Base Knowledge


Teaching Methodologies

Teaching methodologies take an active character, participatory and dynamic, integrating a combination of theoretical presentations with practical exposure and analysis of clinical cases, debates, research, and other diversified activities.
Students can opt for continuous assessment and evaluation for final examination.
Continuous assessment consists of two time points: critical analysis of practical clinical cases (50%) and the completion of a written test or individual work (50%).
Evaluation by exam consists of a written test that includes both a theoretical part (50%) and a practical part (50%).

Learning Results

1. Identify deviations to normal psychological ageing within the scope of mental assessment.
2. Identify the preventive aspects of the disease.
3. Know the mental pathologies of the older person as well as its specificities and atypical manifestations
4. Apply strategies to adapt to disease specificities and manifestations (behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia) and functional decline.
5. Using knowledge about coping mechanisms, either for personal benefit or to help the elderly to cope better with stressful events.


1. Evaluation of mental state of the elderly: normal and pathological ageing.
2. Neurocognitive disorders in the elderly: assessment and intervention.
3. Disorders of anxiety in the elderly: assessment and intervention.
4. Mood disorders: specificities and atypical manifestations in the elderly.
5. Sleep disorders: evaluation and pharmacological and non-pharmacological intervention.
6. Late-onset psychosis: differential diagnosis and clinical presentations.
7. Physical Illness associated with Psychiatry – Delirium.
8. Legal Aspects:
8.1. Abuse and neglect;
8.2. Decisiveness and testamentary.

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

Continuing Evaluation
  • - Frequency - 50.0%
  • - Clinical Cases - Critical Analysis - 50.0%
  • - Theoretical Component - 50.0%
  • - Practical Component - 50.0%




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Baldwin, R.C. (2010). Depression in later life. New York: Oxford Psychiatry Library.
Correia, D.T. (Coord.) (2014). Manual de Psicopatologia (2.a ed.). Lisboa: LIDEL
Firmino, H. (Ed.) (2006). Psicogeriatria. Coimbra: HUC.
Laidlaw, K., & Knight, B. (Eds.) (2008). Handbook of emotional disorders in later life. UK: Oxford University Press.
Sequeira, C. (2010). Cuidar de idosos com dependência física e mental. Lisboa: Lidel.
Quaresma, M.L., & Pitaud, P. (2007). Pessoas com doença de Alzheimer e suas famílias. Perspetivas e análises. Lisboa: Universidade Lusíada Editora.
Zarit, S., & Zarit, J. (2011). Mental disorders in older adults: Fundamentals of assessment and treatment (2nd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.