needs, strengths and resources of older adults to assist them in setting goals that promote optimal functioning, well-being and quality of life. Recognize how to support and health and well-being of older adults.