72582 - Intervention Methods for the Distress of the Elderly.

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Rabih Chattat
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: M-PSI/08
  • Language: Italian

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes will be:
Knowledge about ageing and trajectories of emotional, cognitive and social changes across life span
Knowledge about psychosocial interventions in elderly people and with older persons with emotional disorders and neurocognitive disorders
Acquired skills needed to assess, plan and undertake psychosocial interventions with individuals and groups in the area of care for elderly

Course contents

The course takes place during the second cycle (from March 2023 to May 2023), is aimed at students in the second year of the Master. Lectures are held at  Department of Psychology, Cesena


1- demographic change e the challenge of non-comunicable disease (NCD). a new health definition

2- Aging: life span perspective. Trajectories of change during life span and interactions

3- Prevention and promotion of healthy aging

4- Frailty: assessment and interventions

5- Dementia, the complexity: from disease model to person and relationship centered approach

6- Psychosocial care model for people with dementia : theoretical framework, approach and care context

7-Mental health and aging: delirium, depression, anxiety and psychosis.

8- Palliative care, advance care planning and end of life care

9- the family caregiving : conceptual models, psychosocial diagnosis and interventions.

10- institutional care and staff: issues and interventions

11- Skills and role of Psychologist in dementia care. assessment and interventions. Care pathway

12- Cognitive stimlation and the well-being of the person living with dementia


Wang S., Nussbaum A.M. (2017). Pocket guide for Elder Mental health. American Psychiatric Association.

available on website:

· Non so cosa avrei fatto oggi senza di te. Manuale per i familiari delle persone con demenza. Regione Emilia-Romagna. www.http://sociale.regione.emilia-romagna.it/documentazione/pubblicazioni/prodotti-editoriali [http://www.http/sociale.regione.emilia-romagna.it/documentazione/pubblicazioni/prodotti-editoriali] .

· Le competenze e le funzioni dello psicologo nell'ambito degli interventi alle persone con demenza e ai loro famigliari. Documento Regione Emilia-Romagna http://sociale.regione.emilia-romagna.it/anziani/temi/alzheimer-e-demenze-senili/documenti-tecnici-attuativi-linee-guida-per-operatori

· La stimolazione cognitiva per il benessere della persona con demenza. Documento Regione Emilia-Romagna http://sociale.regione.emilia-romagna.it/anziani/temi/alzheimer-e-demenze-senili/documenti-tecnici-attuativi-linee-guida-per-operatori

Linee di Indirizzo per il PDTA: http://bur.regione.emilia-romagna.it/bur/area-bollettini/bollettini-in-lavorazione/n-42-del-07-02-2019-parte-seconda.2019-02-06.4576086107/recepimento-linee-di-indirizzo-nazionali-sui-percorsi-diagnostico-terapeutici-assistenziali-pdta-per-le-demenze-e-linee-di-indirizzo-nazionali-sulluso-dei-sistemi-informativi-per-caratterizzare-il-fenomeno-delle-demenze/all.2

Updated litterature reviews will be suggested during lectures

Teaching methods

The course is divided into modules 30th hours the first one and 15th the second.

The classroom lecture will provide basic knowledge on the different topics and methods for interventions

Movies will be used to support knowledge transfer into practice
Case discussions will be also used to discuss clinical practice
Class exercise on planning interventions will be also suggested.

Attendance at lessons is a fundamental part for the acquisition of clinical competences and for the evaluation purposes.

Assessment methods

Learning assessment for this course is aimed to accertain the fulfulling of the following objectives:

1- acquired knowledge about theroeticals frameworks on the psychology of aging described during the classroom lectures

2- acquired knowledge on psychosocial aspects regarding the main mental disorders in elderly populations

3- acquired knowledge about carers issues working with elderly peoples with disabilities.

4-Acquired knowledge about psychosocial interventions with frail elderly

For the assessment of knowledge a written test will be used and the grade score will be up to 30pts. the exam consit in a set of 30 quiz questions with the aim to explore the overall knowledge about the programme

the Multiple-choice questions are related to the contents of the two modules.

For each each correct responses one point is available. Wrong or absent answers will not be scored.

Teaching tools

Slide projector
role playing and case study

Office hours

See the website of Rabih Chattat

See the website of Elena Mariani


Good health and well-being Quality education Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.